ARRIS SURFboard SB8200 DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit Cable Modem, Approved for Cox, Xfinity, Spectrum & others
I switched from an ADSL provider to a 3rd party Cable ISP. The price of the unit was par with just buying the equipment from the (third party) ISP in my case though the worth of these fluctuates on amazon so YMMV. The Arris/Motorola SB6141 is identical products despite the name difference. Despite redundancy, I’ll mention that this will be just a MoDem; most end-use cases would require that this be plugged into a router or a wireless router or (edit) directly into your PC’s Ethernet port if you’ve no other network infrastructure.
Installation is trivial. It comes with a coaxial cable to plug into the WAN port of your router typically, but what it doesn’t include could also be a cable to connect it to the cable outlet which got to be ordered separately or purchased elsewhere. For self-installation, the ISP will want to understand the MAC address of the unit and possibly another information which is found on the sticker on the retail box and also on a sticker on the underside of the unit itself.
In my case they requested I simply take an image of the sticker and email it to them. A technician from the Cable Company may additionally get to visit your building or apartment additionally to complete activation – though mine was activated remotely because the building or unit had cable internet service previously and also the technician just had to check signal strength. The unit runs slightly warm (nothing concerning) and has perforations within the housing for passive cooling. I’d put it somewhere open, not sandwiched between other objects with adequate airflow far away from direct sunlight. It’s about 5-1/4” high, 5-1/4” deep (not including stick out from rear connectors and cables) and 1-3/4” wide.
In closing, the equipment cost in my case is recovered during a couple of months given my new billing rate vs old rate (then my rate will just be cheaper), so I’m quite pleased with this purchase. I’m saving myself some cash (the new Xfinity modem charge is $14 plus tax). So you purchase the foremost recent technology that’s even better than the Xfinity modems and gateways, many of which use the Puma 6 chipset causing severe lag and timeouts which could kill online gaming or video watching. So I’m getting Gigabit speeds of 950Mbps down and 48Mbps up and you’ll not find speeds that cheap ANYWHERE ELSE!
The Arris brand is keeping the Motorola spirit alive and kicking which is great for the competition! The Arris SB8200 is the simplest modem you will be ready to buy for your money directly and if you will be ready to find a refurbished unit on Amazon even better (they didn’t have any once I bought mine but three weeks later they did and for $100 cheaper)!