Arris SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 1-2 business days (Wednesday, Dec 30 to Thursday, Dec 31) + transit
Condition: Factory Reconditioned
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Wow, I was just looking at these to cut costs with Time Warner. I’m in for one.
Would be worth knowing that the current docsis standard is 3.1, so these might be a little outdated in the future.
Was going to purchase but then saw this update very recently on this review for Comcast.
Apparently Comcast did an end of life for the leased version but customers who purchased can still use them. I’d guess end of life for all of these on Comcast is only a few years off.
Still, at $10 a month to lease, it will pay itself off in no time.
Should I be concerned that it’s factory reconditioned? I was about to purchase this new for $70 off of Amazon.
THIS THING IS A TRAP
One of these was recommended to me by several sources a year or two ago. It did indeed seem to function very well, at least much better than the one from the cable company.
At the beginning of this month, following an outage during some major network maintenance, it became unresponsive. Lights came on, but nothing came through, couldn’t log into it. For most modems, this is the part where you try resetting it to factory defaults.
Except you can’t. There is no external reset switch whatsoever. Absolutely the ONLY way of doing anything to it is via the web interface. If you can’t reach that, it’s bricked.
An electronic device without a reset switch is defective. Don’t buy it. I now have a Zoom 5341J instead, because the only Surfboard I could find with a physical reset switch anyone mentioned is much newer and very expensive. It’s working pretty well so far, and the price wasn’t bad.
I got this in an open box sale from Woot, just over two months ago, before I moved to Comcast/Xfinity. Works perfectly, at 25Mbps. Biggest bargain, ever, on modems ($39.99 for open box refurbished).
If you’re not going to upgrade (aka slash your wrists and wallet) to gigabit speeds, you don’t need to worry about DOCSIS 3.1.
One caveat: Resetting is tricky, as you need to unplug everything attached to it, before you restart it, otherwise it will reject any connection. The tech and I were playing around with the settings, but after he left, I reset the changes and it wouldn’t reset the connection; it took me a while to realize what was going on; I suspect all Arris / Motorola cable modems operate this way.