[DAILY DEAL 6/11/15] Motorola SurfBoard Cable Modems

Today at Woot, instead of one thing in the daily deal spot, we’re giving you ALL THE MOTOROLA SURFBOARD CABLE MODEMS AND MOAR MOTOROLA SURFBOARD CABLE MODEMS!!

And since it’s a special kinda sale, we thought it needed a special kinda discussion place that you can find here.

Motorola SurfBoard Cable Modems

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Motorola SurfBoard Cable Modems
Price: $39.99 - 69.99
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard OR $10 Two-Day OR $20 One-Day
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 3-5 business days (Tuesday, Jun 16 to Friday, Jun 19) + transit
Condition: Factory Reconditioned

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1/3/2015 - $39.99 - 49.99 - Click To See Discussion (69 comments)

Comments/Discussion from a previous offer

Check out the product page for the Arris Surfboard SBG6580

Picked up the SB6141 (white/non-Extreme - not sure what the difference is with the black/extreme one) several months ago on Woot and I haven’t looked back. It was easy to setup with Comcast - just call them and plug it in and give them the numbers on the box. I had no problems with it be registered to someone else. Comcast did try to keep charging me for the rental though so watch out for that. Sending the old modem back was easy as Comcast partners with UPS so you can walk into any UPS store and do it for free with tracking so they can’t say they didn’t get it…

Here’s a recent review - they seem to like the SB6141 a lot.

I have that particular model. It seems to work rather well. Comcast’s service can be… well… “Comcastic”, but the modem itself is certainly better than the crap they want you to rent.

I am curious why these are refurbs. I bought a SB6141 new three or so years ago to replace my old and failing Surfboard DOCSIS2 modem. So far I have found that my Surfboard modems have lasted anywhere from 4 to 7 years. I always wonder what the failure was that caused a modem (or anything else for that matter) to need to be refurbished when it not that old and is still under warranty. BTW the SB6141 is still working fine.

Do any of these modems have a phone jack?

Wow…it’s almost like we saw one of these in a Woot-off YESTERDAY.

Sure makes me want to say “yes” when making those “quick! Before they’re gone!” decisions for future Woot-offs.

(The SB6141 does work well with TWC, btw)

Most items labeled as refurbs aren’t refurbished, they are returns that are, at most, just cleaned up.

Well now that we’re done beating up on the Onkyo receivers, should we start on the Motorola modems even though they are a great modem?

Modem - that’s what the farmer did to his hay fields.

Maybe, but not all. I learned that the audio optical output of a refurbed Woot Vizio TV was broken when I tried to insert an optical cable. Unfortunately this was several months after purchase, so I’m stuck with using a stereo jack.

Asking a dumb question…
They specifically state that it is compatible with most CABLE providers (emphasis theirs, not mine) I am guessing they would not be compatible with Fios? Although a cable company,Fios is fiber?

Does anyone know if these would work with Verizon FiOs? It still uses a CAT5 coax cable throughout the house… sorry if this is a dumb question.

So being a simple home owner/user and knowing enough about technology to fill Tinker Bell’s tea cup … which one do I need?

No.

No, they will not work with a Fios service. These are for use specifically with a cable service provider.

I recently bought the SB6141 based on this article, last updated March 2015.

I don’t notice it most of the time, which is to say it does the job and I haven’t had problem (the lights are bright though, so don’t put it in your bedroom).

I would recommend the SB6141. Depending on your current bandwidth limits the SB6141 may be overkill right now, but who knows what your needs might be a year from now. If your budget can afford it as a one time cost, why limit yourself?

Do both modems support Comcast’s 105mbps service?
Is port forwarding (bridge mode) supported on either?