Daily Offer 1/2/15: 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 SB6121
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Motorola SurfBoard Cable Modems
Price: $39.99 - 49.99
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard OR $10 Two-Day OR $20 One-Day
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 6-7 business days (Wednesday, Jan 07 to Monday, Jan 12) + transit
Condition: Factory Reconditioned

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Where are the Specs? Nevermind - found them - listed SEPARATELY for each modem

Reviews on the SB6141 over at Newegg

Can anyone explain to a lay person what exactly is the difference between these two?

I bought the black one when woot had it for the same price about a month ago. It has not had a single problem for me and was easy to get installed on Time Warner Cable’s network (a 20 minute phone call). The only difficulty I encountered was the hour+ wait at their office to return my leased modem.

As an added bonus, after I stopped leasing their modem, TWC increased the monthly fee to $8, making my woot purchase an even better deal.

Fair warning, this will only get 150 Mbit on TWC, because of how TWC has their network setup. This isn’t a problem for me, but might be for you. If you pay for 300 MBit, you want a modem with 8 channels, not 4 like this one.

Gee… just in time for those modem rental fee hikes that Comcast and Time-Warner just imposed. Yes, the two worst companies that just merged. At this price, get TWO… one for active use, one as a spare “just in case”.

One is white. That’s the only difference I can find.

edit: correction: as pointed out below, the white has 8 downstream channels.

Basically, the 6121 allows for 4 downstream and 4 upstream channels, while the 6141 allows for 8/4.

For most users, it really won’t make a difference, the 6141 will just allow for higher speeds as they become available.

I personally have a 6141 on 25/5 with Comcast and see the speeds I pay for. I could have gotten a 6121, but found a decent deal. At this price, you might as well also go for the 6141 for future proofing.

Thank you!

I got one of the white ones from Woot awhile ago… seems I need to power-cycle it every couple of days. Can’t tell if it’s the refurb’d modem, or Comcrap. I ordered it from Woot and it arrived VERY quickly - yay! I looked at the origin address on the box, and it was sent from a very close address. A very familiar one… Comcrap’s service center!! So this white one seems to be a Comcrap return/refurb. Maybe it was returned because it constantly needed power cycling…

i just bought refurb 6141 from ebay last night for $65. what a kick in the pants.

PSA: Comcast just went up to $10 on their modem rental fees.

There is a very big difference. The white one has twice the bandwidth for $10 more. I have the white one and my bandwidth increased dramatically over the voice/data modem Comcast leased to me for $8/month. Plus I no longer have a Comcast hotspot to give away my bandwidth to strangers.
These modems don’t have voice capabilities so you will need to unbundle that “service” (get Ooma!).

I don’t know if this is Woot’s trademark humor, but I found it to be disgusting fact a few years ago. When I ditched Time Warner, I returned the cable modem in person at their payment counter. A year later, after I had tossed the receipt, I started getting notices from a collection agency telling me to pay up for the modem I “never returned.” Time Warner can drop dead for all I care.

Fantastic timing. Between lease rates going up and the fact my “provided” unit has to be cycled every few days because it hates traffic, this is a great deal.

Just to add my 2¢, I picked up the 6120 (very similar to these) about 6 weeks ago on here. I LOVE it.

Set up was a breeze, I did it all online without having to deal with a Comcast rep or phone system.

I also kept my old DOCSIS 2.0 (bought years ago on Amazon) as phone only for my VOIP, the rep I had spoken to last time the deal occurred said it was no issue.

Now I just need Comcast to lower (raise) my bill, and come rewire (make worse) my lines so I can get even faster speeds. I’m not holding my breath for that as I’m still waiting.

I have the white one that is used with my Comcrap service. I too have reboot issues (occasionally cannot ping my DNS server). The solution was to add a Digital Logger Web Power Switch to auto-reboot the modem. Wish I could rely on Comcrap to honor a reasonable SLA; nix that - they don’t offer one.

Purchased a 6141 back in June and it has been working great. I’m with TWC in the San Diego area and get every bit of my 50Mb/s download speed we are allotted.

Getting the modem set up was easy too. Great purchase.

Let me preface this comment with a comment:

I do not comment on woots. I saw this product and was instantly so enraged by my last year and a half with a Motorola Surf Board that I needed to put down my 2 cents.

I bought one of these (black one) from Best Buy with a warranty (due to previous router issues) the modem part worked fine, but as a wireless router, I had serious (serious!) issues. Connectivity drop-offs, having to reset the modem/router every few days, wireless issues upon issues…I finally caved and bought an all-new router for our apartment, because the wireless was so terrible.

My warranty replaced the first one, with a fresh unit, and the same issues persisted through two different apartments.

Buyer-beware if you’re going to use this as an all-encompassing solution for wireless at home.

A buddy did however pick up the more expensive version (that does 2.4ghz and 5ghz simultaneously) and has not had a single issue.

Tl;dr buy the expensive one, the cheap one no bueno.

(Comcast)