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
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.