Motorola SurfBoard DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

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Motorola SurfBoard DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
Price: $49.99
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 3-5 business days. (Monday, Nov 17 to Thursday, Nov 20) + transit
Condition: Factory Reconditioned


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Comcast has been bugging me to upgrade to DOCSIS 3… maybe I’ll buy this (still need to find out if my plan will actually benefit or if they’re just looking for an excuse to put be back on rental…)

I bought mine new and it lasted 11 months on a 12 month warranty. The reviews on Amazon have similar experiences.

I buy a lot of electronics refurbished. But I think, routers and modems… that’s where I draw the line.

TONS of great reviews (4 out of 5 eggs) over at and check out the product page

Highly Touted at The Wirecutter

This is one of the “Time Warner Approved” modems.

Replace your leased modem with this guy, and that unsightly four or five dollar modem lease charge will be removed from your bill.

Bought mine 15 months ago on Amazon for $89.99 (new). Torrent speeds are up modestly from the Comcast Xfinity rental I had before, but mostly just glad to get the rental fee taken off my bill. At $50 you’ll have your money back within a year saving the rental fee, and DOCSIS 3.0 will be here for a while. LEDs are a little bright on the front if you plan on having yours in a guest room or where someone might sleep, but nothing a little electrical tape can’t fix.

I have had one of these (I have Time-Warner, unfortunately) and all I can say is it rocks! Very solid, easy to set-up and customize and no $5 per month charge!

Add me to the satisfied customer list. Bought my refurbished unit off of Woot a long time ago and it still is working withing acceptable parameters.

Time Warner had zero problem with me using the modem, it is on their approved list (as was previously mentioned).

The lights are pretty bright which was also previously mentioned.

I would recommend this modem to anyone that wants to save a few bucks in rental fees or just likes having ownership of the equipment in their home.

Unless you’re in an area that has the 300mbps package. This modem will NOT work for most of those areas, as they use 16 bonded channels and this modem is only capable of 8 (giving it a maximum of 100mbps in most TWC territory). This is from experience.
It’s an excellent modem, but be advised that TWC uses 16 channels for anything over 100mbps, and for THAT you’d need either the Arris that they provide, or an SB6183.


I don’t comment on many products here, but when I do, it’s a SurfBoard modem. I’ve had this for years, and it’s rock solid. Anyone who can avoid silly rental fees with this should be doing so already. If you’re not, now’s your chance, before I need to post about it again! Here’s what I’ve said in the past:

Seriously, why are you still reading this? Just click the yellow button already. It will pay itself off in less than a year if you have a rental fee. Do you really need any other reason?

I just purchased this modem for $59.99 about a month ago during a very similar sale.

This modem solved every random internet drop I had. My network was constantly crashing under pressure, even light strain. I replaced my router with a ASUS RT-AC66U hoping that would help my network. It didn’t. So, I decided to upgrade my now 10 year old rental modem with this guy, and it solved all of my problems.

No more random packet loss, even when not downloading or streaming. No more having to reset the router or modem because of a crash. No more having to pay a rental fee which totaled up to far more than what purchasing a modem would cost.

It was a great purchase, and totally worth it.

If you’re having internet problems, I feel bad for you son. I’ve got 99 problems and a network ain’t 1… At least, not anymore.

Paid $100 for this 18 months ago; still works like a charm.

Blinking lights though, not for your nightstand.

No problem with my Comcast service or my Apple Airport Express. I’m sure that’s obvious but just in case.

Go for it!

I’m not clear: does this also provide wifi connectivity like my current Comcast device, or would i need to buy a wifi router as well?

I got one of these for about $80 at best buys about a year ago to replace my Comcast rental unit and have been very pleased. No connection issues that I can blame on the modem. Yes those lights are bright but not an issues where mine is located.

This is exactly my situation. I had decided I would pull the trigger soon on either this or the 6121… seeing what I was shopping for on Woot… decision made.

I wish I could say I was a happy customer about this modem. I bought mine through a retail shop (sounds like Mest My), but paid Amazon price by price match. Took it home to find it DOA. Maybe you can buy my old one here. I still have the MAC address ;).

You’ll still need a router. Comcast is giving away your wifi if you use their rentals, so I’d suggest ditching it quickly.

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