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Motorola SB6141 - Fastest Cable Modem For TWC


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If you are looking to replace your Time Warner Cable (TWC) rented cable modem, find out if the Motorola SB6141 is your best choice. Read this Motorola SB6141 review and find out for your self.

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Motorola SB6141 - Fastest Cable Modem For TWC

  1. 1. Motorola SB6141 Best Cable Modem For TWC If I were in the market for a cable modem so I could forgo those pesky rental fees, I'd pick up Motorola's SB6141 Surfboard DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem. So far the Motorola SB6141 is the best cable modem for TWC (Time Warner Cable) Someone pointed out that Comcast's modem list shows the SB6141 does not support IPv6. However, this list seems to be not accurate Page 1 of 11
  2. 2. because Motorola's website shows that the Motorola SB6141 does support IPv6 and as such the Motorola SB6141 remains a good pick... The Motorola SB6141 now has 1 ethernet output port and the image has been updated to reflect that. This isn’t an issue for most people since you probably have a router for Wi-Fi anyway. The price of the Motorola SB6141 has been reduced so buying one makes more sense than ever. Recently, Time Warner Cable (TWC) joined the ranks of Comcast and Cox by charging $4 a month to lease one of their subpar (read: dated) cable modems. Here’s one way of getting around it, as noted in ―How to Beat Time Warner’s Bullsh*t Modem Rental Fee.‖ (To be fair, Comcast and Cox have been charging subscribers a whopping $7 a month to lease cable modems for some time.) Should you decide to buy a modem as a Time Warner customer, it’ll take 23 months to recoup the cost of buying a modem like the Motorola SB6141, and at the other two carriers it only takes 13 months—not to mention you can always sell the modem if you ever decide to for a few bucks. Let’s assume you want the most future-proof cable modem currently available and that you’re subscribed to a fairly high-speed service plan. If those two variables are checked off, then the Motorola SB6141 is the right choice for you. Why? For starters, It’s approved for use with Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox. It earned 75% five-star reviews on Amazon and the lowest percentage of one-star reviews at 3.1. In’s FAQ about which cable modem they’d recommend, their answer is officially this: ―I would have to update this question every week, so I won’t provide a list here. Let’s just say that Motorola Surfboard line seems to be the favorite among a lot of people right now.‖ This is what an owner of the Motorola SB6141 has to say: 5.0 out of 5 stars The Bomb, April 19, 2012 By Bluquick “…Anyone that has broadband should have this modem at home. This modem increased our speed by 10 MPS plus... Very easy set up works like a dream and has 1 gig network connect. Don't worry about a fancy box its whats inside that counts…” Page 2 of 11
  3. 3. To back that up, the Comcast community on has been the most vocal about the topic and consistently recommended or concluded that one of Motorola’s Surfboard modems is the best in annual polls since 2004. And according to Jeff Heynen an analyst at Infonetics, a telecom market research firm, the Motorola SB6141 is the most popular DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem in terms of units sold. What is DOCSIS? Before we get into the nitty gritty of why the Motorola SB6141 is a good pick, it’s worth getting the lowdown on what the heck this DOCSIS standard is all about. In a nutshell, Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications standard has allowed traditional cable television operators the ability to deliver high-speed Internet service over their existing hybrid fiber-coaxial infrastructure. To date there have been four versions as governed by CableLabs, a non-profit R&D consortium founded in 1988 by cable operators to oversee the certification of DOCSIS compliant equipment. Each successive iteration has improved the performance and added new features. For instance, the jump from 1.0 to 2.0 resulted in more upstream bandwidth. The jump from 2.0 to 3.0 is one of speed. DOCSIS 3.0 bundles multiple channels for one data stream at the same time, which obviously increases bandwidth over a single channel. How about the other competing modems? First off, avoid anything that’s a hybrid cable modem/wireless router (otherwise known as a gateway). Hybrid modem/routers can be hard to troubleshoot and if yours kicks the bucket, you’ll be left without any Internet service at all until a replacement can be found. Other notable contenders to the Motorola SB6141 include the Zoom 5341J, which is a popular one amongst the Comcast and Cox crowd but not quite as popular or written about as Motorola’s Surfboard line. Given that the Motorola SB6141’s closest competitor is the previous generation Motorola SB6121, which has been around much longer and has more Page 3 of 11
  4. 4. street credit, the Motorola SB6141 is worth considering because it is, in theory, a faster portal. The Motorola SB6141 can bond eight downstream channels and four upstream channels (8×4) topping out at over 300 Mbps down and 100 Mbps up, whereas the Motorola SB6121 only supports four-channel bonding (4×4) both ways, reaching speeds of up to 160 Mbps down. It also only costs $10 extra so you might as well spend a little extra now to future proof your setup. Click on this link to find out how the Motorola SB6141 compares against SB6121. 5.0 out of 5 stars Easy By S. Taylor (WV) to setup, very stable speeds, June 21, 2013 “…I am with TWC and previously was leasing their Cisco 2100 modem. After the fee started ($5 a month) for having their modem I did a little research and decided on this. As of this writing, my speeds have been more consistent than they ever were with any modem i've had previously. The setup was simple, get the MAC address from the bottom and call TWC and they will add it to your account. Very happy with this item…” Futureproofing your hardware Realistically, you’d never be able to reach those speeds regardless. Stephen Froehlich, the principal analyst at IHS’s Telecoms & Media group, had this to say: “As far as I know, no US cable operator currently exploits the full capability of an 8×4 DOCSIS 3.0 modem, but they are instead only running a maximum of 3×1 on their plant. Therefore, an 8×4 modem will last longer, but it won’t run faster right now.” So why stick with the Motorola SB6141? Well, if you’re a Cox subscriber at the highest service tier (Ultimate), for example, you’re going to need an 8×4 cable modem starting next year. Todd C. Smith, the Media Relations Director at Cox told us the following: ―We have started to require DOCSIS 3.0 8×4 devices because of our plans to extend 100 Mbps speeds to additional markets next year (we currently offer it in one market on the residential side (Rhode Island) and multiple markets on the business side). Page 4 of 11
  5. 5. We are in the process of configuring all markets to bond 8 channels. Some are already there and all will be by end of next year.‖ Based on region and tier of service, Time Warner Cable does require the use of an 8×4 cable modem, says a TWC rep. Comcast doesn’t require subscribers to have an 8×4 cable modem at this time and says it is only utilizing 4×4 channel bonding for its 200 Mbps service tier. But it’s important to note that you don’t need to have a service plan that exceeds or even comes close to 100Mbps for your cable company’s infrastructure to require your modem to be DOCSIS 3.0 compatible. And while most of the major providers in the US haven’t fully deployed the DOCSIS 3.0 infrastructure or even support 8×4 channel bonding, they likely will within the next two years. There are also some chatter on the forums that an 8×4 cable modem could deliver a more consistent service experience but that has very little to do with the cable modem itself. In fact, it really has more to do with your provider’s backend, says Froehlich. ―As for reliability, that has much more to do with the condition of a cable plant than anything else. What I see more often than anything else (in a Time Warner plant) is that the network equipment doesn’t have a battery backup, so its subject to power outages. As DSL is built to telco reliability standards (which includes many hours of battery backup), it tends to be more reliable in terms of uptime.‖ Now, just because there’s a huge push to upgrade to DOCSIS 3.0 modems that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to fork over more than $100 right now. But here’s where it comes down your individual cable company and where you are located— If you want to be safe, it is recommended that you go for the Motorola SB6141. But if you want to save $10 now, call your provider and ask if your tier of internet speed (or the tiers you want in the future) require DOCSIS 3.0 or if DOCSIS 2.0 will be okay—and for how long until DOCSIS 3.0 is required. Also ask how long DOCSIS 2.0 modems will be supported. If you’re a Time Warner Cable subscriber, for instance, you could get by with a DOCSIS 2.0 modem for a while since the deployment of the 3.0 infrastructure isn’t yet ubiquitous. But certain tiers of service require a 3.0 cable modem (please see the chart below) even WITHOUT reaching the theoretical caps of the DOCSIS specification, because the carriers have infrastructure that requires more bonded channels. Page 5 of 11
  6. 6. The same goes for all the other major providers in the US, including Comcast even though the 3.0 infra structure has been fully deployed. On August 29, Comcast posted to their Xfinity forums that customers with a DOCSIS 1.1 cable modem would need to upgrade to a DOCSIS 3.0 as the dated models would be end-of-lifed, meaning you won’t be able to use it with Comcast. If you’re a Cox subscriber, you’ll have to pick based on your level of service. Again, only those with the Ultimate service tier are required to have an 8×4 cable modem. If you’re a Charter customer it gets a bit tricky. New customers are issued a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem and are not allowed to use their own. Existing customers who have been using their own modem and haven’t switched to Charter’s new plans can continue to switch up modems as they please. If you happen to be in the latter situation, then your best bet is the Motorola SB6121 or Linksys DPC3008 or 3010. But call Charter customer support before you go ahead and purchase a different cable modem. I received mixed answers from their PR team and online customer support. Unfortunately, it’s hard to say what cable modems they are issuing as it varies based on location, warehouse and Page 6 of 11
  7. 7. technician but they appear to be issuing the Linksys DPC3000. Again, call ahead of time and inquire. A good thing with renting: if you live in an area with a lot of weird power fluctuations and have seen a lot of cable modems get fried because of lightning storms and whatnot, renting means if it breaks the cable company will have to support and replace it. Wrapping it Up Few, if any, professional reviewers have taken the time to test cable modems. But we’re confident based on our research that the Motorola SB6141 is the best DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem available today for those with super fast Internet service. The slightly older Motorola 6121 is a more economical alternative for more economical service plans but that $10 in savings will definitely be cut short as the Motorola SB6141 will stay relevant for at least a year or two longer when your carrier requires DOCSIS 3.0. If you are interested, you can find out how which gives you more value – The Motorola SB6141 or SB6121. Here are some experiences shared by owners of the Motorola SB6141 who are Time Warner Cable (TWC) subscribers: 5.0 out of 5 stars This By GMDave Modem Rocks on TWC, March 25, 2013 If you are looking for a replacement modem or just want to alleviate the cable company rental charges, I'd make this your first choice. My bandwidth use to be all over the place. From 5,600kbps to 32.000kbps and never the same or steady. With the Motorola SurfBoard SB6141 holds a steady signal of 24,500kbps and the peeks are as high as 85,000 to 45,000. They always fall back to average of 25,000kbps, on occasion it will stay higher on slow customer use, late at night and early in the am.. I have been using it for 3 weeks now and no problems. I steam live auto racing, Netflix, Hulu,and more on many computers at the same time all day and night. It even helped my i Racing. There is no lag and no dropouts and even has a cool website menu to see what the modems doing and to restart it. Its worth the money just to upgrade to the DOCSIS3 modem if for nothing else. Page 7 of 11
  8. 8. Thanks for reading this, DAVE Update 05/04/2013 This Modem still rocks. Its so fast I wish I did It long time ago. I still can stream 3 or 4 computers and do iRacing at the same time with no lag. Throughput never falls below 24Mbps and even higher boost than this winter, high as between 45-85Mbps. There may be other modems that stack up but I recommend this one I helped pave the path for US Robotics during the land line modem days. 5.0 out of 5 stars Works By GLeonard67 real well on TWC, March 30, 2013 Works well with time warner cable. Its a better modem than the one they were providing me by far. I am getting faster speeds It's small and so far trouble free. We purchased this for about 100.00, a Roku for about 100.00 and an Obi100 for about 40.00 and now we have free phone with google voice, everything we could ever need to watch on tv with the Roku and our cable bill went from 190.00 per month down to 57.00 (and that is with turbo boost). That is around 1600.00 we will have extra per year to spend on whatever we want. 5.0 out of 5 stars Connect the Motorola Surfboard easily on TWC, then forget it!, January 12, 2013 By Gloria R. Nash "Speaker, Author" (New York, NY) Rather than paying a monthly fee, as my ISP, Time-Warner Cable, was suddenly asking me to do, I opted to purchase the Motorola Surfboard SB6141 modem. I was not really sure of what to expect from this modem that TWC was recommending that I buy. I'd never had any issue with the modem they had supplied me with. It had even outlasted three routers! I took the risk, however, and hoped for the best when I purchased this modem a few months ago. The modem was a breeze to set up. The box is so plain with so few buttons that it would be hard to not create a proper connection---even for the most technically challenged person. So far, I'm happy to report that this modem is working well, silently in the background, as I would expect it to. I highly recommend the Motorola Surfboard SB6141. Page 8 of 11
  9. 9. 5.0 out of 5 stars New Motorola Modem January 13, 2013 By R. Manning (Greensboro, NC USA) puts old modem to shame, There are 2 reasons I bought this modem: 1) the Time Warner Cable-issued modem I had been using was ancient (>5 years old) and 2) I was seriously irked by TWC's new policy of charging users a "modem lease fee." Really? For an obsolete modem I'd been using for years? Anyway, set up couldn't have been easier. Attach TWC coax cable, run network cable from modem to wireless router, and power up. Then I called TWC technical support and gave them the modem's MAC address printed on the bottom of the modem. They activated it and I was in business! For me, the speed increase was amazing. Running TWC's speed test, I got a download speed of almost 17Mbps, which compares to results with the old modem of well under 10Mbps. All in all, I am extremely pleased with my Motorola Surfboard SB6141. 5.0 out of 5 stars Easy November 20, 2012 installation, 50% speed improvement, very stable, By PC (United States) I replaced my old DOCSIS 2.0 modem with this unit, which is on Time-Warner's recommended list for those who want to buy their own modem instead of renting one from them. It only took a few minutes to install, mostly waiting on hold for Time-Warner to enter the unit's "MAC Address" into their databases. There are many very clear, simple videos on the internet about how to install it, if you're not experienced with such things. The installation was "plug the cables in, plug the power cord in, and you're done". As soon as the new modem's "MAC Address" was entered by Time-Warner, the modem immediately began working. The MAC Address is on a sticker on one side of the unit. I then ran the speed tests at [...] and also the speed tests at [...]. Both internet speed test sites showed a 50% download speed increase compared the older modem (20 megabits/sec increased to 29.6 megabits/sec, the maximum allowed by our "Turbo" plan with Time-Warner Cable). This high download speed was much more stable throughout the day. With the older modem I Page 9 of 11
  10. 10. would regularly experience wide swings in download speed and periods of freezing as well as some periods of very slow speed. I have not had to reboot the new modem due to stalling, slowdowns, or any other issues. It works fine with my VPN service, too. As background info, I have a Netgear WNDR3700 N600 router connected to this cable modem and it continues to work well with our 7 Apple Wi-Fi devices and our 5 wired ethernet devices. There have been no issues with this modem or any need for rebooting it. Its Wi-Fi performance is excellent throughout our house, including the basement and extending into our yard. It was easy to setup, with a reasonably user-friendly menu accessible through your web browser. I didn't have to make any changes for the router to link up to the new modem. I hope others have similar success with this modem if you decide to buy it. I highly recommend it without reservation. Be smart. Stop your TWC modem rental and get your Motorola SB6141 from Amazon now and get super fast speeds as well as save money. Click here to buy the Motorola SB6141 cable modem. Click button to buy from Amazon If you are looking to achieve that user experience you are looking for, you might want to connect your Motorola SB6141 to a good wireless router. Find out more here: Netgear R6300 Router|The Best Wireless Router Page 10 of 11
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