Get reliable, high-speed internet with this NETGEAR Wi-Fi two-in-one cable modem and router. A range of up to 3,000 square feet ensures broad coverage, while Gigabit+ support enables ultra-fast streaming and file transfer. Compatible with most service providers, this NETGEAR Wi-Fi two-in-one cable modem and router offers flexible use, and the Orbi app allows easy setup and management of connected devices.
The Nighthawk Dual-Band AC1900 Router with 24 x 8 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem delivers WiFi speeds of up to 1.9Gbps. It ensures uninterrupted HD video streaming with 24x8 channel bonding. Save up to $120 a year by eliminating Internet service provider rental fees. This cable modem router supports XFINITY from Comcast, Spectrum, Cox & more.
Before this modem we had given up hope on our internet. Our ping was none existent (usually 20 or less) and our download speed never went higher than 8 although we pay over $100 for 50 mbps download. So after a year of fighting with Shentel we decided to bite the bullet and purchase our own. Best decision ever. I have attached a pic of our current speeds and that is with 2 kids gaming on Fortnite plus our living room tv streaming. We don’t have cable so we do everything online and this modem has made that online experience Seamless! I absolutely recommend this modem to others. If your having connectivity issues it’s likely your modem and not your provider! Give it a try you won’t regret it!May 03, 2020 09:21
The only high-speed internet provider I can use is Comcast xFinity and their SB3 & newest SB4 would not allow for a steady connection and would be offline more than online. Read the end to note if you have xFinity Home, which is Comcast’s security system. After 11 tech visits and 3 supervisors came by, countless call ins, I decided to purchase my own modem/router combo to see if I could resolve the inconsistency & it was resolved.
The associate at the local Best Buy suggested this one since I have so much connected with my home being smart and have several Nest Cameras streaming 24/7. Right when I changed out the modem settings with tech support via FB Messanger (as tech support closed at 8pm), my life changed. I now have constant high speed internet connection and it has not once went down in the couple weeks I have owned this brand and model. If I knew it would have resolved my issues since Jan 2019 and it’s June 2019 now, I would have made this purchase much sooner. Comcast employees can’t explain why “using my own modem and router is working but their devices wouldn’t. Not even the newest model on the market, the SB6).
I have Google Home Hub, Brother laser printer, 2 iPhone Max Xs phones, HD xFinity cable box, Samsung TV, 4 Nest Outdoor Cameras, smart defuser, smart doorbell camera, my xFinity Home alarm system, and much more connected at all times and nothing once since changing to this modem/router have had any issues. When I tell Google Hub to stream one of my cameras, it doesn’t have one delay and I can also have it streaming on my phone app and MacBook Pro all at the same time without gang flaws. With the rented devices, it would lag and have the time not work.
It’s literally night and day difference and I recommend this one to everyone. It has a high range which covers far corners of the home I live in which is 3200 total sq feet. Have great signal while outside and on patio far from where it is plugged in, it’s excellent.
Well worth the money spent to have decent internet access and Comcast xFinity has no reason on why, as I stated above, my personally owned modem will work while the two they offer did not, it is pitiful.
Also, saving the extra $15 per month will add up and eventually over time save me monthly rental fees. My neighbor which runs off the same cable line as the house was built in the 1890s and made into two units have their services and while mine was down, theirs remained up and online. They own their own modem and router which worked when mine wouldn’t. Same connection, different results. All cable lines were replaced, the converters changed out to new ones, the pole had MOCHA filters all changed out, they couldn’t resolve the issue whatsoever.
Note: the touchpad for xFinity Home (alarm system) doesn’t recognize this modem as a modem nor router). Home technicians had to come and place a “side car” gateway, which is plugged into the Ethernet port on back of this device to allow touchpad to utilize WiFi for smart functions and notifications while backup 3g still worked but had delays, the WiFi option didn’t recognize it. I even had a tech from India call center try to make the SB6 modem from xFinity act as a gateway and it would not work (I was given tech a temporary access codes to go into tech settings). It was free of charge for technician to place the “side car” which is basically a wireless router with hidden SSDI and password, all secure and unable to access in general for the touchpad to sync properly to WiFi settings. It’s some security protocol which I tried googling yet not able to resolve on my part.
**photo attached shows the “side car” needed and installed.**Jun 20, 2019 15:07
I purchased this modem router net gear to cut the cords from my Comcast cable as I already have a Amazon fire stick I must say it was very easy to set up I just had to call the company that I bought it from and they help me to finish setting it up and after that it works just really great my Internet is so fast I download like within a fit like a minute I’ve never had Internet be so quick I am able to pick up my channels on my fire stick with no buffering and this is a really great bye I’m so glad that I cut the cords and made this purchaseNov 12, 2019 10:19
When you buy this router it replaces your xfinity router your renting. It has superior coverage and easy customization and xfinity will provision this router readily and reimburse your annual xfinity router rental fee. Fantastic, better and pays for itself.!! SweetApr 20, 2019 12:40
This little router is a beast! It has been able to handle my laptop, 12 security cameras, my gaming console, 2 smart TV’s, my smart thermostat and security system! It’s definitely is good buy!Aug 23, 2021 11:38
so far so good. handles my security cameras as well as all the streaming and devices. the range is fine. i like how easy it was to set up and the nighthawk app is very convenient.Aug 27, 2021 21:20
Purchased this item in a hurry and went by the reviews on Best Buy and it has not disappointed.....Very easy to hook up and is fast....We run sling Netflix and Hulu and never have had a problem....Highly recommendJun 14, 2020 23:20
Bought to save $14 bucks off my internet bill , and so far so good . Was EZ to install and activate with xfinity , and getting the full 100mbps that I pay for. Very satisfied with the purchase and results and would recommend to anyone looking to save $$ on their monthly internet bill.Feb 14, 2021 23:09
Ensure a reliable internet connection with this NETGEAR two-in-one cable modem and router. Gigabit Ethernet ports and channel bonding provide fast internet speeds of up to 680 Mbps, while the simultaneous dual band minimizes Wi-Fi interference when connecting multiple devices. This NETGEAR two-in-one cable modem and router supports WPA and WPA2 security standards to safeguard your connection, and the support for Nighthawk app enables quick, simple setup.
Connect to the internet wirelessly with this dual-band Wi-Fi Motorola cable modem. Power Boost technology provides wireless amplification to the U.S. legal limit so you can watch videos or enjoy high-performance networking. This Motorola cable modem lets you stream media at up to 686 Mbps on downstream channels and up to 123 Mbps on upstream channels.
My internet plan with Comcast is for 200 mbps download speeds. With my old Motorola SBG6680 I was able to get 50-60 on the xfinity speed test and that was adequate for my needs, no issues, no dropouts, no buffering. But, I was paying for 200 and getting 50-60. Dropping down to a 100 plan would actually have cost a little more.
So I spoke to a helpful Best Buy associate who recommended the Motorola MG7550 and went home to do my own research. After a day of of waffling I decided that the MG7550 was actually the best choice even though it was a little more than what I needed right now.
I opened the box and the directions weren’t clear as a bell for keeping my old network name and password so I called the 800 number and Eddie walked me right through it. Called Comcast to update the new Mac ID and that went smoothly.
Now the big test. What download speed would I get? I’d have been happy to hit 100. Last evening I was consistently getting 150-170. This morning with all of the kids off to school and parents off to work I’m getting 200+. So, yeah! I’m happy with the MG7550.Feb 12, 2020 08:04
My old bulky arris (white) modem wasn't giving me the right speeds
with 5g was getting 252mbps with 2.4 was getting 52mbps
my Comcast is 300mbps and with this new modem my speeds went up to 5g 358mbps 2.4 107mbps
now my reason for 3 stars once in a while my speeds drop a little but then goes back to normal
and price is too much being a 2 year old modem on the market price now should be under $100 Bucs!
I still recommend it If you have an old cable modem That needs to be replaceFeb 19, 2020 13:15
I don't have any complain with it had bee working flawlessJun 26, 2020 16:53
This router is much faster than my previous router and the cost was very competitive. I am very satisfied with it.Jun 23, 2019 08:03
Working very very nice loockin nice recomended at family and friendsOct 18, 2019 16:45
The work very well no issues I’m so happy I recommendMar 19, 2021 21:22
I bought this cable modem router when I switched to Comcast cable from AT&T DSL. It saves me from renting one from the cable company for $20/ month. It was very easy to set up and has been working flawlessly. I have 250 gb service and have reached speeds of over 280 gb wirelessly through this wifi router with 5G. I was able to save even more money by adding Roku devices to run other TVs in the house connected wirelessly to this router. All total, I am saving over $60 per month with this modem and the Roku Express+ devices with the Comcast app. I can watch all cable channels, as well as DVR'd movies and shows. I cannot record from the Rokus, but I can record on the Comcast DVR and watch on Rokus, phones and tablets.Feb 24, 2018 00:11
I had a surfboard before this one which is also made by Motorola so I was reluctant wether to get this one or change brand since I was looking for better performance. After all I’m glad I got this one because I’m finally getting the speed that I pay for 200+ mbs download on wireless devices which I never got close to that on my old modem.
The setup was super easy and timeless I think I had it all setup with a secured password in under 10 minutes.
The price is reasonable considering this is a brand name and serves as modern and router.
Overall I’m very satisfied with my purchase and I would recommend this product.Aug 07, 2020 23:03
Boost home internet speeds with this Motorola cable modem and router. The DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem accelerates downloads with 24 high-speed downstream channels, while the Full-Band Capture digital tuner enhances network reliability. This Motorola cable modem and router has a built-in Gigabit Wi-Fi router with Wireless Power Boost technology that boosts wireless connectivity with strong long-range wireless signals.
This was a great purchase . Not to mention the money you’ll save vs rental which can add up over a period. If your planing on adding home phone service from your local cable company then this is the one to get . I’ve took notice of the speed . I’m with Specturm cable . This one will with it . No issues .Apr 30, 2021 17:17
This router is recommended to be compatible with xfinity. So far it has performed well but I’ve only used my PC a few times since install. It has 2 networks: a regular wi-fi plus a 5G. IDK about ease of install: Xfinity installed it since my home had no wifi.Apr 25, 2021 11:33
I am satisfied with my purchase because it is what I needed and it is in use and meets my expectationsMay 15, 2020 22:23
Tired of paying the monthly modem fee and saw this model at a Best Buy store. After reading reviews that night, I went back and purchased this one. After reading the instructions I hooked the modem up. Once it was online and you enter your temp password, I was connected to the Xfinity website. Entered my email and password and it accepted my new modem. I called Comcast anyway and they said it was the new modem.
Unfortunately I have Xfinity home security and it doesn’t work. Tried calling Motorola but they couldn’t help. Ended up calling Xfinity and they had to come to the house and install a router that will communicate with my security touchscreen. If you have home security from Comcast, schedule an appointment for the afternoon and hook the modem up in the morning.
Hooking the modem up and registering with Comcast takes less than 1 hour and I’m not techieOct 31, 2019 20:02
This is actually my second Modem. Owned the first one for about a year and experienced many network issues and blamed it on my network provider. Finally dawned on me that it must be the modem. This is where it earns its five stars. I called Motorola and after a couple of troubleshooting steps, they figured out that I must have a bad box. A new one was dispatched to me the next day despite the fact I had owned the previous one for over a year. I have received it and it is works like a champ. The speed tests closely replicate the speeds advertised with my plan. Buy it if on the market for a good modem. Motorola stands by its product!Jun 26, 2020 19:28
I purchased this modem to replace the rental fee from Comcast. You need to ensure that the modem that you select has a plug in for a phone service if Comcast or another vendor provides you phone service. It took about 1 hr to set it up and let Comcast know I was replacing it. In setting it up, I used the same 15 Character passcode from the old modem to ensure a smooth transition. Each device (wireless -laptop, printer, Ipad etc) must be linked to the Wi-fi via the modem. It goes smoothly if you take your time.Aug 30, 2019 16:24
The first one I set up did not include the telephone voice option and it worked great. I decided to get the model with the voice option for my other location where a telephone and faxing was necessary. In both cases it was up and running in less than a half hour. The instructions were great and easy to follow. I use Xfinity and the program almost sets itself up. The units works great with Xfinity, I cannot comment on use for other carriers. I would check with my carrier, if planning to use this system on other than Xfinity.Jul 05, 2019 15:41
We have been running this for over a month now and it works flawlessly. Prior to purchasing this we were using the modem supplied from Xfinity and a separate router. This does the job of both and gives us wifi coverage throughout both levels of a 3000+ sq. ft. home. You may want to use some sort of range extender or net, depending on your needs, but works great for us without. Also, plan on spending some time on the phone with Xfinity for initial setup. Would definitely recommend this product.Apr 14, 2020 12:24
Provide fast, reliable LAN and Wi-Fi connectivity to multiple devices with this 24x8 Motorola cable modem. Its built-in AC1900 3x3 wireless gigabit router with AnyBeam beamforming and Power Boost technologies supports dual-band Wi-Fi speeds at an extended range. Connect an HDTV, game console and other devices to the four LAN ports of this Motorola cable modem.
We have Xfinity 250g package and we get every bit of it using this. My old one also bought from bestbuy maxed out at 300g but we only saw maybe 60 of of it. With this I really feel I am geting the most out of my internet. Set up was easy before I opened the box I called Xfinity and they programmed everything for the new one at no cost. All I had to do was plug it in once they said to do so! My playstation (when wired in) now only takes 20 mins to download a 90g game when before it would take all night with my old router plugged in.Mar 27, 2020 13:22
Well, I was able to use this with SuddenLink, all I did was give them the MAc Address and walla I was connected. The 2nd day, I started experiencing intermittent connection, I called Motorola and even email their tech, non were able to help me. I was told it is a bad Router, and I need a replacement.
So, if you are experiencing On and Off connectivity, and PING says transmit failed. General failure, the fix is to update all your Ethernet and Wifi driver. See my SpeedtestSep 18, 2020 19:21
I wanted to get rid of the monthly payment with Comcast to rent their modem. Since I was cutting the cord and going with YouTubeTV, I didn't really need to pay Comcast more money. So though I did keep their Internet, I didn't want to pay them a cent more for their modem/router. I purchased this one and have had no problems with it. Works great and the price was right.Jul 14, 2020 08:33
This is a repeat sale of an Item that I bought from a box store (I think) back in November 2020. I needed a replacement for the one I purchased for our shore home in New Jersey. I took that one back to Philadelphia when I closed our summer home but now I needed a new one in New Jersey. So I just bought a newer version of the same item - works great.Jul 02, 2021 15:51
It was very simple to order this device using accumulated points from my bank's Visa card ... and then to receive this device at my local UPS store. The device itself worked "right out of the box" without any issues at all.Aug 27, 2021 16:01
Amazing Router, got it at a great price and hasnt been disappointed.Nov 05, 2021 19:54
I have a problem with my Internet special
No work that well with spectrum I have the problem Lost two times a day my Internet. Have Togo back to original routerOct 02, 2021 18:20
Glad I purchased. Old router signal would not reach the entire home and couldn't keep up with the internet's speeds for my plan. This one is perfect.Jul 02, 2021 19:46
Build your home network with this ARRIS SURFboard dual-band router. With Wi-Fi speeds up to 1600 Mbps and a 1.2 GHz processor, it has the power to support multiple devices for streaming and downloading anywhere in your home. This ARRIS SURFboard dual-band router comes with a mobile app for easy connection.
I was skeptical going from a separate modem and router to a combo, but I'm glad I made the switch. My old combo didn't support Comcast's new speeds, so I needed to upgrade to realize the full benefits. My 5GHz wireless d/l speed went from about 100Mb/s to over 300Mb/s. Wired stayed the same, but probably because I have an outdated ethernet cable. As far as range, I live in a three story townhome. Router goes on the top floor and has no problem reaching the bottom (third) floor. Remember, internet signal is like an umbrella - it branches out and down.
Overall, extremely happy with this deal of the day (99.99)! Also, make sure you rename your SSID and use the same passwords to match your old settings so your devices will reconnect seamlessly. Download and activate through the app, then get on your PC to set up your SSID/passwords. Don't forget to change the default admin password as well!Oct 19, 2019 15:35
This unit works wonderfuly. Great workmanship and design. Couldn't be happier with my purchase. Thanks again!Jul 21, 2019 06:00
So this router modem combo is only decent. It does not pull 1 gig speeds as advertised. I set it up correctly and plugged it in the most efficient way. Brand new Ethernet cable. I have the 1 gig plan with suddenlink and when I ran a speed test, I was only grabbing like a maximum of 480 mbps download, 25 mbps upload and a ping of 14. I had a suddenlink tech come out yesterday to find out what was wrong. On his end nothing was wrong and he said I should be pulling at least 750-800 mbps on download and that a lot of router modem combos and just routers and modems separately that advertise 1 gig speeds, dont usually pull speeds like that. Now it could just be a faulty model that I have but nothing seems wrong with it other than the fact that I’m averaging 390-430 mbps download when I’m paying for 1 gig speeds. That’s really all I have to say!Apr 02, 2021 11:28
This worked great at first then after a few months became unreliable. Xfinity came out twice checked everything and replaced outside cables. Finally they said it’s got to be the modem. Arris customer support was very nice but the factory reset didn’t work. I work from home and the internet does 4 or more times per work day plus at night is unacceptable. I will be replacing this! I got this in January 2021 and problems started in July 2021. Now it’s HIGHLY unreliable.Oct 01, 2021 14:27
Wifi strength is weak. Does not maintain connection with printer which is in next room.Jul 29, 2019 18:57
In trying to get a grip on unnecessary expenses I decided to buy a modem & return $10/month one to WOW. The Arris got decent or better customer reviews so I bought. Before installing I looked further at tech reviews & found the warning against buying a product labeled “with Intel” - can’t remember what issue was but without opening returned Arris, bought Motorola.May 16, 2020 10:54
This item states it has two 1gb ports but once you read the back it states you only get 686mbps speeds. Stay away from this one. Returning and buying a nicer version.Sep 03, 2020 05:02
Excellent! Works great no problems speed up fast better then infinity it save me money by buying my own.Jan 25, 2019 20:26
The NETGEARDual-Band AC1600 Router with 16 x 4 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem provides the fastest cable speed available with an AC1600 WiFi router and integrated DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem, with up to 680 Mbps. It's compatible with cable internet provider Comcast XFINITY, Spectrum, Cox, Cablevision, and more.
So far this has been working great! I love it, it's small, sleek looking, easy install, easy directions for troubleshooting. I had to check once since the cable company was having issues. Great price too for a combo. So far, it's been doing it's job perfectly.Nov 06, 2020 16:18
Its been just a month I have installed this NETGEAR wi-fi router with modem replacing the Xfinity rented ones. Undoubtedly it has reduced my bills by atleast $14. So far I haven't noticed any connection glitches. The wi-fi connection is consistent at both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The first time setup was simple as well. You just need to follow the NETGEAR NightHawk mobile app and follow the steps. Also you have to login to your ISP account and activate the modem either online or by calling the ISP helpline. In my case I did that through xfinity mobile app. At this stage it took sometime after failing for initial couple of times but it was successful after those initial hiccups. Only downside I observed is that in xfinity if we use their rented modem router they give an option to select a common wifi name for both 2.4 and 5 GHz channels which is very helpful since it minimizes any disconnection due to network switches whereas if we use 3rd party modem router like NETGEAR then xfinity doesn't give that option to chose a common wifi name. The wifi name and other configuration needs to be completed in the NETGEAR NightHawk app and it does not give these options. For the price I paid I am satisfied so far. I don't know how it will perform in the long run. I am hopeful that with timely firmware updates this device should work as expected. I found a offer in Amazon for below $100 and opted for a price match at Best Buy and thus I got this NETGEAR AC1600 Dual band modem-router C6250-100NAS for below $100 including 3 years of Geek Squad replacement warranty. If I compare it with the xfinity one that I rented, the xfinity one is superior to this in terms of features like the xfinity one was made by Arris featuring 32x4 DOCSIS 3.0 modem with 4 ethernet ports, 2 tele ports for voice, 2 USB ports. But this one doesn't feature any voice port, it has only 1 USB port and 2 ethernet ports. So you should check your requirements as well. If you had a phone or fax connected to your modem earlier then this is not for you.Aug 21, 2020 16:36
From the box to the coaxial wall connection, input my password my equipment found quickly. Up surfacing and back in business. 5*May 03, 2019 18:24
Lot variation of Internet speed between the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz . If connect to 5Ghz the internet speed is 100Mbps and if connected to the speed drops to 3 Mbps. I know there will be a variation between GHz but this lot variation is not acceptable because 2.4 is used for long range,And there is no use of having 3Mbps in a longer range and I cannot do the Internet.and also it fails to distribute the Internet among the devices equally.Sep 15, 2021 16:35
This device seems to stop working several times per week.Oct 26, 2018 21:47
Easy to connect and conveniently app to manage users and reboot a distance. Modern design!!!Jul 19, 2018 18:57
Working excellent. Highly satisfied and recommendedAug 11, 2017 19:25
Worked fine only for a year! Then it started showing huge fluctuations in service bandwidth! Don’t waste your money on thisJan 26, 2021 12:52
Enjoy fast internet speeds with this Motorola router. It supports speeds up to 686 Mbps downstream and 123 Mbps upstream for fast data transfer, and its dual-band Wi-Fi delivers fast wireless access by broadcasting on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. This Motorola router includes guest network access, letting visitors browse the internet while keeping your personal local network secure.
Works great ever since I purchased back in May. Pretty sleek look it to if I do say so myself. Haven’t had any issues.Feb 01, 2021 07:30
Always the best wifi modem. This is my second in 9 years.Jul 02, 2021 18:24
This Wi-Fi Router works well with the xfinity internet service. It powers on fast, the default settings are quite alright and is easy to be further configured (password change, etc.). It won't crash during operation so it will give you steady fast WiFi / ethernet connection with no headaches. The signal strength is decent for a small house but will not be enough for a big mansion. The 5G means it also offers the 5GHz in addition to the 2.4GHz band. I already connected 2 phones, 2 laptops, 1 tablet, 1 Roku and 1 Chromecast plus my neighbor is using the guest profile and had no issues so far. Am not giving 5 stars because the WiFi signal strength should be slightly higher.Jun 27, 2020 19:07
I recently installed internet in my home and opted to use my own modem/router since Optimum charges $10 a month to RENT theirs (no thank you!). I decided to go with this one after reading reviews and checking to make sure it was compatible with Optimum’s service. The only issue I had which isn’t directly related to the actual modem/router itself is that though it is compatible, one of the Optimum reps tried to tell me that it wasn’t “approved” and I would need a different one. Fortunately, another rep made it happen after I expressed some dissatisfaction with their service. Hate to be that guy, but of course they’re going to make it seem like their routers are the only ones that work since they make money off of them. Not sure what went on there, but in short this modem/router does work with Optimum if you’re willing to go through a bit of a hassle in case a similar situation like mine arises!Dec 22, 2020 09:16
This is just what I needed to be able to return Comcast internet box that I was renting at $14 a month. This will pay for itself within 10 months. No problem getting it set up to Comcast customer service and I love that it has a router built-in so no added purchase neededMar 19, 2021 15:39
This router gets the job done. It can handle multiple gaming consoles and other devices on the wireless internet and has good range. I use it to stream live tv on my Xbox on the first floor (router is on the 2nd). It was simple to setup, simply unplugged everything from my old router and attached the cable wire, power supply, and ethernet cable.
You do need to contact Spectrum so they can "activate" the router which is always a pain, but other than the hold times it was quick and painless!Feb 03, 2020 12:47
I previously owned an earlier version of this Motorola Surfboard Modem sans Wifi & dual band. This modem/wifi router dual band combo fits my needs exactly. Can separate devices by band either 2.4 or 5 Ghz to eliminate slowing. I live in a 1,600 sq. ft. home and works great throughout. Eliminates the need for 2 devices (Modem & Wifi router) plus I'm not having to lease a unit from the cable company. The old unit still worked but really needed this updated version. Because of the reliability from the prior model it was easy to make the decision to buy this one. Cost savings + efficiency!Sep 24, 2019 13:48
I haven’t had any problem with this router.
I play a lot of video games with no issue and i’m writing this review after more than 6 months of purchased plus stream movies with no issue.Dec 01, 2019 20:40
The NETGEAR Dual-Band AC1750 Router with 16 x 4 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem provides very fast cable speeds with an AC1750 WiFi router and integrated DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem, up to 680 Mbps. Compatible with cable Internet providers such as XFINITY from Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, Cablevision, and more.
I decided to ditch paying for the router rental though xfinity. This one is compatible, smaller and works great. The instructions were easy to follow. Eventually it will pay for itself.Apr 10, 2020 19:57
I purchased the Netgear-Dual Band AC1750 router to replace the xfinity router which carried a monthly rental fee.The sales rep at Best buy was very knowledgeable in helping me choose this modem.Only having this modem for 3 weeks it seem that I have made the right chose.Jul 05, 2019 17:03
Cox communication recommends this router. I have multiple users and multiple devices and it can bogg down the speed but this router replaces the internet company router and the wifi router all in one.Sep 05, 2017 15:42
This is a very good router modem it works fantastic the range is very high and the speed is amazing I had 50mb so I upgraded to 100mb with this modem router is even much better and fast, I'm using time warner so they rent the modem which was slow speed and range, so I decided to buy my own one so I don't pay them for rent and the modem they give you is not so good like this one, so is better to buy it your own one and if you want to have a good router modem I recommend this one a little more money than the other ones but you will be happy with it, you also can manage it from your pc smart phone and do a lot of things, I really like it so much I'm happy with it....Mar 31, 2016 12:35
I bought this to improve performance during peak hours. (I imagine not much difference if there weren't so many users) For comparison - I was using an SB6141 prior - and now I'm getting much more stable performance. I think my latency is a little worse connecting to my old router - but should be closer if I connect directly to the primary.
Bonus: Since it's also a router in-one. I went ahead and split my devices onto separate networks - to ease congestion.
SmallNetBuilder has a great series on networking basics which covers how to do this. Be sure to change the IP sub-range (192.168.xx.1) to prevent IP conflicts.
*How to check if your area supports it?
(if you go to 192.168.100.1 - that should give you access to your cable modem. If you see the channels 8+, odds are you have more to bond to. Although you can keep restarting your modem and see all the different ones it connects to)Nov 08, 2014 12:18
Works without any problem our provider is XfinityDec 05, 2020 15:56
NETGEAR - Dual-Band AC1750 Router with 16 x 4 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem - Black Replaced a router I rented from cox Works just as wellJul 18, 2019 10:39
Purchased this product to replace my Comcast rental and save $10 per month. The coverage in my 1600 sf house is excellent and reliable. My past experience with NetGear products prompted this purchase.Apr 21, 2017 18:45
Enjoy effortless speed with this SURFboard cable modem and Wi-Fi router from Arris. Thrilling network speeds as high as 1.4 Gbps and wireless speeds of up to 2350 Mbps make gaming, streaming and downloading fast, while McAfee Secure Home Internet helps keep your connection safe. This SURFboard cable modem and Wi-Fi router includes four 1GB Ethernet ports and is compatible with most cable internet providers in the United States.
- In a relatively small space (open floorplan, smallish rooms, etc.), wireless AC performance is outstanding--wireless speeds matched wired closed to the modem/router
- Provided QR codes and using the ARRIS app for SSID, password, login, etc. made initial setup/configuration a snap without needing an Ethernet-connected PC; I was online in less than a few minutes total after calling my cable company and giving them the MAC address of the new modem--definitely something a beginner or someone looking to simplify their lives will appreciate
- Convenient front-panel WPS button makes password-free connection of new wireless clients simple and quick
- Available USB port allows for attachment of storage devices with web-interface configuration/controls for file and media sharing and even USB access controls (i.e. which USB drives will you allow on the network in the first place)
- If you are part of the McAfee protection ecosystem (or interested in joining it), the integration seems relatively smooth--I was able to log into the McAfee app and connect this unit to my existing McAfee account with further LiveSafe downloads/licenses available to me based on the ARRIS product registration/activation--this was something I could never do with last year's version of this same router)
- If you have one of those modems/routers with a Vegas-strip style set of bright LEDs, you'll be pleased to know you can shut off all but the power indicator from within the admin interface
- Some relatively useful configuration options and utilities in the ARRIS Surfboard app…for a beginner with little interest in expending some serious network configuration effort or someone simply looking for a [mostly] all-in-one, plug-and-play experience, this unit could be what you're looking for...
- WiFi coverage and range seem very poor--even at max transmission power (adjustable from within the web admin interface), 5Ghz speeds dropped off dramatically when moving more than a few rooms away (see test results below...)
- The included McAfee protection capabilities are actually part of a subscription service that is only good for 3 years--after that point, you'll need to determine whether the costs of a new/continued subscription is worth it...
- Not a big deal yet...but let's hope any advances in the McAfee protection features don't require changes in the modem/router software--I can find no place in the admin interface for a firmware update
- Some helpful and extensive security & configuration options are available in the web interface for those with the interest and know-how (firewall settings, port triggering/forwarding, AP isolation, DMZ, guest network, file & media sharing, USB access controls, MAC & IP filtering, virtual servers, AP isolation--the list was actually a bit impressive), but additional security features including parental controls WILL require a separate McAfee Secure Home Internet app which I found of limited use at this time
-- Once in the McAfee app, network clients are only listed by IP address and the NIC's manufacturer name...this didn't help for creating a trusted client list when I couldn't bring up the MAC addresses of our nearly 60+ wireless clients (esp smart devices listed by their generic NIC manufacturers) so I could start identifying and renaming them (Kid's PC, Kitchen Echo Dot, Basement Roku, etc.) and scheduling associated parental blocks, access controls, and other functions from the app
-- The app's interface suggests a somewhat intelligent/informative security agent for the router, but the app itself only gives you a little graphic depicting a "protection level" for your network with no advice as to how to make it better...when I initially started out, I had only 2 devices on the network, both on the trusted client list, and my network was still rated as being at moderate risk--but there were no recommendations as to what else I was supposed to do to make things better, either within the McAfee app, back in the ARRIS Surfboard app, or in the settings for the router itself
-- The McAfee app gives you the ability to push a [somewhat intrusive???] McAfee software "invitation" onto wireless clients the next time they try connecting to your network--but unless they do so, the clients will continue show up with a red "unprotected" shield next to them, even if you have anti-virus/malware protection installed
- ARRIS strangely chose to put the USB port on the front of the unit--it's convenient for quick thumb-drive access I suppose, but there's no way to neatly share a larger USB-attached storage device and its associated cabling unless you hide the router itself behind furniture or under a desk
I tried an ARRIS 24x8/AC2350 modem-router last year and found it provided solid AC performance, though admittedly my speed/coverage tests at that time were not as extensive as those I conduct now. But the integration of McAfee with that unit was completely broken; I could not log into the companion app to configure any parental controls or additional security features so back it went. Instead, I paired a dedicated AC2200 router w/my older ARRIS 8x4 cable modem which still provided great speed & whole-house coverage. When this 32x8/AC2350 combo unit came along, I thought I'd give ARRIS another shot and perhaps simplify my network with an all-in-one configuration while getting a boost in both modem download/upload slots and wireless speed.
Similar to last year's unit, ARRIS continues out-sourcing portions of its network security capabilities to McAfee, but at least this time the integration seems successful as I could configure parental controls, allow/ignore website requests/referrals, and create a trusted client list for my network. The web admin interface also gives you a great deal of control and flexibility over just how you want your network configured and what capabilities you'd like on tap for streaming, gaming, security, etc. That said, there are some limitations to the McAfee security app noted above, and the fact that you have to juggle/adjust settings in the SURFboard app, the McAfee app, and in the web admin interface itself means that granular control over network security, or trying to make the network experience more secure for your family, requires a great deal of overhead and unnecessary complexity jumping back and forth between apps and interfaces. I supposed once you get things dialed in to your liking that might not be such a big deal, but the simplicity and allure of an "all-in-one" solution like the one pitched here actually isn't so simplistic or alluring in practice.
But what REALLY marred the experience with this unit for me was the unexpectedly poor WiFi performance I observed in my home. My cable service delivers roughly 280-290 mbps at the modem, and our AC2200 router provided exceptional coverage near the unit with more than adequate speed for gaming and streaming at the distant recesses of our basement, with only one room where a faster 5Ghz signal wouldn't reach and thus required a switch to 2.4Ghz to maintain speeds above 20-40 mbps. At first, I was optimistic about the SBG7600 as it did provide an ever-so-slight speed boost in close proximity. But things quickly went downhill when I moved a few bedrooms away or between floors--and even then, the 2.4Ghz signal struggled for just a few megabits per second to dribble out of the router.
Previous AC2200 router:
- Main floor, same room as router: 276 mbps down/28.2 up
- Main floor, 1 room away: 194 mbps down/28.6 up
- Main floor, 3 rooms away: 143 mbps down/28.4 up
- Top floor bedroom: 211 mbp down/28.9 up
- Basement rec room (directly below router): 213 mbps down/28.8 up
- Back of unfinished basement: 88.5 mbps down/21.5 up
- Basement bathroom: no 5Ghz signal (2.4Ghz - 34.3 mbps down/21.9 up)
ARRIS SBG7600AC2 (AC2350):
- Main floor, same room as router: 286 mbps down/27.2 up (a little better)
- Main floor, 1 room away: 207 mbps down/26.6 up (a little better)
- Main floor, 3 rooms away: 33.0 mbps/26.0 up (much worse--switched to 2.4Ghz: 72.3 mbps down/25.9 up)
- Top floor bedroom: 79.7 mbps down/26.8 up (much worse)
- Basement rec room (directly below router): 203 mbps down/26.7 up (a little worse)
- Back of unfinished basement: 13.8 mbps down/2.37 up (much worse--switched to 2.4Ghz: 32.2 mbps down/1.38 up)
- Basement bathroom: no 5 Ghz signal; switched to 2.4Ghz - 2.37 mbps down/3.1 mbps up (much worse)
Given the poor 5Ghz performance, I elected beam-forming in the admin settings and broadcast the same SSID on each channel so that clients w/poor 5Ghz connections would fall back to 2.4Ghz [typically] without intervention. But even then, wireless range/throughput left quite a bit to be desired. Obviously your situation will be different than mine, and those of you with a smaller dwelling or need connectivity only in close proximity to the router might be fine with what you see here--it's not a dedicated AC router after all.
For me though, the value proposition here is questionable. You can save some money buying this all-in-one vs. a separate 32x8 modem & AC2200 or better router, but you sacrifice a LOT in speed & coverage (if you need it) and flexibility for expansion/new capabilities (i.e. I've since moved to an AX11000 mesh router and it's AMAZING). Lots of [admittedly useful] options would likely make this feel daunting for those not needing/desiring a great deal of configuration control; but the baked-in, low-drag security is also a bit hit-or-miss. Some aspects are helpful (I'm actually keeping this unit to manage a guest network with AP isolation so all clients are off the main network), but the security app feels limited in its current state and the McAfee services themselves have a shelf life of only 3 years.Mar 18, 2019 13:50
To clarify, this is not a router. The ARRIS SURFboard AC2350 is a modem/router combo and requires that you contact your ISP (internet service provider) prior to use. Check if it is compatible with your ISP before purchase.
The setup of this modem was quicker than the time I spent talking to Spectrum, my ISP. I was on the phone for 16 minutes, but the installation only took 40 seconds. Coaxial cable goes in only 1 location and the power plug is all you need to connect. Take pictures of the network names, security key, and HFC MAC address prior to calling and installing, as this will help facilitate your installation process.
The key feature of this modem is that it acts as a wireless router with both, 2.4 and 5ghz bands for speeds up to 2350 Mbps. It includes 4 ethernet ports which support up to 1.4 Gbps of download speed. It also has a WPS button for easier connection to wireless devices.
The performance after my ISP successfully activated my modem, I did a speed test. I pay for 300 Mbps down and 20 up. Tethered, I was getting 350 down and 22 up, which is great! On the wireless front, I was getting download speeds of 71.1 Mbps and 22 upload, which is not bad for the wireless devices I use.
The product meets my expectations. Using my previous router, I was getting WiFi download speeds of 50 Mbps for gaming. Not bad, but a 20 Mpbs increase is always welcome. Of course, now that this modem has 4 ethernet ports, I connected all my consoles and gaming PC using an ethernet cable for each and all devices achieved over 300 Mbps that way. Impressed. I tried downloading the app for McAfee, to set up the included 3 year secure home internet that should prevent attacks from the point of entree as well as give parental control, but it failed so often that I stopped trying. It isn’t needed for the functionality of the modem and I love it without it. I have my own security that I run on my network. At 9 ½ inches, it is taller than my previous modem, but I have it in an open space.
The price for the modem in terms of value can save you money over time, as most ISPs charge a monthly fee for you to use their rental modem. Spectrum used to charge 5 dollars a month (back when it was Time Warner) but they did away with the monthly charge. Still, the loaned device didn’t have the 4 ethernet ports which are of great value to multi-console owners. It saves you from having to get two devices connected, as it is all in one.
I highly recommend this product for people who require a single-device solution to WiFi and extra ethernet ports. This modem can handle high speeds and it is of great value to gamers.Mar 17, 2019 00:32
I replaced this router/modem combo from Netgear . I am very happy with Arris. Both 2.4G and 5G work and fast as expected. It has been almost 2 months now, only one time 2.4G network had some issue.Jul 02, 2021 17:49
SUPER FAST, Works Perfectly with Spectrum! Great Value.Jul 03, 2021 01:48
Great item that’s able to handle all the streaming you want to do.Jun 05, 2021 07:00
Happy with my 65” Samsung TV and great curbside pickup didn’t have to waitMay 22, 2021 09:25
Equipment works great. Picture has great quality!!Aug 06, 2019 06:34
It was easy to follow the setup instructions for my ARRIS SBG7600AC2 WiFi cable modem. Connect the coax cable, then PC network cable to the yellow moden jack and plug in the power pack, that simple.
Next I went to my IP's activation screen, entered my sign-in name and password, and waited a few minutes for them to authorize my new equipment.
I like being able to control the front console LEDS (ON or OFF).
The SSID names for the 2.4 and 5 ghz radios were also quickly setup to my home's names and everything worked as usual. Only needed to restart my wink hub, hue hub, and electric meter hub to get them to re-recognize the WiFi network.
The unit looks sharp, nother super fancy. Afterall, it works and is usually out of site. The network speed test showed expected results. The benefit will be when you are streaming and anther user is gaming and someone else is browsing the web. The moden has multiple internal channels to take care of the traffic.A solid Motorola product!Mar 15, 2019 20:12
This NETGEAR® Nighthawk® X4S AC3200 Wi-Fi DOCSIS® 3.1 ultra-high-speed cable modem router works with the fast DOCSIS® 3.0 and is ready for new DOCSIS® 3.1 Gigabit Internet speeds. The NETGEAR X4S DOCSIS® 3.1 cable modem router with 32 x 8 channel bonding (in DOCSIS® 3.0 mode) offers fast Internet speeds that rival the speed of fiber. Enjoy a quality experience for streaming multiple HD-quality videos to multiple devices, VR gaming and more. Ideal for fast Internet cable services, such as XFINITY® from Comcast and Cox Internet plans.
I was tired of “their” router/modem even though it was free but it never even came close to the download speed I was paying for plus the lag! I am so happy with all my WiFi connected devices since I bought this router/modem combo. Their piece of junk kept dropping my connections from my WiFi Ring Security Cameras and WiFi Nest Thermostat so I finally did some research and found out that this brand and model was by far the best bang for the buck.Sep 25, 2020 16:51
This router is awesome. Super easy to setup. Full speed on the cat6's running from my router located downstairs into my room upstairs. The speed on the 5GHz wifi band is good and the range on the 2.4GHz band is exceptional. I can connect to my wifi from my neighbor's house across the street.....Only downside would be the price as it is fairly high but if u want something that's reliable and fast, bite the bullet and get this. I haven't played around with any other networking settings so I can't attest to how well it can handle those things if you are an advanced user but for speed, range, and connecting many devices wirelessly this router is great.Oct 31, 2020 07:46
A great router/modem. Getting great speeds and no dropped signals and good distance. Awesome upgrade, highly recommend. Easy setup as well.Oct 22, 2021 18:42
Paid a premium for this bad boy and do not regret it. Very fast, looks sleek, and has all the bells and whistles a typical consumer needs.
Only con in my book is the size, it takes a fair amount of space and looking for a way to hide it.Aug 21, 2021 11:26
What's well for Xfinity gig speed but if you have Xfinity home it will take another wireless router that Xfinity will give for no charge. And this does not work for Xfinity Voice. But please note. I went into the system interface to make some adjustments to squeeze out the maximum speed. But it works fine when it comes right out the box.Jul 05, 2020 23:53
This is worth every penny. An excellent modem router combo. Video streaming all day long in my family so this device keeps us all happy.Apr 23, 2021 22:19
Great coverage and doubled the output my previous plan. Still have a lot to tweek to have a much greater outputOct 18, 2020 14:51
This router is faster and works way better than your cable providers router. It’s a little pricey but well worth it in the long run; especially if you work from home.Sep 18, 2020 18:54
The Motorola MG8702 ultra-fast AC3200 and DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem combo supports Gigabit Ethernet speeds with advanced WiFi performance. Approved for Comcast Xfinity, Cox, and Charter Spectrum services, this cable modem is also backwards compatible with 32x8 DOCSIS 3.0.
Motorola MG8702 is an all-in-one router and modem, $270 at Best Buy, with the latest technology for your growing array of Internet-connected devices. In concert with the Minim app, the MG8702 is a Minim-enabled router.
Promising easy set up and operation, there is also a depth of available customized settings to accommodate any user’s wants or needs.
Best suited for homes up to about 2500 square feet, the MG8702 should do a fine job in the average small home or apartment.
Here, it will be set up in a centrally located closet on a high shelf in our modest 1400 sq. foot home.
**WHAT’S IN THE BOX**
• THIS DOCSIS 3.1/3.0 Cable modem with AC3200 Wi-Fi 5 Router
• Power Adapter
• Ethernet Cable
• Velcro Cable Tie
• Coax wrench
• Instructions to download the Minim app (from iOS or Google app stores)
This should still be a painless DIY installation.
Before starting, note the phone number for your ISP tech support line, which may be needed if there is existing equipment that needs to be removed from your account and if the old equipment needs to be returned.
Users can perform simple setup using default values or customize the setup for gamers or make settings to keep younger Internet users from visiting unapproved sites. This, and more, are all part of the Minim app settings.
Everyone’s requirements are unique, so I will not get into my specifics here, except to reiterate that this was among the easiest setups of its type I have encountered.
Another plus is that the MG8702 is a DOCSIS 3.1, the latest, fastest cable modem standard, capable of working with the greatest number of devices. With its built-in Wi-Fi router, there are also four gigabit speed capable Ethernet ports for hard-wire connection to devices, such as a computer, TV, game system and cable set-top box, to name a few. Built-in gigabit-capable Wi-Fi is another important consideration for the future. My rule and advice to others is to use wired connections wherever possible and wireless only where necessary.
With these preliminaries out of the way, it’s time to install!
**PUT TO THE TEST**
Before installation, I made notes of signal strength all around the house and outside in order to have the comparison with the old equipment, a 4-year-old modem and even older router. There is a wireless Ring video doorbell at the front door and a Ring video security camera high on a wall on one side of the house. We are familiar with signal strength of both of those devices. Other wirelessly connected devices include mobile phones, an old Internet radio, Roku streaming device, Google Home Mini speaker, an old tablet, Rachio automatic sprinkler timer and a Nest Thermostat. Wired connections include a computer, TV, cable set-top box and a DVD player.
Spectrum made the switch from old to new seamlessly. For clarification, an ISP is not involved in the user’s choice of router, but with a combination unit like this, also known as an Internet Gateway, that is a different story.
In our case, with a browser window open, the wired connection to the router knew that a new modem was connected. Prompted to enter the unique MAC address numbers and serial number from the sticker and with our acceptance, Spectrum activated the MG8702.
In less than 10 minutes, it was up and running.
Through the Minim app, we went on to customize several settings, including our own SSID (network name) and password, to name just a few. Additional users may be added. EVERY user’s setup and customization may be different.
**HOW DID IT PERFORM?**
I am pleased to report that the new technology works perfectly. Signal strength to the Ring doorbell and security camera is improved. There is no detectable slowdown regardless of how the network was taxed, such as when streaming 4K video.
The signal is stronger at the extremities of the property, too, with adequate signal to sit in the back yard and listen to music over Wi-Fi through a phone. Similarly, there is strong Wi-Fi for listening to podcasts while gardening in the front yard.
**NOTABLE MINIM WISH-LIST ITEMS**
The Minim app setup does not currently allow users to see the password entry nor does it prompt to enter it a second time for confirmation and to avoid errors. I am confident this will be addressed in the future.
While there is the useful and necessary capability to restart the network, the link to do so is a bit buried. This is another feature revision that should be addressed in Minim app updates. Over time, Minim will continue to see feature and usability updates making the app an even greater asset.
This Motorola MG8702 is a welcome upgrade to the old setup. Once the setup was completed, that was that. Isn’t that the objective? Just set it and forget it!
The Minim app monitors usage in several ways and will keep the firmware, that is, the software inside the MG8702, up to date whenever revisions are detected.
Highly recommended for the purpose and home size for which it is intended!
The powerful Minim app offers a host of useful features including the following as provided by the manufacturer:
Easy guided setup. Scan your device QRcode and go!
Auto-manages all connected devices. This app is not just for mesh Wi-Fi products, it is a unified app that manages all Minim-compatible gateways and routers, too.
Advanced threat protection. Delivers network and device-level security alerts, ad blocks, malware blocks, and security insights.
Activity feed notification. You will receive information on all network events including new device connections, security incidents, router updates/reboots, and connection status.
Speed tests. You can diagnose connectivity issues with built-in network and device speed tests.
Parental controls. Create family profiles and control access.
Usage monitoring. Track data usage across devices and profiles including bandwidth and time usage by top sites visited over time, signal strength over time, and more.
The manufacturer warrants the MG8702 against defects in material and workmanship for two years.Mar 31, 2021 12:41
I typically don't believe in dual purpose modem and router devices. The ultra-fast DOCSIS 3.1 Motorola MG8702 has managed to convince me that modem/router combos do work and can deliver a simplified and better experience than a setup with individual devices.
Contents as delivered in package:
• MG8702 DOCSIS 3.1 modem/AC3200 WIFI router
• Coaxial wrench
• Quick setup cards
• Power adapter
• LAN cable
Motorola's MG8702 delivers an ultra-fast experience as stated. It appears robust and has been delivering consistent fast connectivity since setting it up. I only needed to call my internet provider (Xfinity) to provide my MAC ID; we were up and running in about 10 minutes.
Supported wireless standards are IEEE 802.11ac, n, g, b and a. There are also four Gigabit LAN ports. Four internal dual-band antennas help deliver up to 1000 Mbps and 2167 Mbps with the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz radios respectively. MU-MIMO (Multiple-User Multiple Input Multiple Output) and the power boost wireless amplifiers ensure devices stay solidly connected in my nearly three level 1800 sq ft townhome. You may create up to four SSIDs ( two for each band). The device also provides a 3.0 USB port for network storage, if needed. The front of the unit houses the various LEDs to notify status (i.e. internet availability, DOCSIS connection status, USB port utilization etc.)
To maximize good hardware potential, the software designed to run it must also be just as good. The Minim Smart WiFi App takes advantage of the hardware and simplifies control of the device. It affords users ability to easily perform many tasks that typically require several steps with other manufacturers. To begin, you create an account and then scan the QR code (located underneath device) to link. A default SSID and password can also be found underneath; these can be changed. In my previous setup involving a triband wireless router, I had two SSIDs configured; one for the 2.4Ghz radio and the other for the two 5Ghz bands. The Minim App allows this configuration in very simple steps as previously stated. Other features of the App include:
• Information on device speed test and signal strength
• New device addition notification
• Capture of time spent by each device and content viewed with parental control feature
• Data used by each device (and their signal strength) with corresponding timestamps
• Ability to create profiles and group devices to these user profiles
• Timeline of changes made to the device
• Ability to manually categorize devices (i.e. tablet, cellphone, appliance etc.) when the App failed to automatically do it
The ease of use cannot be overemphasized. If you are comfortable and require additional tweaks, you can always do so via the default sign on ID and password through the 192.168. 0.1 IP address. This would be required if for instance you needed to change the default wireless security encryption from WPA2-PSK (AES) to another. In my experience, I created the previous SSIDs and passwords. This had all my devices up and running in no time; it was that seamless and the Minim App couldn't have made it easier.
If I could improve this device, I would include a second 5Ghz radio and make it WIFI 6 compliant. I am a converted believer and have nothing but praise for the Motorola MG8702 and the Minim App. The setup ease, solid hardware specs and user control delivered makes this a high recommendation in my books. I look forward to many years of robust performance from a trusted brand!Mar 27, 2021 23:18
I’m usually hesitant with Router/Modem combinations as from my previous testing they haven’t worked too well (mainly wireless stability and range) and I usually run into issues when trying to pair it with another router to get better speeds, range, and/or gaming benefits (duma OS). Thankfully, it appears they had this in mind as there is a button on the back of the device that allows you to turn on/off wireless. You can tell if the wireless is ON by seeing the wireless buttons light up on the front (two total, one for the 2.4 GHz band, and one for the 5 GHz band) or OFF when well off. Which allowed me to pair this very easily with my Gaming Router.
Speaking of my gaming router, I did some testing to see how the AC3200 Wireless Router compared to my Netgear XR500 AC2600 Wireless Router. I was impressed that it had nearly the same distance as my other router, with very similar speeds, and very solid connections throughout my entire house even into the garage. The dedicated gaming router still won out (range, speed, and OS) but not by enough to justify the cost of buying it if you already had this. I had great ping times, download, and upload speeds. They were consistent across the board without any drops or difficulty connecting and I was getting the same speeds wired as wireless (360 down/30 up) when close by on the 5 GHz band with impressive speeds on the 2.4 GHz band as well. If I didn’t already own the other device there would be no reason to go shopping for another wireless router. So, they have eliminated nearly all my concerns with combinations this time around. The only lacking component was that the OS system isn’t as cool as Duma OS. But I was still able to do all my gaming needs such as port forwarding and triggering and other things without any issues. Plus having it setup in the same place is convenient. Especially when paired with Minim App instead of going through the online Web Browser.
This modem supports multiple ISP Providers such as Xfinity, Cox, Spectrum, and Charter. My personal one is Cox and the setup was straightforward and easy. I disconnected my old box and then needed to activate this new box. Some users may already have this setup, so they can do it through their PC and Cox Account. Other uses like myself may need to call Cox directly to get it setup but either process is easy and doesn’t take a lot of time. After that you just need to go to the setup page to create your own wireless names and passwords.
This guy comes with pretty much all the specs your average person would want/need and mostly comes with top of the line specs. I won’t bore you with the specifics, but some highlights are Docsis 3.1 (newest is 4.0), IEE 802.11 ac/n/g/b/a (currently up to date), MU-MIMO (current), Powerboosting/beamforming (current). It also is NOT Wifi 6 but that is okay as it would make this dramatically more expensive and most people wouldn’t need it. It comes with four Gigabit LAN ports. I like that these ports have lighting to know what is going on. If they are blinking they are transmitting data. If it is greenthen it is using 1,000 Mbps (AKA gigabit speeds) (dependent on device and what internet speeds you are paying for) and if it is amber it is supporting <100 Mbps.
Some other aspects that I enjoyed is that the front of the device tells you all the information you need. Such as power on/off, dedicated download speed, dedicated upload speed, internet, LAN, 2.4 GHz wireless, 5 GHz wireless, WPS, and USB. If you are using high speeds it will change the lights from green to blue to ensure it is working correctly which is nice if something were to go wrong, you could troubleshoot a lot more easily. The only thing missing is the ability to turn off these lights which is feature on my Gaming Router that I like a lot since it is in the same room that I sleep. Instead I need to cover them. There is a lot of light bleed on the right side and the lights themselves are bright which can bother those who want a perfectly dark room.
In general, I have nothing negative to say about this modem/router combination. You get great speeds, excellent reach, easy setup, strong connections, and you can customize a great number of things if you so wish. There are also a lot of hardware settings such as a dedicated power on/off for the entire unit, dedicated wireless on/off, and dedicated WPS. Which makes it an easy recommendation from me.Mar 29, 2021 12:13
Love it. I had lots of issues with my internet and tried 3 different modem/router combos from other manufacturers but this Motorola is the one that resolves my months long network issues. I am not talking just about speed problems but loosing connection completely several times a week (sometimes even several times a day) for several months. Ever since I got this Motorola everything has been working fine with no issues at all. Speed got much better too but most importantly not one single disconnection yet.
Setup was very easy, plug it to power, attach coax line and activate it. Then just customize Wi-Fi settings and it’s ready to go. Great gui interface and lots of settings to customize your network. I love Parental Control which lets me create policy for kids devices and set a time limits for their use. My other favorite thing is Control Device option which lets me to turn on/off network for any of the devices on my network.
Definitely increased strength of the Wi-Fi compared to any previous router I have used.
You can get a recommended mobile app called minim but I need to be honest and say that I did not like it. It was sending too many false alerts on every device connection (or reconnection). Then it messed up my WiFi settings and renamed them to two different networks (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz) instead of one same name like I preferred to. Also it was giving me wrong data reports too, saying for example that my iPad used 360GB of data in just a few hours which is not possible, and my all devices using over 1TB for just a few hours. Very good device but horrible phone app which needs some work. App use it’s not required.
This modem has resolved all my internet issues: disconnections, speed and signal strength and I am extremely happy with it.
Increased signal strength
Not a device problem but recommended mobile app is not goodApr 14, 2021 22:15
This device has given me a great internet experience. Not only does it look nice but it also runs beautifully. As a person that streams and downloads I found it quite outstanding.May 28, 2021 17:26
This modern is fast & reliable, although I have
only had it about 1 weeks I haven’t had any complaints or trouble. Was highly recommended & I’m not sorry very easy to set up!May 07, 2021 18:22
This Motorola Modem/Router is very impressive. Equipped with gigabyte speeds and Doscis 3.1 it makes the internet fly as I have gigabyte service with Comcast. Out of the box it comes with a power cord, a wrench, cable strap, and ethernet cable. I immediately downloaded the app Minim and used that as part of my setup. Setup was easy. This modem can truly handle the advertised speeds because it was hitting all the marks for me. While the modem is 5 star the router is less impressive. The router leaves parts of my 1900 Sq. Ft home with a weak connection. That is disappointing. However since I am limited to full star reviews I still give it 5 stars. My actual feeling is 4.5 stars because of the weaker than expected router range. That however cannot detract from the fact it has no hiccups as a modem and delivers exceptionally well. Of course today everything has an app and Motorola does pretty good job with theirs. It is helpful to the overall user experience. I owned an Arris modem previously and I must say Motorola is a step above. The multiple downstream and upstream options are a plus along with the 4 ethernet ports. My last product had 2. Buy this modem/ router today and be assured you have purchased the latest standard available. Motorola has an impressive product here.Apr 01, 2021 19:23
If you are looking to simplify your modem/router combination with an all-in-one unit or maybe tired of renting a unit from your cable company – this is worth a look.
Overall, it is a nice unit and do recommend for most homes. It stacked up very well to my current Arris SB6190 DOCSIS 3.0 (32 x 8) modem and Linksys Velop MX10 AX 2 node mesh system. Ethernet connected speeds were same on both systems and surprisingly the wi-fi speeds were just a tad higher on the Motorola unit. But for me the wi-fi did not provide a strong enough signal to reach some of my devices – resulting in on/off connection issues to these. To be fair my computer room is located at one end of the house and the devices having issues were on the absolute opposite end of the house/property – requiring signal to go over 80 feet and through several interior and 6-inch exterior walls and it just was not strong enough. Moving unit to a more central location would probably fix this issue but it just is not possible for me to do that. I researched and could not find any info if you could possibly add a satellite node at some point to create a mesh network. I am not a fan of extenders. I was provided with a contact at Motorola (a perk of being a TIN member) and sent email asking if a node could be added but after 4 days have not received a reply. If it is possible to create a mesh network, then problem solved but so far cannot confirm. This might be something to consider too if/when moving to a larger home. Because I wanted to use a DOCSIS 3.1 modem I wound up turning off the Motorola wi-fi and connecting my Linksys Velop mesh system to the modem. No issues doing this but defeats purpose of having/paying an all-in-one.
Everything to get you started is in the box.
Modem/Router – 9.5 x 2.8 x 9.75 inches and 34.4 ounces (which I found to be surprisingly light). It is a tad deep and tall but needs to allow for 4 dual-band internal antennas with Power Boost amplifiers. Modem component has the latest DOCSIS 3.1 – allowing for gigabyte speeds from network provider such as Cox or Xfinity and has 4 10/100/1000 Mbps ethernet connections.
Router wi-fi component is rated at AC3200 – allowing for theoretical download speeds of 3200 Mbps. Allows for 32 Downstream and 8 upstream channels/devices.
Also has 1 USB 3.0 for DLNA (does not seem to support printer).
Small power brick with sideway plug, not ideal as for all my power strips it needed to be on the end, or it would block at least 2 openings.
Cat 5e around 5-foot ethernet cable
Coax wrench – nice touch so you do not have to find an open-end wrench to fit.
Basically, no instructions provided so I went out to Motorola website and downloaded the quick start startup and user guides.
The quick start guide is incredibly detailed and provides step by step instructions as well as contact numbers for the largest internet providers. To authorize you need to provide your S/N and MAC address – which is on the bottom of the modem. The default Network name (SSID) and wi-fi password as well as router access info of IP address and default username and password are all on the bottom too. So, do yourself a favor and take a picture so you have the info readily available. Once authorized you can access the unit by opening a webpage using the provided IP address or download the MotoManage app to your phone. I used the webpage for my initial setup - changing default username and password to something unique to me. To make transition as easy as possible I also renamed the network name (SSID) and network password to what I was currently using. This should allow most, if not all your connected devices to find and connect to the new unit. I have up to 48 devices connected at times and most did auto re-connected. Also, I had all the devices named so I could easily identify them on the old network and have a spreadsheet that has my given name as well as the devices MAC address (does not normally change) and IP address (which could change depending on your wi-fi IP range) – this really helps identify your devices. Modem is backward compatible to DOCSIS 3.0, 2.0 & 1.1.
Front of unit has a series of lights that are easily decipherable indicating power on/off, downstream, upstream, online, 2.4 GHz usage, 5 GHz usage, WPS, USB and rear panel.
Back of unit has USB 3.0 DLNA connection, WPS/WLAN buttons, reset, 4 ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps, coax connection, on/off and power connection. Ethernet connection will blink Amber if 10/100 Mbps or Green if 1 Gbps.
After setting up network, etc. using webpage I downloaded the Motorola app. I did not allow camera access and now it asks me each time I open the app – which is getting irritating. Overall, app is okay and does provide more info than can be accessed using webpage. You can track usage by device which could be nice to help determine what is eating up your data limit. Can really drill down into the real guts of the system, which to be honest is above my pay grade – so left alone for the most part. Can setup security, etc. I did receive a notice that after 30 days I could continue to pay monthly fee, but it was not clear as to what the fee was for? In looking through user manual it just mentions fee is for “advanced features”?
All in ones can be pragmatic if 1 component fails.
Cannot determine whether adding a node to create mesh network is possible.
What are the “advanced features” monthly fee is for? And why would I be charged for something?
Overall a nice all-in-one that for most homes will be more than enough.Mar 27, 2021 09:07
Interconnect your smart devices at home with this NETGEAR Nighthawk AX6 cable modem router. The NETGEAR Armor protection keeps your data secure, while the six-stream dual-band Wi-Fi 6 offers speeds of up to 2.7 Gbps to deliver smooth streaming on multiple devices. This NETGEAR Nighthawk AX6 cable modem router features a built-in DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem to support ultra-fast multi-Gigabit internet, and the Smart Connect feature enables seamless setup.
Easy to use and setup. I have xfynity and with the use of the xfynity app and the netgear app my new modem was up and running within 10 minutes of the apps updating its software and setting up the connection. All i did was put the app to work and walked away. 10 mins later my whole internet was up and running all i had to do was rename my connection and setup the password! Highly recommend for anyone looking for fast speed and beginner level modem shoppersJun 03, 2021 08:06
wow, I really like this router. You have to wonder why I have been paying my cable company $14 per month for the last... oh 100 years... to rent their lousy router???
This NightHawk is built for speed and easy use. It just never goes out, the internet is always there for me and lightning fast. I do have it plugged into a battery backup - duh - I learned that lesson once upon a time.
This 6 stream dual band WiFi 6 router keeps all your devices happy at the same time, You will appreciate how reliable it is on multiple devices. And yes, simple set up.Jul 31, 2021 08:50
I bought the Netgear Nighthawk AX2700 in order to replace a previous Netgear Nighthawk C7000 in order to get 802.11AX and Docsis 3.1. Previous C7000 was only giving me a maximum of 315mbps on 5ghz . After upgrading to the AX2700, I am seeing 650mbps downloads now on 5ghz channel. My old router didn't support the faster speed tiers offered by Comcast, but now I am ready to upgrade to the 1200mbps package that they offer.Jul 09, 2021 15:47
Wow I am impressed. I have Xfinity network and setup was really easy with this device. I did everything from the NightHawk app, and anyone who has purchased a Netgear device knows how awful netgear genie is. The NightHawk app is more modern and streamlined with configuration being done for you but you can still name your network and give it a password. After this I logged into the router VIA web browser, and I am impressed. They have more configurations you can setup plus the interface is no longer an eye sore lol and this was really my wow moment, but you can actually manage IPv6!!!!! With this router Netgear finally lets you set your own IPv6 dns settings. For you parents out there you can actually Block sites, and services. If you don't want your kid going to a specific site or using a service you can actually tell the AX2700 to block requests from that site. You can also setup email notifications to alert you about this. One more thing I noticed about this router is that you can install firmware updates from the app or web interface. Which is insane considering you always have to wait for Xfinity to push the firmware update to you. I am actually just really surprised at how many options you have compared to previous Netgear modem/routers. I didn't look at tech website reviews before buying this, I just saw wi-fi 6 and a voice said "future proof" so I bought it. I had no ideal what I was getting into. I have wi-fi 6 in my desktop and laptop and connectivity has been amazing! Even on older devices connectivity has been superb.Aug 19, 2021 22:41
Huge upgrade from my previous Router / Modem.
Xfinity is my internet provider and it was a sinch to get this one set up.
Basically my last one lasted 5 years so this one was free considering how much I have saved on rental fees.
I went from 80 gbs on my 5G channel to 450gbs!!!
I could get a better plan and go a lot faster but 400 is plenty.
Anyways, this is a must buy if you rent through Xfinity. It’s easy to set up through the xfinity app.Sep 05, 2021 07:05
Switched to this because my existing modem/router was at the end of life. Needed tech support to help with connecting it as you need your cell phone to do so. My cell service doesn’t work that well in my home. I call Netgear tech support to get me up and running and they guided me thru without the use of my cell phone. Up and running with no problems. They even called me the next day to make sure everything was working ok.Oct 15, 2021 18:55
Great router for a medium sized home around 2000 sft ,but if your using Xfintity gigbit speeds this only supports until 800mbps max modem speeds .try finding CAX30 model you can get it for 100$ less than thisNov 05, 2021 15:36
This modem/router combo is sleek, and not only looks good, but works very well. It was easy to install and connecting my devices was a quick, simple task. I used this to replace the Xfinity gateway. No issues thus far.Oct 30, 2021 07:54
This Orbi Wi-Fi System comes with an Orbi Router with a built-in Cable Modem and a Satellite. Easily set up and create a whole home mesh Wi-Fi system that delivers ideal Wi-Fi coverage. It covers homes up to 4000 square feet with strong Wi-Fi signals. Innovative Tri-Band Wi-Fi helps maximize the Internet speeds available in your home. Enjoy better Wi-Fi. Everywhere
Amazing product I recommended it. this is better than Google wifi.Feb 03, 2020 12:54
My Netgear Nighthawk cable modem finally died after many years of service so I replaced it with this Netgear Orbi. Right away I noticed a huge difference in the Wi-Fi signal strength throughout our condo. The hard wired attached TV typically had 400+ mbps whilst Wi-Fi devices typically would have less than 40mbps. Now Wi-Fi signal strength even in the back bedrooms are showing 200 to over 300mbps. Previously I had 4 Wi-Fi extenders located around the condo and they barely made a difference, now with just one Orbi satellite I’m getting awesome Wi-Fi everywhere. Currently it’s a full retail so I was a little disappointed but I couldn’t wait for it to go on sale.May 08, 2020 17:29
My need was to correct dead spots in house. I purchased ORBI Mesh networking to fix the problem and it did! My side benefit was getting rid of the Comcast modem/router saving me $10/month.
Installation of system was easy with no problems or phone call help. Comcast activation was automatic during setup process. I noticed that downloads were faster ie 75mbps comcsst and 125mbps on the ORBI. Signal strength is strong and equal and we have had no dropouts since installation.
We have 2000sqft with bonus room/office upstairs. The modem is located there. There are 3 computers connected to that modems ethernet ports. The satellite is downstairs in family room. We have complete coverage on ground level including porch and back yard/garage.
System has been up about 30 days as of this review. Highly recommend the ORBI, price is a little high but small price to pay for eliminating inet drop outs on laptops, TV and phone.Jul 13, 2018 20:45
I needed to replace my old Orbi system since the satellite quit responding after 1.5 years of use. Couldn't revive it. It was spend $250 for a new satellite or $399 for this setup and replace the cable modem which was costing me $10/m. The difference between this and just a new satellite is just over a years of savings by getting rid of the leased modem. So I took the plunge. Because the last one didn't last 2 years, I got the Geek Squad replacement deal with this one.
It's been a month now and I'm glad I did this. Went from two large items on my shelf to one. Because of a few power outages, I've witnessed the reboot time of this is half of what the leased modem was.
The only downside is I also have home security with the cable company and they had to install a separate "secure" router between my modem and their touchscreen. It's small and not noticeable.
I originally got the Orbi because I have a few Nest security cameras and they'd keep dropping off the network. This has stopped that. I just hope this setup lives a lot longer than the last one did.Oct 05, 2018 17:06
Awesome product! I have Spectrum internet that was always droppping out. Especially my Nest camera's. I tried every solution Spectrum offered...even changing out spectrum routers to no avail. Then I found Orbi. Once this mesh system was installed, I have not lost connection at all. If you are having problems with keeping connection, this is your fix. My house is stucco on the outside, and it seems to have been preventing external connection with my exterior cameras. Orbi fixed all that. My outdoor connection is awesome now!Jun 13, 2020 07:59
The Netgear Orbi AC2200 Tri-band Wi-Fi system has replaced an Netgear 900 (3 years old). We have more than a dozen devices at home using wi-fi and the old router would slow down significantly during peak usage. We placed the satellite in the area we had problem before and It totally solved the problem.
The new Orbi has a built-in modem so we got rid of the old one too. So far the system has worked flawlessly for the first month since purchasing. Every device needs internet access has worked faster without issue.
It was a very good investment indeed.Jul 07, 2019 14:15
I bought this unit ($400) thinking I was upgrading from another Netgear product (Nighthawk-$300) after reading all the reviews. It has been three weeks now and most of devises are working fine, still having intermittent problems with my TV and I can't connect to one of my Ring devices. Netgear tech support says I need to reconfigure my ip address, CableONe says that I don't. Geek squad chat line came up with nothing, hung up after waiting 10+ mins with BBGS, I'm about to try calling them again, lets see what happens,,,,,,May 03, 2020 07:54
Boy, did this orbi make a change to our internet speed. We were getting speeds, in and around the house, of 30-40mbps (0 mbps in the back yard) We are now getting speeds of 150-200mbps, even in the back yard. I highly recommend this product. We currently have 56 smart devices connected to the internet and it works flawlessly.Dec 01, 2019 12:00
Linksys Atlas Pro 6 with Velop Intelligent Mesh is a dual-band WiFi 6 router that delivers next-level streaming and gaming to more than 30 devices per node. Access to 160 MHz unleashes the true power of WiFi 6 technology—these are the least congested channels available on the 5GHz band and offer incredibly fast connectivity. Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) provides access to more channels, reducing interference from neighboring networks. Velop Intelligent Mesh technology offers whole home mesh WiFi coverage that’s easily expandable by adding additional nodes. With easy setup, advanced security and parental controls, Linksys Atlas Pro 6 is an essential upgrade to any home.
Linksys hit a major home run with the Atlas Pro 6 system. Super easy set up and massive coverage for any home. Dual band 2.4 and 5ghz will get any and all your devices internet with no problems. The system can easily handle 90 things connected to it which is more than enough for me.
In the box you get 3 Satellites with power cords, 1 ethernet cable and the usual literature to read. Set up is using the Linksys App you download from the Apple Store or Play Store. You can start with any of the satellites as the main one connected to the modem and the other 2 remaining for the mesh as they are all identical.
Set up was a breeze from upgrading. Here's a little background story for me.
In my home which is kinda shaped as a lowercase "n", I had many headaches with dead spots and super spotty speeds/coverage. My modem is in the top left of the "n" so anything near the bottom which is my garage had no signals at all. On the other side there is a hallway leading to all the bedrooms and stairs, but the wall is made of stone so bedrooms would be hit or miss. I remedied this problem with an Eero system for a mesh network and it finally gave my home coverage, albeit slower speeds than what I was paying for.
Enter the Atlas Pro. I disconnected my current Eero network and did the step by step installation to get the Atlas up and running. After a hard reset of the modem, I plugged in 1 of the Linksys satellites and internet was found almost instantly. Here's the best part. I named my network the same as my old and had kept the same PW and EVERY SINGLE DEVICE just reconnected itself to the Atlas Pro with no modifications or resets of ANY KIND. What a huge timer saver! I set up the 2nd node in the kitchen on the other side of the house and the last in the hallway connecting the home.
All devices that could handle Wifi 6 easily get Gigabit+ speeds. I also noticed now all my mobile devices now display the "6" on the WiFi icon if they are compatible.
Range is insane. I went to my mailbox which is about 5 houses down and barely lost a bar. It can handle everything I threw at it. 4 Nest Cams, 1 Nest Doorbell, 5 Ring Cams, Smart Thermostat, every console known to man that connects to the internet, 4 phones, 8 tablets and lots more. App is rich in features from seeing what is connected to your network to Network Management. One item I do wish to see is to be able to select a specific Node and see what exactly is connected to it (Eero spoiled me on this). It does show how many items are connected to which Node, but not what it is.
I'm not going to bore you with the technical jargon, but if you need a mesh network for your home or seriously thinking of one, I'd recommend the Atlas Pro in a heartbeat.Sep 21, 2021 23:08
I’ve been using a Netgear Orbi tri-band mesh system for the past few years. It was my ‘nuclear’ option after a firmware debacle with the previous router shut my network down every 20-30 minutes. It’s been excellent ever since and I cannot recommend mesh WiFi enough for the coverage and stability it provides. I’ve thought about upgrading as my old system was on the last generation WiFi 5 and WiFi 6 has become more commonplace, but costs have also gotten higher in the years since I got my previous system. I was worried the change from a tri-band system with a dedicated backhaul channel to a dual band system would be a downgrade, but so far the jump to Linksys has been a nice, if minor, improvement. I have had no issues with the Atlas Pro 6 and if you have a large home that is lacking in coverage from a single WiFi router then this is a great choice.
The model I received is MX55EC3. It’s a Best Buy exclusive model and from what I can tell it is nearly identical to the MX5503, but it costs $50 more and has a slower 2.4GHz band. I really can’t see any other difference between them. I know this is a new product, so maybe there are some other details that differentiate that I’m missing, but it seems like going with the MX5503 is the better choice between the two of them.
In the box you get 3 nodes. My Orbi system had a dedicated router and satellite, but it appears that any of the Atlas Pro nodes can be used as a router or a satellite. Each node has 3 gigabit LAN ports and 1 gigabit WAN port that can also be used as a LAN on nodes being used as satellites. I have a 1200 Mbps internet plan from Comcast and unfortunately the gigabit WAN port does not allow me to take full advantage of my internet plan, which is a disappointment. I wish Linksys had made this port 2.5 Gig or 5 Gig, but you’d have to go with the much more expensive Atlas Max to get that. Setting up the system through the app was straightforward, if somewhat lengthy. Connecting to and initializing each node took around 10 minutes each, but once that was done that was pretty much it for me. The app has a simple layout with a main page that lets you see all of your connected devices and enable guest WiFi. Pulling out the side menu does give you some more advanced settings, but overall it’s pretty basic. The app works well, but there’s not much reason to interact with it after the initial setup, which is a good thing for me.
Some background on my home, it’s 2 stories and 1500 square feet. Technically one node would cover me no problem and three is definitely overkill, but I’ve had issues with coverage from single WiFi routers in the past. I setup the main router in my guest bedroom upstairs, the second satellite in the master bedroom down the hall, and the third satellite downstairs behind my TV. It depended on the device, but I consistently saw better or at least the same speeds from all of my devices while connected to the Atlas Pro. I was excited to see the improvement WiFi 6 would have on the devices that I had that supported it. My Surface Book 3, where it was getting around 400 Mbps on the old system, I saw speeds between 500-700 Mbps. It’s an improvement to be sure, but not one I’d probably notice on a daily basis. My WiFi 5 devices were mostly the same, but I did still see slightly improved speeds on my Pixel 4. The connection to all my devices has been rock solid and I haven’t seen any drops.
Overall I’m happy with the Atlas Pro 6 and it’s definitely changed my opinion on dual band mesh WiFi, but if everything I’ve been able to find about the MX55EC3 is correct it seems like it would be a better choice to pick the MX5503 and get the extra 2.4 Ghz speed.Sep 20, 2021 08:44
Atlas Pro 6 AX5300 dual band WiFi 6 (3 pack) is among the latest router products that Linksys released this year. There are some many brands and variants under each model and choosing the right router for individual needs is really tricky and dauting at times. For simple day-to-day use, the main features to look for in a router are the coverage or signal strength in the entire house + yard, the number of devices connected to the router, security features, and the download and upload speeds needed for different applications such as gaming, streaming (HD or 4K), etc. running at the same time. The router needs for advanced gaming and streaming are lot different as it requires some advanced technologies on the router with the right Wi-Fi standards (WiFi5 or WiFi6), latest security features (WPA2 or WPA3), number of LAN ports, prioritization or traffic control features on the router app, etc.
Atlas Pro 6 WiFi6 AX5300 falls more at the high end of the user spectrum, it supports the latest Wi-Fi 6 standard (faster speeds and boasts better management for network congestion for several devices connected at the same time), uses Velop technology, supports up to 90 devices on its dual band (2.4 GHz, 802.11ax - 474 Mbps or 5 GHz 802.11ax -4804 Mbps) radio with WPA3/WPA2 security encryption, parental control features, device prioritization feature, guest log-in support, etc. There app offers lot more customization options such as parental controls, device prioritization, guest access, and lot more options such as Airtime Fairness, Dynamic Frequency Selection (typically used for industrial IoT devices), Client & Node Steering, etc. for advanced users. I was playing around with these features as I have a test system (radars, lidars, IIoT, etc) set-up at home for my WFH needs and wanted to prioritize my devices sharing the same internet signal. It has 3 Gigabit LAN ports on each unit and 1 Gigabit WAN port, 5.1 Bluetooth for app-based set-up.
Linksys app offers an easy set-up function and lets you transfer login, password and devices set-up configurations from you old or existing Linksys router (has to powered on and disconnected from the modem). I ran into few issues during the initial set-up with the Linksys app - was able to detect the parent node (the one connected to the modem), but the parent node failed to connect to modem and I tried everything to resetting the router and rebooting the modem several times. I finally decided to configure with the router with a direct ethernet connection to my PC. I called the product support and spent about 30 mins to have it set-up and configured. They walked me through some configuration set-up process on my PC. The routers needed a firmware update right out-of-the-box and this took about 8 minutes/unit to update and try the set-up process again. I added a pic which has the original firmware and the new firmware that is needed to allow for the app based set-up. Set-up was a breeze after the firmware update and the customer support was very patient and helpful with the entire set-up process. Setting up the child nodes was pretty straight forward after the firmware update, just make sure they in the same room as the parent node during the set-up process and it can be moved to any location after the set-up. The security and firmware updates should happen automatically in the future. I have about 47 devices (Home security system with 6 streaming cameras, Google home, Alexa, Philips Hue bridge, Roomba's, Wi-Fi speakers, etc.) connected to the router and I used the device prioritization feature to allow for best performance for the devices I cared about. There are lot more customized settings on the app and I am still exploring those. The 3 node set-up should cover up to 8000 sq.ft. I haven't tested its Alexa voice interaction with Linksys router feature yet.
I have the parent node in the first floor and moved the child nodes to the basement and the 2nd floor. Previously, I had dead spots in the corner bed rooms and had connectivity issues on TV's running Chromecast and Apple TV in the corner bedrooms and the streaming devices often had the spinning circles/buffering icon on it or streamed with downgraded video quality with weak internet signal. Now, I can stream 4k videos on four TV's simultaneous, along with 47 devices connected to the router and I didn't have any dead spots in my 2700 sq.ft. home. I walked around my yard and did some internet speed tests and I had good enough signal up to 80ft radius around my house, which is pretty good for 3 router set-up. I have a 500 Mbps internet speed and I tested the internet speeds at different locations in my house and the signal strength was between 95%-99% at different locations! Its lot easy to add more nodes to the set-up and you can up to 15 more nodes.
Overall, this is an amazing 3 pack router system with advanced technology for big homes with customizable features for medium to advanced users and I highly recommend it. They have a great customer support!Sep 20, 2021 12:27
I like how Linksys implemented Bluetooth technology with the setup process. I remember just a few years ago when setting up a router involved setting up a temporary/default network, connecting to it, and then typing in a specific IP address to begin the setup process.
With the Linksys app, you simply connect one of the nodes to power and the Ethernet cable from your ISP’s modem, and the app then detects the nearby node and walks you through the process of creating a network and configuring a password. There was some waiting between screens, but overall it took less than 15 minutes.
The nodes of the Atlas Pro 6 are a little larger than the previous version of the Velop system. One thing I noticed is that the nodes now feature 4 Ethernet ports (an internet port and 3 LAN ports) instead of 2, which is good if you have some devices you would prefer to “hard wire” into your network.
I did a test by only setting up one node at first, then testing the speed from the other side of my house. My maximum internet speed is 300 Mbps, and I was able to get about 100 Mbps from the far away corner. That’s really good by itself, but the beauty of a mesh network is that you can set up additional nodes throughout your house. They’ll connect to each other wirelessly and if you spread them out, no matter where you are, you are relatively close to a node.
One of the benefits of WiFi 6 is that it is more efficient at handling a lot of devices and the “Internet of Things” such as smart doorbells and WiFi cameras. We’re still in the early days of the WiFi 6 standard and there aren’t many WiFi 6 devices out there yet that would fully take advantage of it (I believe the iPhone 11 and newer support WiFi 6, as does the new M1 Macs). It’s OK if your devices are on an older version of WiFi as they’ll still work on a WiFi 6 router. The Linksys Atlas Pro 6 helps future proof your network somewhat as WiFi 6 support is included in more and more devices. Unfortunately, WiFi 6 typically requires new hardware, so your older devices cannot upgrade to WiFi 6 via a firmware update, for example.
If you have a lot of WiFi devices in your home and you can see many nearby WiFi networks from your neighbors (which can cause additional WiFi interference), here’s a little hack I learned from the previous version of the Velop network I own: you can connect the nodes together via an Ethernet cable to help reduce wireless interference. And I know what you’re thinking: I don’t want to drill holes in the wall to run Ethernet cable throughout the house. And you don’t necessarily need to. I found that buying a flat Ethernet cable, running it underneath the baseboard, and setting up the second node on the other side of the room of the first node really helped boost performance in my house. Even though the nodes were in the same room, my devices were divided up among the two nodes that in itself provides some efficiency in the WiFi handling. And by connecting the nodes via Ethernet, you’re eliminating the potential for WiFi interference between the two nodes (and your neighbors).
Even though there are not many devices out there today (mid-2021) that support WiFi 6, the Linksys Atlas Pro will still work with your existing WiFi devices and help future proof your network as more and more devices include WiFi 6. Having multiple nodes around the house helps eliminate dead spots while providing strong streaming performance for Netflix, remote learning, and working from home. The additional Ethernet ports on each node is great for times when you want to wire a device to your network.Sep 16, 2021 14:47
Depending on your need for customization and management of your WIFI setup, this may be the perfect system for home WIFI. With three nodes, it can cover up to 8100 sq. ft. This is a fast AX5300 WIFI 6 system (up to 5.3 Gbps), and its Velop Intelligent Mesh is intended to be transparent and self-configuring. The nodes are modest-sized square vases in appearance and attractive enough to be placed in any room without a techie or space alien look.
As with most Linksys routers, it is very app-centric. The app will guide you through the process. You pick a Velop node to be the base. All three are identical and could each function as a stand-alone WIFI router. Each has an internet connection and three ethernet connections plus a power jack. When powered on, the first node will find your phone and start the process. You connect your internet modem, and it links up, and away you go. Once that’s done the remaining two nodes can be set up. Find a location, power up and wait for the system to find it, and verify that the signal from the primary node is good. Assuming all is well, you name that node’s location, and it is now part of the mesh. The process repeats with the third node. At this point, the system is fully configured. With three nodes it can handle an outrageous number of connected devices simultaneously … around 90 is what Linksys claims. I saw a definite speed increase over my older Linksys mesh system, and any WIFI 6 devices will realize the full benefit of that higher speed protocol.
This is a dual-band high speed, high-end system aimed at small office or home use. The app makes setup a breeze, but if you have exacting requirements and configuration needs, you’ll need to use the web browser interface. Even then, the choices are comparatively modest. Even though every node has three ethernet jacks as well as a WIFI connection (they can be hard-wired together for better speed and reliability), there is no USB port. That means there’s no way to connect an external memory device. I find that a somewhat strange omission. If you want that feature along with tri-band mesh, you can move up to Linksys’s flagship WIFI 6E product and pay the price for the very latest and greatest.
The final verdict is that this is an excellent home system. I’m retiring my Linksys MR8300 mesh system and switching over to these sleek white vases. If you want excellent speed, a large coverage area, a nearly unlimited number of connected devices without speed loss, and a non-techie setup, this is a solid choice.Sep 22, 2021 10:43
I upgraded to the Linksys Atlas Pro 6 AX5300 from my old Linksys AC2200 router, which we had for over two and a half years. It was starting to show its age and wasn't able to keep up with all of our devices anymore. It was getting to the point where TV streaming was starting to buffer and gaming was becoming laggy and disconnecting. Speed tests showed that our internet speeds were more than capable of handling everything, the router just couldn't anymore.
First, setup is about as easy as it gets with the Atlas Pro 6. You download the Linksys app, connect the first (parent) node to the modem and set it up in the app. It just takes a couple of minutes for the app to find it and add it. You then add your second (child) node the same way and then the third. Doing this just requires plugging them into an outlet and clicking "Add new device" on the app. Overall, the setup for me was about 20 minutes. Almost all of that time was spent waiting on the app to locate and configure the nodes. I will say that the plug (that you plug into the wall outlet) is huge for these nodes. Take that into account if you're going to be plugging these into a power strip. They will need to be plugged into the end otherwise you will cover 2-3 other positions.
We have a 1,400 square foot single-story house, but it is not an open concept, so there are a lot of walls that can block wi-fi signals. Having the second and third nodes eliminate any dead spots. I have the parent node in the master bedroom with the router. I have a second in the living room for the TV and to run an ethernet cable to my PS5. I recently installed a TV in my garage for watching sports while outside grilling, so I put the third node in the garage.
I have noticed a considerable increase in speed as well as coverage using the Atlas Pro 6. When streaming Hulu it doesn't buffer anymore and whereas I was getting disconnected from online servers nearly every time I played on my PS5 with my old router, I haven't been disconnected at all with the Atlas Pro 6. When checking the wifi connection on my phone (Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra), it is consistently showing between 1.0-1.2 Gbps network speed.
This is the perfect setup for larger homes, homes with many walls, people who work from home, and people that have a lot of devices connected to their network. They say that you can get around 100 devices connected to the Atlas Pro 6. I have about 30 at any given time and they all do fine. Most people have a lot more connected to their network than they realize. We have 4 cell phones, 3 Alexa Shows, 3 TVs, 3 Firesticks, 3 laptops, 2 smartwatches, 7 smart bulbs, 1 Arlo camera, 1 Eufy doorbell, 1 Masterbuilt smoker, 1 PS4, 1 PS5 (ethernet), and a printer. Nothing slows it down.
I was to the point with the previous router that I was going to have to add a second network and split what was connected just to be able to keep up with everything. Now, I don't have to. Even if you don't have this many devices connected to your network, the chances are that you will one day. This router will help future-proof your home. Everything is connected to the internet these days, from refrigerators and coffee pots to toothbrushes. One thing that I wish companies would do is add an option to be able to turn off the status light. Having a node in our bedroom casts a bright blue light on the walls and ceiling. It seems like it would be a simple option to add to the app. I know when the wifi is connected and working, I don't need a light to tell me. If I ever need to see the status I can always check the app. For now, I just put a small piece of electrical tape over the light. Overall, I would highly recommend this mesh router. It has exceeded my expectations.Sep 19, 2021 19:29
I decided to test this product because I had a few areas in my house where 5Ghz coverage was spotty and some devices, especially my office printer and smart thermostats, were starting to have unstable connections because of the number of devices that were connected to my network and/or possibly congestion from traffic. Setup was extremely simple; downloading the app and connecting all 3 nodes took about 15 minutes. The main node of course was placed where my cable comes into the house, which in my case is basically the middle of the first floor. I placed the second node in my second floor office and the third I placed in my garage to help with outdoor coverage. The most noticeable improvement from my previous router is the WiFi coverage; there are no spotty areas in my house now, and on top of that, I have excellent coverage in quite a large area outside my house. In addition, this product seems to solved the connections issues I had started having with my printer and thermostats. The throughput is also better than my previous router and the latency when gaming is about the same... I thought it might be slightly worse since my gaming machine is connected to a satellite node and not the main one. Another nice feature is that each node has multiple ethernet ports so devices can be hardwired if needed.
Overall, I'm really pleased with the Linksys Atlas Pro 6 WiFi system. It has provided my house with great WiFi coverage, increased throughput, and a more stable network environment. If you're struggling with spotty WiFi coverage try this product.Sep 27, 2021 03:17
I'm writing this review from 2 points of view - firstly as an existing LInksys Velop user (the first tri-band version) , but also as someone who has been on the fence about upgrading to wifi6.
Short version. Wow, this thing is fast.
As I mentioned, I'm an existing Velop user since the early days of mesh. Historically t's been 'ok' and gets good 2.4/5Ghz coverage around the house, but as I moved into a home office I ended up adding more nodes to give me coverage into other areas of the house. I attached a photo so you can see that the new Atlas pro is not significantly larger than the old 5Ghz nodes - there is now a 4/5 port switch on the rear of the node and that's about the only difference.
(special shout out on the AC adapter - the original Velop ones were huge and obscured the outlet with their width, but as you can see from the other photo these are much more manageable)
The Velop experience with the new Atlas pro is as you would expect, pretty seamless out of the box. Install the app, turn on the node and follow the instructions (note: you can also do it through the native web interface , but I'd recommend using the app if this is your first time)
Once all the nodes are up and running in the mesh, they automatically update the firmware and...err.. well it just works. And it works quickly.
I have always run my nodes in bridge mode (so using an external router) and with an ethernet backhaul between the nodes - and the Atlas pro works just fine in exactly the same configuration.
The part that is the most impressive is the actual wifi speed you get from connected devices. The mesh auto-picks the best channels on all the nodes (but you can also ask it to rescan if you're in a noisy wifi area) and the clients don't seem to have any disconnecting issues I've seen with other mesh wifi providers. The Atlas pro also supports DFS for additional frequency bands, but watch out as not all of your clients/smart devices will necessarily support it.
Anyway , back to the speed.
Even 5Ghz devices run faster on the 6Ghz radios - OFDMA , airtime fairness and a number of other tricks in the back make this the best wireless coverage I've ever seen in my 2800sqft house. And I certainly don't need any additional nodes beyond the 3 provided.
To give you an idea, I ran a speedtest from. my M1 MacBook Air in the home office location - both using the 5Ghz Velop and the new 6Ghz Atlas pro (see attached images). I'm getting almost wire-speed from the remote client now (400/20), whereas before it a third of that.
We'll see how Linksys do continuing with firmware updates to add features going forward, but right now I would probably recommend this to anyone - even above the wifi 6e devices that are starting to appear.
Solid Wifi starts with Velop Atlas Pro. If you're on the fence about upgrading to Wifi6, you can't really go wrong with the new Velop Atlas Pro
I received this product complimentary as part of a Technical Review program, but this is one product I would happily pay retail price for.Sep 15, 2021 20:52
Expand your wireless internet coverage with this NETGEAR four-stream Wi-Fi 6 mesh extender. Speeds of up to 1.6Gbps support 4K streaming and gaming, and OFDMA technology offers enhanced data transmission across multiple devices. This WPA3-enabled NETGEAR four-stream Wi-Fi 6 mesh extender features WPS, letting you easily connect to your network.
WiFi wasn’t reaching upstairs very well, so I bought this mesh extender. Now I get the same speed upstairs as downstairs. Installation was easy, but I did have to experiment with putting it in 3 different plug locations before I found one that worked best. Good experience for much less $ than buying a completely new mesh system to replace my standalone router.Oct 06, 2021 13:38
So glad we bought this. Service has been so much better as our router is upstairs and have had no issues since setting it up and it is very easy to set up.Oct 15, 2021 15:31
Had to return this router, was unable to plug it where I wanted, however it worked great where I was able to plug it in breiflyOct 27, 2021 18:12
My family was having wifi fading in and out. With this product if fixed those anoyying problems. 100% internet all over the house.Oct 07, 2021 11:32
I bought this item because I needed extra coverage in my house for outdoor home security items. I could not get this to connect to the items. Tried to get help from Tech Support. I don't like having to speak with someone who is not fluent in English and understand the problems involved in setting up the product. I got frustrated and decided to return the item back to Best Buy and just use the older extender that I was currently using.Oct 29, 2021 16:18
It’s works like the say, get better streaming’s and internetNov 04, 2021 21:55
Great mesh extender would definitely recommend. Exceded my expectations.Oct 14, 2021 13:21
Works great! Easy to install! I would highly recommend!Oct 20, 2021 02:49