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Charter Cable & best modem/router to buy

by brdtim / January 7, 2011 1:09 AM PST

I recently changed to Charter from ATT DSL. The modem that they provided (rental) is Motorola Surfboard SB5101N. Is this modem the best option if I decide to buy rather than rent? Also what router should I need to optimize the service? No gaming or other uses, just internet connection for laptop, iPad & iPhone.

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Some facts . . .
by Coryphaeus / January 7, 2011 10:59 PM PST

1. Cable is going (eventually) to a new protocol called DOCSIS 3.0 (much faster speed).

2. The Internet is changing to IPv6. Get a modem that supports both.

I just purchased a Cisco DCP3000 that supports the new DOCSIS and IPv6, and is Gigabit output. For a router I have the D-link DIR-655 Gigabit wired/wireless N.

These two together will serve you well into the future. And I hate to brag, but here is a screenshot of my Roadrunner cable speed after I installed the modem.

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(NT) Correction, DPC3000.
by Coryphaeus / January 7, 2011 11:01 PM PST
In reply to: Some facts . . .
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by ahtoi / January 8, 2011 1:07 AM PST
In reply to: Some facts . . .

are you all by yourself on the line, hehe? I am going to complain to my ISP. You think it's the HARDWARES that doing it?

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That was burst speed . . .
by Coryphaeus / January 8, 2011 2:17 AM PST
In reply to: WOW,

Actual steady speed is around 40 Meg. I get that every day. I do attribute it to the new modem.

Since I taught dial-up back in the 80s, back then I would never have imagined this speed. Back then a T-1 at 1.544 Mb/s was blistering speed.

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Cisco DPC3000
by cptjack123 / January 12, 2011 11:36 PM PST
In reply to: Some facts . . .

Where did you buy the Cisco DPC3000 and how much?

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