Best Cable Modem for Mediacom – The top sport in our tests went to Netgear CM1000. The small and compact device is quite powerful and gives uniform download speeds for hours. Using the Ethernet port, you could hook it up to a Wi-Fi router and enjoy impeccable coverage through your home/office.
The second place went to the Arris SurfBoard SBG7580AC. It supports 801.11 AC speeds. The built-in firewall can be enabled to make your network more secure. This is a vital feature since cybercrime is on the rise, and you need more advanced protection than your antivirus alone can offer.
But when I took it home to conduct my real-world speed tests, things were a lot different. At several points during my tests, where I move from room to room running speed tests from various spots around my house, my speeds would plummet, forcing me to disconnect and then reconnect in order to get my speeds back up where they should be. It wasn’t an issue with my network — it was the Nighthawk router getting confused by a non-stationary client device.
Basically, the Nighthawk mesh router is brawny enough to hit impressive top speeds, but not brainy enough to maintain a steady connection as you move throughout your home. Other mesh routers I’ve tested have all done a much better job of optimizing my speeds — and other surprisingly affordable Wi-Fi 6 mesh routers are coming soon, so you’ve got alternatives worth waiting for. All of that makes Netgear’s mesh entry to the Nighthawk brand a tough system for me to recommend.
2.ARRIS Surfboard SBG7580AC
Although the ARRIS SURFboard SBG7580-AC is sold as a modem, it’s really three different products in one. First, you’ve got a blazing fast modem rated at 1.7 Gigabits. Next, you’ve got the blazing fast 1300 Mbps dual band wireless router.
Finally, a Gigabit Ethernet switch for any computers that you want to hard-wire into your network. This is certainly a large modem, much more so than the compact models that are often provided by your cable provider. Let’s go in-depth and see how this modem performs.
Compatible with cable internet plans up to 150Mbps** Compatible with major cable ISPs, including XFINITY from Comcast, Cox Communications, Spectrum and more. 300Mbps wireless speeds provides a ultra-wireless experience
Channel bonding of up to 8 downstream channels and 4 upstream channels provide data rates up to 343 Mbps for downstream, and 143 Mbps for upstream
4.ASUS Modem Router
Asus’ latest modem/router follows the same angular, black-on-black aesthetic of its predecessors. It combines a cross-hatched tactile pattern, faux-brushed-aluminium and matte black plastic that recalls a stealth fighter design, and is made to sit on a horizontal surface — there’s no wall mounting here.
It’s rated at 1,900Mbps — that is, a single 802.11AC stream capable of 1,300Mbps, combined with a 2.4GHz stream rated up to 600Mbps. As these things go, no single device will ever see these speeds, but it does place the DSL-AC68U, at least at the time of writing and on paper, in the top performance bracket for modem/routers. This means it’s quite pricey, coming in at around in Australia, and £199 in the UK.
Compatible with Xfinity from Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, CableONE & more. Three-in-one DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem + AC1750 WiFi Router+ 4 Gigabit Wired Switch. Up to 680Mbps modem speed and Dual-Band AC1750 (2.4GHz & 5GHz) WiFi speed. 16×4 channel bonding/ Approved for plans up to 300 Mbps
DOCSIS 3.0 unleashes 16x faster download speeds than DOCSIS 2.0. Ideal for streaming HD videos, faster downloads, and high-speed online gaming
The latest Archer C7 is a dual-band AC1750 router that uses a 720MHz CPU. It can reach speeds of up to 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1,300Mbps on the 5GHz band. Design-wise, the C7 hasn’t changed from the TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router we reviewed back in 2014. It uses the same glossy-black enclosure, which measures 9.6 by 6.4 by 1.3 inches.
The rear of the router is home to three removable, adjustable antennas, four Gigabit LAN ports, a Gigabit WAN port, and two USB 2.0 ports. Joining them are an On/Off button, a Reset/WPS switch, a Wi-Fi On/Off switch, and two USB activity LEDs. The front of the router has LED indicators for power, both radio bands, all four LAN ports, the WAN port, and WPS activity.
7.ARRIS SURFboard SBG7400AC2
The SURFboard SBG7400AC2 is a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, Wave 2 dual-band concurrent Wi-Fi access point, and 4-port Gigabit Ethernet router all wrapped up in one device. This modem/Wi-Fi router combo features ARRIS Secure Home Internet by McAfee, keeping all the devices on your network safe and secure from online threats like malware and phishing scams – and it’s free for 3 years!
With the easy-to-use mobile app, you can set parental control by user profile, receive instant alerts of suspicious activity, and manage your network no matter where you are. The SBG7400AC2 with McAfee will keep your network secure and provide the speeds you need for things like HD video streaming and online gaming
Best Cable Modem for Mediacom – Are you on Mediacom’s highest 1Gig (1000Mbps) plan? Despite it, is your 4K TV buffering all the time? The chances are that there’s an Internet outage issue, but if it’s not an outage, then it could be because of the outdated modem/router that isn’t able to handle that sort of speed.
It is now time for you to return the modem and router that came with your Mediacom subscription and get the one that’s suitable for your plan. Although it isn’t costly, you’ll end up spending around 8-9 months of the rental fee at once. However, the good thing is, you’ll own the equipment for the rest of your life.