Best Motorola Router

Best Motorola Router – Many factors can contribute to underperforming home internet service, but a major one is the equipment one uses. Most ISPs (internet service providers) will rent a modem to residential customers, but these tend to be bare-bones models that are slower or less reliable.

Purchasing your own modem (and/or router) not only can help deliver the kind of internet connection you desire, but usually does so with a long-term savings.

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1.Motorola MG7700

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If it’s time to upgrade your modem and your router, the Motorola MG7700 is likely the right one for you if you’re a customer of Comcast Xfinity, Cox or Spectrum and don’t pay extra for a superfast plan. Your cable company (or even your bill from them) will be able to tell you what speed connection you have, but as a rough guide if you’re on a basic plan, it almost certainly won’t be a what’s known as a 1 gigabit connection, (and if it is, we’ve got picks for you below).

One of the best features of the Motorola MG7700 we like most has nothing to do with its technical prowess: It’s not terribly ugly. In order to get the best range from its wireless signal, you don’t want to hide the modem/router behind furniture or in a closet.

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2.NETGEAR C6220

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The plus of the Netgear C6220 AC1200: it’s affordable! The negative (other than the name, come on companies, pull yourselves together): modest performance. And it’s sorta ugly (tastes vary of course, but we bet you agree with us).

For this model, you’ll want to make sure you don’t have a faster connection than this modem can handle. Who is this model aimed at? Folks who rent their modems from their cable companies, don’t have super-big homes, don’t have a really high-speed connection (no more than a 200Mbps connection, which your cable company will be able to tell you if you have), and don’t have a lot of additional devices to hook up.

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3.NETGEAR Nighthawk Cable Modem

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These capabilities are reflected in the higher price tag, and our reviewer said in fact, it is ‘overkill for the average user’s internet needs’, so it really comes down to whether your a gamer, or stream to a lot of different TVs in the house at the same time.

If you are a power user, then our tester was ‘pleasantly surprised by how well it performed considering it’s an all-in-one.’ They tested this modem in a 2,500 square foot home, and we got reliable performance in every corner, only running into slowdowns on the farthest side of the house. However, they did say the performance via a an ethernet cable ‘wasn’t quite as good’.

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4.ARRIS SURFboard SBG7600AC2

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The SBG7600AC2 is a very good modem/router with a terrible name. What you should know:

It’ll handle a really fast connection (1.4 gigabit, which is almost certainly faster than you have), has four fast Ethernet ports for plugging in TVs and games consoles via a cable, and it’s a bit nerdy looking.

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5.NETGEAR AX6000

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Let’s cut to the chase: The Nighthawk CAX80 has a lot of features with a lot of letters that really does (not literally) spell out “FUTURE PROOF.” But it’s expensive.

If you have a very, very fast internet connection and think you’ll be able to upgrade to an even faster connection sooner than later, we say grab the CAX80. This is also a great gaming router as the on-board Ethernet, which lets you hook up your Xbox or Playstation via a cable rather than Wi-Fi, is much faster than the Ethernet you’re probably used to. You have to check off a lot of boxes to get the most from this modem/router, but if that’s you, you just met your future connection to the internet.

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6.NETGEAR Orbi

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The Orbi CBK752 is different from the other products on this page because it is a different product. Sure, it’s the same modem/router combo, but rather than being one unit, it’s two to ensure your home is covered with a strong Wi-Fi signal—and if you have a really large home you can add more to get virtually unlimited coverage.

Instead of having strong and weak sections of your home, the Orbi units talk to one another to make sure the signal is strong everywhere. Or that’s the idea, anyway. Thanks to friendly software, configuration is really quite easy.

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7.ARRIS SURFboard SBG8300

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On this list we have two Arris modem/routers. We hesitate to bring up any of the complex technical differences between them, but one Arris product is for slower connections and one (this one, the SBG8300), is for faster connections.

You’ll know if you have a faster connection because 1) you pay more each month 2) you likely had to ask to upgrade to the faster connection. So, yes the faster Arris model costs more, but you are already paying for the connection, so you need the faster modem/router to take advantage of what you are already paying for.

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Best Motorola Router – While many manufacturers make modems, Motorola is a brand with a long track record, and that familiar name gives it broad appeal.

When choosing a Motorola modem, you should first ensure that the model is compatible with your ISP. After that, let the features you desire or expect to use guide you to a comfortable decision.

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