Asus CM-Ax6000 Cable Modem Router Combo vs Netgear
Asus introduces CM-Ax6000 wifi-6 router with built-in DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem. How does it compare with Netgear cax80 and Motorola mg8702.
Asus has released various models of wifi-6 routers ranging from ax1500 network segment, couple of models of Asus ax6000 router including Asus rt-ax88u and Asus rt-ax89u, to the highest speed in the ax11000 network segment which is represented by two flagship products: the Asus rog rapture gt-ax11000 and the last one is Asus rog rapture gt-axe11000 gaming router. The last two products look the same, they don’t.
The Asus gt-ax11000 is three simultaneous radio bands, one 2.4GHz band and two 5GHz radio bands. In contrast with gt-ax11000, the new Asus rog rapture gt-axe11000 is simultaneous three distinct radio bands with the addition of latency free 6GHz radio band.
Today, you can find another series of ax6000 product offered by Asus – the Asus Cm-ax6000 cable modem router combo.
Cable Modem Router Combo
For most people who don’t want to be complicated with the deployment of wifi network at home, the all-in-one cable modem router combo option is a must. With the integration of latest wifi-6 router and a cable modem, so that there is only one device replacing the cable modem and wifi router. Its competing vendor with similar product is Netgear with its Nighthawk cax80 product, while lower budget you may consider Motorola Mg8702.
This Asus cable modem router combo combines dual band wifi6 ax6000 router with DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem, faster version of previous DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem. Should you require internet speed up to 1Gbps from your Internet provider, assure that you invest DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem.
Which ISPs support DOCSIS.3.1 cable infrastructure? You need to advice your ISP if it supports Docsis 3.1 and you can find that Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, Cable One, and Mediacom support docsis 3.1 cable infrastructure.
Asus designed this product by applying wifi-6 technology at the ax6000 network segment, a network segment that was widely applied by several vendors on their debut in wifi-6 router products such as the Asus rt-ax88u, Netgear rax80, and Archer ax6000.
The question is, are there many wifi-6 adapters on the market? Asus has released the Asus pce-ax58t and pce-ax3000, while TP-link has also released the Archer tx3000e adapters. Both are dual band adapters with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio bands. It should be noted that today Wi-Fi 6e technology has emerged which uses an additional 6GHz band in addition to the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands such as Asus Rog Rapture gt-axe11000 and Netgear axe11000.
Therefore, instead of investing dual band wifi-6 pcie adapter, it’s more advantage of investing wifi-6e adapters that can support either wifi-6 routers or wifi 6e adapters. See also few models of wifi 6e pcie adapters.
Asus cm-ax6000 cable modem router combo is ideal all-in-one product for small to medium sized homes with high speed cable internet and wifi-6 network.
- Wifi-6 cable modem gateway, simultaneous dual band ax6000 wifi-6 router with built-in DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem
- Wifi speed up to 4.8Gbps @5GHz 4×4 and up to 1.2Gbps @2.4GHz 4×4
- CableLabs, Comcast and Charter certified
- 4×4 dual band ax6000 up to 160MHz channel and 1025-QAM support
- Comes with 4x Gigabit LAN ports for wired Ethernet-based devices
- Stylist model with fan-less cooling system for noiseless room
- No USB port for storage
- Doesn’t support Asus AiMesh technology for whole home mesh system
This product is tagged with the price around $399.99 in Amazon. Click the following product link to shop the product in Amazon (#ads).
How does this Asus cm-ax6000 cable modem router combo compete with Netgear Nighthak cax80 and Motorola MG8702? See also Orbi cbr750 vs Surfboard sbg8300.
Asus Cm-ax6000 vs Nighthawk cax80 vs Motorola
Competitor product in this class is Netgear Nighthawk cax80 which is offered at almost the same price. For other product with cheaper budget you may consider lower model offered by Motorola. Please refer to the following two comparison tables below.
All the three products here are integrated with the same DOCIS 3.1 cable modem, while the wifi technology is different. Both Asus cm-ax6000 and Nighthawk Cax80 are designed with the same wifi-6 ax6000, but Motorola with lower budget is designed with AC3200 wifi5 technology.
Read more detail table 1 below that represents spec comparison table between Asus cm-ax6000 and Nighthawk cax80.
See hat Cax80 comes with 2.5Gbps LAN port in addition of 4xGigabit LAN port, and 1x USB port. Motorola also comes with 4xGigabit LAN and USB port.
Table 1 Asus cm-ax6000 vs Netgear
|Gateway Model||Asus CM-ax6000||Netgear Nighthawk CAX80|
|Wifi router technology||Simultaneous dual band ax6000 with 8-streams 4×4||Simultaneous dual band ax6000 wifi 6 technology with 8-streams|
|Wifi speeds||Up to 4.8Gbps @5GHz 4×4 MU-MIMO Up to 1,2Gbps @2.4GHz 4×4 MU-MIMO||2.4GHz AX: 4×4 (Tx/Rx) 1024 QAM 40MHz, up to 1.2Gbps 5GHz AX: 4×4 (Tx/Rx) 1024 QAM 160MHz, up to 4.8Gbps|
|Ethernet Ports||4x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports||Four (4) Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports Dual Gigabit Ethernet Port Aggregation One (1) 2.5Gbps Ethernet Port|
|USB ports||N/A||1x USB 3.0 for storage|
|Built-in Cable modem||DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem (32×8)||DOCSIS 3.1 with OFDM 2×2+ 32×8 channel bonding|
|Price (Apr 2021 in Amazon)||$399.99||$429.99|
Table 2 below shows spec comparison table between Asus cm-ax6000 and Motorola mg8702. The main difference between the two models is the wifi technology applied to each of the model, ax6000 wifi-6 vs ac3200 wifi-5.
Table 2 Asus CM-ax6000 vs Motorola
|Gateway Model||Asus CM-ax6000||Motorola MG8702|
|Wifi router technology||Simultaneous dual band ax6000 with 8-streams 4×4||Simultaneous dual band ac3200 with 4×4 MU-MIMO|
|Wifi speeds||Up to 4.8Gbps @5GHz 4×4 MU-MIMO Up to 1,2Gbps @2.4GHz 4×4 MU-MIMO||1,000Mbps @2.4GHz with 1024-QAM 4×4 2,200Mbps @5GHz 11ac 4×4|
|Ethernet Ports||4x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports||4x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports|
|USB ports||N/A||USB 3.0 Port with DLNA|
|Built-in Cable modem||DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem (32×8)||2×2 OFDM DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem 3.7Gbps downstream / 800Mbps upstream and compatible with DOCSIS 3.0; 2.0|
|Price (Apr 2021 in Amazon)||$399.99||$269.99|
Now you need to decide which one is suitable to meet your home need, Asus without USB port. Or you may like Netgear cax80 with 2.5Gbps Ethernet port and USB port, or Motorola with wifi-5 ac3200 with lower budget.
For mesh wifi system need, consider new comer Mercku M6 ax1800 mesh wifi system, a stylist mesh wifi product with three color option, white, black and red.