Best Seller Surfboard SB6141 Docsis 3 Cable Modem
Surfboard SB6141 is DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem used to be under Motorola, it is now under Arris umbrella. What does it do?
Motorola is very well known in Cable modem devices, and mostly its cable modem products are rated above 4.0 out of 5 star customer ratings averagely. You can mention Surfboard SB6120 and SB6121 that have been widely used by majority of Cable subscribers and are supported by most Cable operators. Motorola Cable modem products are now under Arris umbrella. With the successful achievement for Surfboard SB6120/6121, how SB6141 perform?
What this product does
It is a native cable modem; it does the same function as the previous version SB6120 – interface device installed in home premises from local Cable operator. You can connect directly to a single computer with NIC adapter or typically it is connected to a wireless router to create home wireless network.
Since it is a native modem, you must connect it to the wireless router for sharing the internet with many computers within the network. Do not connect it to a wireless access point unless you will only connect one computer at a time. Native modem doesn’t have NAT feature for sharing the internet. Motorola cable modem that includes NAT feature is SBG6580. Surfboard SBG6580 includes the NAT feature and is integrated with wireless N router – all-in-one device for your home wifi network.
- Native cable modem with DOCSIS 3.0 technology
- Can be compatible with most major Cable operators such as Comcast/Xfinity, Cox, Charter, Time Warner, Mediacom, Bright House
- Up to eight channel bonding for downstream (300Mbps) and up to four channel bonding upstream (100Mbps)
- Gigabit Ethernet port and optional USB port
- AES encryption
- IPv4 and IPv6 ready
With the above features, this modem is ideal for connecting to any types of high performance router, ideal for streaming video, online gaming and voice. You can connect new types of wireless ac1900 such as Netgear R7000 night hawk or Asus RT-AC68U
SB6141 Vs SB6120
Both SB6120 and 6141 are native DOCSIS 3.0 cable modems. The main difference between the two modems is the downstream speed. The downstream speed for SB6120 is up to four channel bonding which is equivalent up to 100Mbps, and upstream speed is the same. On the other hand, Surfboard SB6141 enable downstream speed up to eight channel bonding which is equivalent up to 343Mbps, and the upstream speed is up to four channel bonding (up to 131Mbps). In addition SB6141 is able to provision and manage IP multicast.
You might also need to consider new Surfboard SB6183 which downstream speeds is up to 680Mbps (16 channel bonding) which is twice as fast as the speeds of SB6141.
Note: TP-link has released a new DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem with 8 channel bonding downstream and 4 channel bonding upstream. Compared with SB6141, TP-link is almost having the same features with Gigabit Ethernet port, however TP-link offers cheaper price compared with Surfboard SB6141.
Note: Arris releases a new Surfboard SB6183 which is designed with 16/4 channel bonding delivering speeds of up to 680Mbps downstream.
The Internet speed delivered by the provider to the customer’s premises sometimes slower than Broadband modem technology installed. Cable modem technology can now provide download speeds exceeding the speeds that can be provided by the cable provider. Surfboard SB6183 can provide download speeds of up to 600Mbps much faster than (almost twice) the speeds of SB6141. The price offered by the SB6183 is less than $ 100 while the price of SB6141 is about $ 75. With the price difference of about $ 25 to get the speeds twice faster than SB6141, it will change your mind to choose SB6183 should you upgrade your aging device.
- DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Lab certified
- 16x channel bonding downstream and 4x channel bonding upstream
- Download speeds of up to 600Mbps, upstream up to 100Mbps
- RF Immunity protecting against service interference
- Gigabit Ethernet ports
- Comes with MoCA reject filter
See also comparison between many different DOCSIS 3 cable modems regarding channel bonding capability.
Linksys DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem
Similar product offered by Linksys is DPC3008-CC which is also enable downstream speeds of up to 340Mbps, upload speeds up to 120Mbps. Currently this modem is specifically designed for Comcast, but it might work with other providers – have a chat with your operators.
Surfboard SB6141 comes with Gigabit Ethernet port, ideal in connecting to any types of new generations of wireless routers with Gigabit WAN port. Mostly wireless routers that are designed for multimedia come with Gigabit interfaces both LAN and WAN ports such as Netgear 4500 wireless N900 router or the recent wireless ac routers.