Most Popular Motorola DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem vs Arris Surfboard

The latest cable modem products introduced by Motorola are Motorola MB8600 and Motorola MB8611 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem and Motorola MG8702 cable modem gateway. How good Motorola cable modems are compared with Arris Surfboard sb8200, Arris Surfboard S33 and SBG8300?

Motorola vs Arris Surfboard

Both Motorola and Arris introduces two types of DOCSIS 3.1 devices, the native cable modem and the gateway model.

Motorola DOCSIS 3.1

There are two types DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem products offered by Motorola, the Motorola MB8600 and MB8611 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem and the gateway model Motorola MG8702.  The Motorola mg8702 is all-in-one wireless dual band router with built-in DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem in one compact device.

What is the difference between Motorola mb8600 and mb8611?

Motorola MB8600 vs MB8611

Both Motorola MB8600 and the latest one is MB8611 are DOCSIS 3.1 cable modems with 2×2 downstream / upstream OFDM, compliant to 32×8 Channel bonding DOCSIS 3.0. Technically, these two modems can support downstream internet up to 4.8Gbps from your cable provider. However, the maximum that can be supported depends on your cable modem.

Motorola MB8611 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem
Motorola MB8611 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem

Table 1 Motorola Mb8600 vs MB8611

Cable modemMotorola MB8600Motorola MB8611
DOCSIS download speedUp to 1,0Gbps internet planUp to 2.5Gbps
Ethernet Ports1x 1Gbps Ethernet Port1×2.5 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) LAN port (supports 10/100/1000/2500 Mbps)
Internet Plan up to1,000Mbps2,500Mbps
Dimension7.8 in x 2.5 in x 7.25 in (200 mm x 57 mm x 184 mm)7.25 in x 2.25 in x 7.88 in (184.1 x 57.1 x 200,1) mm
Weight1.15 lb (523 grams)1.1 lb / 498.9 grams
Price$129.99$169.99

If you compare with the latest two products offered by Arris, you can find that Motorola mb8600 is comparable with Arris Surfboard sb8200, and the Motorola mb8611 is comparable with Arris Surfboard s33.

See also Netgear cm2000 vs Motorola mb8611

Let’s see what Arris offers to the market recently.

Arris DOCSIS 3.1

On the other hand Arris released three models of DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem; the Surfboard SB8200 and Surfboard S33 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem. And the gateway model offered by Arris is Surfboard SBG8300; it is a simultaneous dual band AC2350 wifi 5 wave 2 with built-in DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem.

Surfboard DOCSIS 3.1

There two series of DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem model offered by Arris; the Surfboard Sb8200 and the latest one is Surfboard S33. What are the main differences between these two models? Take a look at the following spec comparison table 1 to help you understand the differences.

Arris Surfboard S33 docsis 3.1 cable modem
Arris Surfboard S33 docsis 3.1 cable modem

Both of the two models support multi network, two separate network you can create when you subscribe two separate cable internet services. The Arris Surfboard S33 comes with 1x 1Gigabit Ethernet and 1×2.5Gbps Ethernet ports, while the sb8200 comes with 2x 1Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Table 2 Surfboard DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem

ModelSurfboard SB8200Surfboard S33
Cable technologyDOCSIS 3.1DOCSIS 3.1
Downstream / upstream channels2×2 Downstream / Upstream OFDM DOCSIS 3.1 channels Compatible with 32×8 DOCSIS 3.02×2 Downstream / Upstream OFDM DOCSIS 3.1 channels; Compatible with 32×8 DOCSIS 3.0
DOCSIS download speedUp to 2 Gbps downloadUp to 3.5 Gbps download
Ethernet Ports2x 1Gigabit Ethernet Ports1x 2.5Gbps Ethernet Port 1x 1Gigabit Ethernet Port
Multi network supportYesYes
Dimension5.13 x 1.7 x 5.25 in (130.1 x 43.2 x 133.3) mm5.14 x 1.8 x 4.74 in (130.55 x 45.7 x 120.4) mm
Weight1.59 pounds / 712 grams0.9lb / 408.2 Grams
Price$149.99$199.99

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How those products are compared to help you choose which one is suitable to meet your business needs?

Motorola vs Surfboard DOCSIS 3.1

WWe see that both Motorola and Arris offers three models of devices based on DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem and available in the market. let’s see how they are compared.

Motorola MB8600 vs Arris SB8200

Both Motorola mb8600 and Arris sb8200 are DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem you can use for internet plan up to 1Gbps from your cable provider. The main difference between them is sb8200 comes with 2x 1Gbps Ethernet ports but mb8600 only one. Should like to create two separate private networks, sb8200 is ideal to support your business need.

Table 3 Motorola mb8600 vs Arris sb8200

Cable modemMotorola MB8600Arris Surfboard SB8200
Cable technologyDOCSIS 3.1DOCSIS 3.1
Downstream / upstream channels2×2 Downstream / Upstream OFDM DOCSIS 3.1 channels; Compatible with 32×8 DOCSIS 3.02×2 Downstream / Upstream OFDM DOCSIS 3.1 channels Compatible with 32×8 DOCSIS 3.0
DOCSIS download speedUp to 1GbpsUp to 2 Gbps download
Ethernet Ports1x 1.0 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) LAN port (supports 10/100/1000/2500 Mbps)2x 1Gigabit Ethernet Ports
Multi network supportNoYes
Dimension7.8 in x 2.5 in x 7.25 in (200 mm x 57 mm x 184 mm)5.13 x 1.7 x 5.25 in (130.1 x 43.2 x 133.3) mm
Weight1.15 lb (523 grams)1.59 pounds / 712 grams
Price$129.99$149.99

The price difference is around $20, Motorola is cheaper than Arris.

Motorola MB8611 vs Arris Surfboard S33

If you already have wifi-6 routers or mesh wifi-6 systems that already have 2.5Gbps WAN port, while currently your cable modem is still equipped with 1xGbps Ethernet port you need to replace it with the one that comes with 2.5Gbps Ethernet port. This will deliver maximum data rate throughput between modem and the router only if you subscribe up to 2Gbps Internet plan.  

Which one is suitable to meet your homes need, Motorola MB8611 or Surfboard S33? If you only need to build one single network, Motorola mb8611 is appropriate. However, with Surfboard s33 you can create two separate internet network in homes.

Motorola mg8702 gateway
Motorola mg8702 gateway

Table 4 below shows you spec comparison table between MB8611 and S33 cable modem.

Table 4 Motorola vs Surfboard DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem

Cable modemMotorola MB8611Arris Surfboard S33
Cable technologyDOCSIS 3.1DOCSIS 3.1
Downstream / upstream channels2×2 Downstream / Upstream OFDM DOCSIS 3.1 channels; Compatible with 32×8 DOCSIS 3.02×2 Downstream / Upstream OFDM DOCSIS 3.1 channels; Compatible with 32×8 DOCSIS 3.0
DOCSIS download speedUp to 2.5GbpsUp to 3.5 Gbps download
Ethernet Ports1×2.5 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) LAN port (supports 10/100/1000/2500 Mbps)1x 2.5Gbps Ethernet Port 1x 1Gigabit Ethernet Port
Multi network supportNoYes
Dimension7.25 x 2.25 x 7.88 in (184.1 x 57.1 x 200,1) mm5.14 x 1.8 x 4.74 in (130.55 x 45.7 x 120.4) mm
Weight1.1 lb / 498.9 grams0.9lb / 408.2 Grams
Price$169.99$199.99

See here that the only main difference is the inclusion of another 1xGigabit Ethernet port in addition of 2.5Gbps one. Since the price difference is not too much, Surfboard s33 is ideal to choose in case you need separate network for experiment or other technical tasks. Read more details for further discussion in Amazon (#ads).

Motorola vs Surfboard Gateway

For folks that prefer all-in-one model of cable modem gateway, it is a wifi router that comes with built-in DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem they may consider one of these DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem with wifi products.

Use table 5 below to help you select which one is suitable to meet your home need.

Tble Motorola vs Surfboard Gable Modem Gateway

Cable Gateway modelMotorola MG8702Arris Surfboard SBG8300
Built-in Cable modem2×2 OFDM DOCSIS 3.1 up to 3.7Gbps downstream / 800Mbps upstream 32x 8 DOCSIS 3.0 compatible2×2 OFDM DOCSIS 3.1 up to 4Gbps downstream / 800Mbps upstream 32x 8 DOCSIS 3.0 compatible
Wifi technologySimultaneous dual band AC3200 wave 2Simultaneous dual band AC2350 Wave 2
Wifi speedsUp to 2167Mbps @5GHz 4×4 MU-MIMO Up to 1,000Mbps @2.4GHz 4×4 MU-MIMOUp to 1733Mbps @5GHz 4×4 MIMO; Up to 600Mbps @.4GHz 3×3 MIMO
SSIDs4x SSIDs / 2x each bandPrimary, secondary and guest SSIDs
Antennas4x dual band internal antennas3×3 and 4×4 MIMO antenna arrays
Ethernet Ports4x 1Gigabit LAN Ports  with Auto-MDI/MDIX4 x 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector) MDI /MDI-X
USB Port1x USB 3.0 with DLNAN/A
Dimension9.5 x 2.8 x 8.8 in (241 x 225 x 71) mm2.87 x 8.0 x 9.33 in (72.9 x 71.1 x 236.9) mm
Weight30.43 ounces / 862 grams1.94 lbs / 0.88 kg
Works with AlexaYesYes
Price in Amazon (Jul 2021)$249.99$280.44

Motorola MG8702 offers more advantages over Surfboard sbg8300 considering mg8702 is designed with higher speed AC3200 wifi and the inclusion of 1x USB 3.0 for USB disk storage. Moreover Motorola mg8702 is tagged with lower price, not too much actually.

Arris Surfboard sbg8300
Arris Surfboard sbg8300

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