Netgear C6300 Wireless AC Cable Modem Gateway

Netgear introduces new wireless AC1750 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem router combo Netgear C6300 delivering downstream internet speeds up to 680Mbps. How good does it compete with Surfboard SBG6782 or new comer TP-link Archer CR700 cable modem combo.

What this C6300 product does

Netgear C6300 is an all-in-one compact device, a wifi router with built-in cable modem. It is a single device to build a wifi network in home with cable broadband internet service. Typically you create wifi network that consists of cable modem such as Arris Surfboard SB6120 or probably you prefer upgrading to the newer version Arris Surfboard sb6183 / sb6190 plus a wifi router such as Asus AC66U.




 
Netgear with a big name in networking products has released Netgear C6300 wireless AC1750 cable modem gateway. Can it beat the popularity of Surfboard cable modem? Surfboard SBG6782 is one of Arris product in wireless AC cable modem router combo that has been around for a while in addition of native Surfboard cable modem series. Netgear C6300 will compete with Surfboard SBG6782, who will win the competition? You know that it is surprising that mostly all Surfboard cable modem series get the high customer rating and occupy best seller in several online stores in modem category. You can mention Surfboard SB6121 and SB6141 which become best seller #1 in Amazon for some times.

Main features

  • Built-in cable modem with DOCSIS 3.0 technology
  • Based on wireless ac1750 technology for high speed wifi technology
  • Comes with Netgear Genie
  • Includes one USB 2.0 port
  • Up to 16x channel bonding downstream and 4x upstream

 

Netgear C6300 cable gateway

Netgear C6300 AC Gateway

 

The popularity of a brand in certain product is built for long period of time. Motorola (which is now under Arris umbrella) is a brand name that has been attached firmly to the cable modem products. On the other hand Netgear is famous with wifi router products, so are Linksys and D-link.  So how is Netgear going to go with cable modem product? How is TP-link with its debut in Archer CR700 cable modem gateway going to go?

Comparison Netgear C6300 Vs Surfboard SBG6782

Have a look at the following comparison table between the two wireless ac cable modem gateway.

Wifi Speeds

At a glance you can see that the wifi speeds are the same – the wireless ac1750 delivering the speeds of up to 1300Mbps in 5GHz band and up to 450Mbps in 2.4GHz band. Both routers support simultaneous dual band to let you host all of your mobile devices that work either in 2.4GHz or 5GHz band together, increasing the total bandwidth of your wifi network.

Some people ask if there have been already some high speed wifi adapters to upgrade the computers to boost the speeds? Currently there are already various models of wifi adapters that support wireless ac router such as Netgear A6200 which is based on wireless ac1200 or the lower version is A6100 which is based on wireless ac600, and the one from D-link is DWA192 which is based on AC1900 with beamforming support.

Typically new Netgear routers come with beamforming antenna technology, but this model doesn’t. On the other hand, SBG6782 comes with beamforming antenna arrays (3×3 each band) technology for solid wifi connection following to the clients while they are roaming within the home.

Channel bonding

There is major difference on the downstream internet speed which gives Netgear two times faster speed than the Surfboard. It is very suitable for internet providers that deliver premium services to its customers a wider bandwidth for delivering voice, data and other multimedia services. Up to 16x channel bonding downstream speed is the fastest speed in its class.

USB port

Another advantage of having USB port allows you share your disk storage attached to the modem gateway and is accessible wirelessly across the network. So far Motorola (Arris) doesn’t embed any USB port to their cable modem for sharing USB devices such as storage or printer. And the good thing is that this modem is DLNA certified for seamless connection and play your contents with other DLNA compliant devices.  You may also like routers with USB port.

 

Surfboard sbg6872 wireless ac gateway

Surfboard SBG6872 AC Gateway

 

Guest network

Should you require multiple network segmentation more than two networks, Surfboard can help you to create up to 8 SSIDs each band with different passwords, too many I think for small network in homes. If two-network is enough for your home environment you can do that with C6300.

Not many people want to bother making several different network segments at home with different security levels, and many people do not heed the restrictions on access to their home network. Indeed, for most people security becomes the last thing they will consider into their network system, so guest network is enough.

Comparison table Netgear C6300 Vs Surfboard SBG6782

Netgear C6300 Surfboard SBG6782
Wifi technology Wireless ac1750 Wireless ac1750
Wifi speeds 450 Mbps (2.4GHz) + 1300 Mbps (5GHz) 450 Mbps (2.4GHz) + 1300 Mbps (5GHz)
Antennas Internal antenna array 3×3 internal antenna array with Beamforming each band

 

Internet speeds 16 x channel bonding downstream (up to 680Mbps)  & 4 upload channels simultaneously 8x channel bonding downstream (up to 340Mbps) and 4 channel upstream
DOCSIS 3.0 Yes Yes
Ethernet Ports 4x Gigabit LAN ports 4x Gigabit LAN ports
USB Port 1x USB 2.0 port N/A
SSIDs Guest network without private network access Up to 8x SSIDs each band
Hardware performance Memory-128 MB flash and 256 MB RAM – powered by high-performance Intel® Puma™ 6 processor

 

RAM 128MB DDR3
Flash 32 MB
IPV6 ready Yes Yes
Price Around $190.00 Around $150.00

TP-link Archer CR700

Another cable router combo you may also consider is the new comer by TP-link – Archer CR700. This product is nearly the same as Netgear C6300 regarding the features including speeds, and some other features. Have a look at the following comparison table that compares C6300 and TP-link Archer CR700.

You can see that the channel bonding numbers are the same either for downstream and upstream. TP-link come with one more USB port, beneficial feature to let you share both storage and printer at the same time.

Table 2 Netgear C6300 Vs TP-link Archer CR700

Netgear C6300 TP-link Archer CR700
Wifi technology Wireless ac1750 Wireless ac1750
Wifi speeds 450 Mbps (2.4GHz) + 1300 Mbps (5GHz) 450 Mbps (2.4GHz) + 1300 Mbps (5GHz)
Antennas Internal antenna array 6x internal antenna with beamforming technology with high power amplifiers

 

Internet speeds 16 x channel bonding downstream (up to 680Mbps)  & 4 upload channels simultaneously 16x channel bonding downstream (up to 680Mbps) and 4 channel upstream
DOCSIS 3.0 Yes Yes
Ethernet Ports 4x Gigabit LAN ports 4x Gigabit LAN ports
USB Port 1x USB 2.0 port 2x USB 2.0 ports
SSIDs Guest network without private network access 2.4GHz guest network x1

5GHz guest network x1

Hardware performance Memory-128 MB flash and 256 MB RAM – powered by high-performance Intel® Puma 6 processor

 

RAM 256MB DDR3
Flash 16 MB; powered by dual core processor
IPV6 ready Yes Yes
Price $190.00  $174.00

What next?

Summary

Based on the manufacturer’s specs, Netgear C6300 comes with richer features compared with Surfboard SBG6782 including 2x downstream bandwidth, more flash memory and the USB port inclusion.

Should you upgrade your aging cable modem gateway, you may consider new Surfboard SBG7580AC that combines DOCSIS 3.0 32/8 channel bonding delivers internet download speed up to 1.4Gbps with wireless AC1750 router.

Both cable modems are all-in-one device, that means they become single point of failure. Should there a problem with the device no matter the modem part or the router part, you cannot separate them. You need to return it and or purchase a new one.

You may also consider upgrade your aging cable modem with new technology of DOCSIS 3.1, 10x faster than DOCSIS 3.0. Click here for Netgear CM1000 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem

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