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Netgear Cax30 vs Motorola MG8702 DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem Which One Gives You Best Value

Netgear Cax30 is a wifi 6 router product with a built-in Docsis 3.1 cable modem in one compact device. So far its competitors Arris and Motorola have not released a gateway product based on wifi-6 technology, however their latest wifi-5 based products are popular in the market such as Arris Sbg8300 and Motorola mg8702.

Which one can give you the best added value between netgear cax30 and Motorola mg8702?

Netgear Nighthawk Cax30

Previously, netgear had released the netgear nighthawk cax80 in addition to the mesh gateway version with its product Orbi cbk752 ax4200 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem. Netgear always strives to be in the forefront with new technology-based products including modem gateway products with wifi-6 technology where its competitors such as Arris and Motorola have not released similar products.

Netgear cax30 vs cax80

Unlike Orbi cbk752 which is a mesh gateway with wifi-6 router, both cax80 and cax30 series are wifi-6 routers with cable modem, not mesh routers. What is the difference between cax30 and cax80? Please refer to table 1 below which provides a spec comparison between the two gateway series.

Netgear cax30 wifi 6 ax2700 cable modem gateway
Netgear cax30 wifi 6 ax2700 cable modem gateway

Different wifi 6 Network Segment

Both are gateway products based on wifi 6 routers, both of which have built-in DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem but have different wifi network segment design. For the needs of a small to medium size home wifi network and for those of you who need a single device product, the Cax30 netgear is sufficient.

For those of you who need a wifi network with a wider range of around 3000 sq. ft then you can choose cax80 series, of course with faster network performance with ax6000. Both support mu-mimo with different number of concurrent streams.

Hardware

Although the nighthawk cax80 is designed for higher network segment (ax6000), both of these product series use the same processor in their machine board, embedded with dual core 1.5ghz CPU. Probably we might expect the cax80 series to be equipped with a quad core processor.

Besides that, on the cax80 there is an additional 2.5Gbps super multi Gig Ethernet port that you can use to connect to high speed NAS that comes with 2.5Gbps port as well such as the Asustor Lockerstor 2 AS6602T – 2 Bay NAS.

Table 1 Netgear cax30 vs cax80

Gateway modelsNetgear cax30Netgear cax80
Cable modem certifiedDOCSIS 3.1 cable modem / compatible with 32×8 DOCSIS 3.0DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem / compatible with 32×8 DOCSIS 3.0
Internet speed  Max1Gbps1Gbps
Wifi technologySimultaneous dual band ax2700 wifi -6 with smart connect with 6-streamsSimultaneous dual band ax6000 wifi -6 with smart connect with 8-streams
Signal rate0.9Gbps @2.4GHz 3×3 1.8Gbps @5GHz 3×31.2Gbps @2.4GHz 4×4; 4.8Gbps @5GHz 4×4
Coverage2,500 sq ft up to 25 connected devices3,000 sq ft
Ethernet Ports4x Gigabit Ethernet Ports, dual gigabit aggregation4x Gigabit Ethernet Ports, dual gigabit aggregation 1x 2.5Gbps Ethernet Port
USB port1x USB 3.0 port1x USB 3.0 port
Processor1.5GHz dual core processor1.5GHz dual core processor
Dimension10.0 in x 8.3 in x 4.3 in ( 254 mm x 211 mm x 110 mm)10.4 in x 8.5 in x 4.3 in (264 mm x 215 mm x 110 mm)
Weight2.10 lb / 0.95 kg2.55 lb / 1.16 kg
MSRP$329.99$429.99

The price different between the two series is quite a lot around $100 with different network segment.

We’ll take netgear cax30 to compare with latest product offered by Motorola which is still based in wifi5 technology – the Motorola mg8702.

Netgear Cax30 vs Motorola MG8702

In all likelihood netgear with its cax80 is too far apart from its two competitors from Arris and Motorola which so far have not released a gateway based on wifi6 technology and of course the price difference will be too much. For this reason, Netgear released Nighthawk cax30 which works on the medium network segment with the hope of being able to compete with Arris product with its Surfboard sbg8300 and Motorola mg8702. See also Arris sbg8300 vs netgear c7800.

Motorola Mg8702
Motorola Mg8702

This time we compare Netgear Cax30 with Motorola mg8702 and the following table 2 can be used as reference for spec comparison between the two products.

Network segment

Both products are single wifi router devices with built-in Docsis 3.1 cable modem that can support internet plans up to 1Gbps from your cable provider. The main difference is the wifi technology applied to each product. Motorola mg8702 is still using legacy wifi-5 (wireless ac), while cax30 is already using the latest generation wifi-6 (wireless ax).

There are many questions which is more profitable between a router with wifi ac3200 and a router with ax2700. Regarding total aggregated bandwidth they are certainly different, moreover they are also different in terms of wifi technology applied.

If all your connected devices at home are still based on wifi-5, of course the choice of Motorola mg8702 is more profitable with a wider aggregate bandwidth. However, your gateway router cannot be maximized if some of your new devices are already based on wifi-6. You will find that wifi-5 devices connect faster to wifi-6 router than connect to the same wifi-5 router.

Take a look more details on the following spec comparison table below.

Table 2 Netgear cax30 vs Motorola mg8702

Gateway modelsNetgear cax30Motorola Mg8702
Cable modem certifiedDOCSIS 3.1 cable modem / compatible with 32×8 DOCSIS 3.0 2×2 OFDMA2×2 OFDM DOCSIS 3.1 up to 3.7Gbps downstream / 800Mbps upstream 32x 8 DOCSIS 3.0 compatible
Wifi technologySimultaneous dual band ax2700 wifi -6 with smart connect with 3×3 MU-MIMO1Simultaneous dual band AC3200 wave 2 with 4×4 MU-MIMO
Signal rate0.9Gbps @2.4GHz 3×3 1.8Gbps @5GHz 3×3Up to 2167Mbps @5GHz 4×4 Up to 1,000Mbps @2.4GHz 4×4
Internet planUp to 1GbpsUp to 1Gbps
Ethernet Ports4x Gigabit Ethernet Ports, dual gigabit aggregation4x 1Gigabit LAN Ports  with Auto-MDI/MDIX
USB port1x USB 3.0 port1x USB 3.0 port with DLNA
Compliant withXfinity from Comcast, Spectrum, Cox & moreXfinity from Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum, Cox  & more
Processor1.5GHz dual core processorUnknown
Dimension10.0 in x 8.3 in x 4.3 in ( 254 mm x 211 mm x 110 mm)9.5 in x 2.8 in  x 8.8 in (241 mm x 225 mm x 71 mm)
Weight2.10 lb / 0.95 kg30.43 ounces / 862 grams
Price (Oct 2021 in Amazon)$329.99$268.99

In some retails shop you will find additional ‘s’ suffix on cax30 to cax30s means netgear cax30 plus free subscription of 90 days Netgear Armor, network threat protection powered by BitDefender.

See that the price difference between the two products is around $50. Now you will judge which one gives you best value between the two products. Netgear cax30 is ready with the latest wifi 6 technology and works at ax2700 network segment. Click the product link below to read more details in Amazon (#ads).

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You may also like to have insights of DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem products offered by Arris and Motorola, see also Motorola vs Arris docsis 3.1 cable modem products.

See also newer wifi 6e technology applied to Asus and Linksys products – Asus et8 vs Linksys Atlas mesh wifi 6e routers. See also middle network segment offered by netgear – Netgear mk83 vs deco x68 ax6600 mesh wifi 6 router.

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