Surfboard Sbg8300 vs X4s Cable Modem Wireless Router
Arris offered the fastest wireless Cable modem router – the Surfboard SBG8300 a tri-in-one product combining DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem, wifi router and 4-port Gigabit switch. How good it is compared with Netgear C7800 Nighthawk X4s?
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Surfboard Cable Model Wireless Routers
Before this sbg8300 series, Arris had released several series of cable modem wireless router products including two series of Surfboard Sbg7400 and Sbg7600. These three products are cable modems with different speeds but have similarities in wireless routers integrated into this wireless gateway product, namely wave 2 wifi AC2350 simultaneous dual band. Each delivers wifi speeds of up to 1733Mbps @5GHz and up to 600Mbps @2.4GHz band.
What the differences?
The main differences lie on the types of cable modem and speeds each of the Surfboard cable modem that is integrated into the wireless router. Take a look at the following table. Both Surfboard Sbg7400 and Sbg7600 are DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem, but the Surfboard Sbg8300 is DOCSIS 3.1 which the speed is 10 times faster than DOCSIS 3.0.
The second difference is the number of channel bonding for downstream internet speed. Sbg7600 is designed with 32x channel bonding with speed up to 1.23Gbps, a bit different with Sbg7400 which is only 24x channel bonding. Since DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem is backward compatible with any existing DOCSIS 3.0 infrastructure, investing Sbg8300 is worth for blasting speed of internet plan up to 4Gbps.
Table 1 Surfboard Sbg8300 vs Sbg7600 vs Sbg7400
|Surfboard sbg7400||Surfboard sbg7600||Surfboard sbg8300|
|Cable modem||DOCSIS 3.0||DOCSIS 3.0||DOCSIS 3.1|
|Channel bonding||24 x 8||32 x 8||2×2 OFDMA / 32 x 8 DOCSIS 3.0|
|Downstream Internet speed||1.0Gbps||1.23Gbps||4Gbps|
Who is the main competitor of this product? No other competing product from the Surfboard Sbg8300 but the Netgear C7800 (aka Nighthawk X4s) wireless cable modem router which has been released to the market a couple months before Arris released this product.
Arris Surfboard Sbg8300 vs Nighthawk X4s
Surfboard Sbg8300 is tagged with around $100 cheaper than Nighthawk X4s. Probably this is one of Arris’s strategies to attract the attention of customers who wish a similar product with more economical price despite there is couple of differences in technical specs.
So what are the basic differences between these two products? The following is the spec comparison table between the two products to help you easily seeing the main differences (if any).
The main similarity between the two products is the built-in cable modem which is the same DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem with technical speeds up to 10Gbps internet speed if your provider already uses the same DOCSIS 3.1 infrastructure. DOCSIS 3.1 can still interoperability with DOCSIS 3.0 infrastructure, so there’s no need to worry.
Although both products use the same simultaneous dual-band technology; but each of them is in different network segment. Surfboard Sbg8300 uses wave 2 AC2350 technology with total aggregated bandwidth up to 2,350Mbps while Nighthawk X4s uses wave 1 AC3200 technology with total aggregated bandwidth up to 3,200Mbps.
And one more physical difference is the existence of two USB 3.0 ports on the Nighthawk X4s (Netgear C7800) that is absent on the Surfboard Sbg8300. This USB port is typically used for sharing printer or hard disk storage. However, when you use Windows PC platform at home you can utilize printer and file sharing feature offered by Windows series as well as Mac platform.
Table 2 Surfboard Sbg8300 vs Nighthawk X4s
|Model||Surfboard SBG8300||Netgear Nighthawk X4s (C7800)|
|Cable modem||DOCSIS 3.1||DOCSIS 3.1|
|Cable speeds||10Gbps download speed (2×2) OFDM 32 x 8 Modem Channel , up to 1Gbps downstream||2×2 OFDM ready up to 9Gbps / 32×8 channel bonding speeds of up to 1Gbps internet downstream|
|Wifi technology||Dual band AC2350 wave 2||Dual band AC3200 wave 1|
|Wifi speeds||1,733Mbps @5GHZ 600Mbps @2.4GHz||2,200 Mbps @5GHz 1,000 Mbps @2.4GHz|
|Antenna||3×3 and 4×4 MIMO antenna arrays||Four (4) high performance active antennas|
|Ethernet ports||4 x 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet (RJ-45 connector) MDI /MDI-X||Four (4) Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports|
|USB ports||N/A||Two (2) USB 3.0 ports|
With few technical advantages on Nighthawk x4s cable modem wireless router, you can choose between product with better technical features and product with around $ 100 cheaper.
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