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Should I plug new modem up even though old one is still working?


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#1 fantasy09

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 01:42 PM

For the past three days my modem was acting odd.   The lights would come on and off no matter how long I unplugged my modem,and the internet wouldn't come up at all. I called my internet company and he said maybe it was time for a new modem. I brought one yesterday from their approved list,but lo and behold my old modem starting acting like it should last night and has been holding steady. Now I don't know if I should plug the new one up.

 

Old Modem- Motorola Surfboard Cable Modem, Model-SB 5101

 

New Modem-Motorola/Arris Surfboard Cable Modem, 200 series, Model-SB6121,DOCSIS 3.0

 

My router if this matters Netgear N600 Wireless Dualband

 

 



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Posted 31 July 2015 - 09:14 AM

I guess it really all depends on what kind of service your paying for.. If your not getting the speed from your cable modem that your paying for than maybe a docsis 3.0 modem will help you.  Or you may not see any difference because you are limited by your cable provider to lower speeds.  Here is a good read .. and below that theres a post with someone summing up speed capacity for US. If your not paying for higher speeds than your Docsis 2.0 (older cablemodem) should still 'work' just fine.  IF you do decide to plug in your new modem you need to call your ISP and have the MAC added to the service pool - give them the MAC address (located on the bottom of the modem) added to their/your service and your old one removed.

 

Max Speeds (US)
DOCSIS 1.x (1 Channel) – 38 Down; 9 Up
DOCSIS 2.0 (1 Channel) – 38 Down; 27 Up (Might have IPv6 support)
DOCSIS 3.0 (1 Channel) – 38 Down; 27 Up (Must support IPv6)
DOCSIS 3.0 (4/4 Channels) – 152 Down; 108 Up (38 x 4 and 27 x 4)


Edited by YeahBleeping, 31 July 2015 - 09:15 AM.


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Posted 01 August 2015 - 12:23 AM

My bill says: 

 

Steaming internet up to 50mbps down.

Up to 3Mpbs up

 

He said my old modem is barely giving me half of  the speed i'm paying for, but the net seems pretty fast to me.


Edited by fantasy09, 01 August 2015 - 12:24 AM.


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Posted 03 August 2015 - 01:00 PM

Web pages load ' differently ' than downloading or 'streaming a movie' or watching youtube videos.  Since you dropped the money on the new one there's no real problem with putting it in.  You may not see the difference but at least you'll know that you are taking advantage of your full download speed your paying for. 






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