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This review is from: ARRIS SurfBoard SB6183 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem – 600 MHz Dual-Thread Processor
Pros: This is a great cable modem with the ability to bond multiple channel to enable full utilization of the Docsis 3.0 specification to maximize throughput. The Arris/Motorola lineup of modems is the de facto standard and are compatible with most all cable vendor's equipment. This costs more than a 4 or 8 channel model, but the difference is that you will get the full speed you are paying for and for the time being it is "future proof" though that is a moving target with a fairly short interval before newer technology surpasses it.
Cons: None, wish it cost less but it is a high demand item so they don't need to lower the price now.
Other Thoughts: Works very well with my Cox cable service and all I had to do was register the device with Cox and they provisioned it and it was up and running without needing anything else.
As with most modems it does run on the warm but not quite hot side which is always a bit troublesome from a longevity standpoint so I hooked up a very small USB fan off my PC and it is enough to keep it nice and cool to the touch. Wonder why they didn't build it with a small laptop fan to help with circulation.
Buy this with confidence that it will work correctly as the cable company sells this same model as their recommended high end modem for their fastest service plans.
This review is from: ARRIS SurfBoard SB6121 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
Pros: This is probably the closest thing to the defacto standard for cable modems there is out there. It just works as advertised and was simple to set up and configure and for the first 10 months I think it rebooted once when we lost power.
Cons: None at the moment. By the way this runs quite warm, borderline hot might be a closer description, and the sides and top are a wide open mesh that gives good passive ventilation as there is no fan.
Other Thoughts: Here's where the chicken and egg thing comes in. Lately my network has been slowing down or hanging connections. If I try just rebooting my router alone it often doesn't make much difference, however if I also reboot the modem and the router then things will return to normal for some indeterminate time.
The problem is I no longer have a spare router to toss in there to see if the problem is with the router or the modem. Since the router is an older dual band I may just go ahead and upgrade that, though it may still not solve anything if my real problem is with the modem.
I also run an Ooma phone over IP on this and it breaks up from time to time and I'll have to hang up and reestablish a new connection. The Ooma and the modem were bought 10 months ago. I have a 50Mbs connection through Cox which was a brand new install so all cabling is new from the box to the house and its the latest spec. They also would like to sell me their version of phone over IP so who knows if they are doing anything to cause interference. Hard to trust any corporation these days.
Regardless, I don't have an extra router or modem so I am left flipping a coin as to which one may the culpret and I am leaning toward my older dual band being on the way out. Wish new equipment like routers were built like my old WRT54 which never failed in 6 years, but just got old technologically. It also doesn't seem to hold true that if you buy an expensive feature laden router that it will last any longer. If you get 1 - 2 years that seems to be about it for a lot of the routers built today in China but with a brand name on the outside.
This review is from: Logitech MK120 Wired USB Keyboard and Mouse - Black
Pros: Have had this combination for a long time on one of my computers and though this is just a no-frills basic keyboard and mouse, it has worked perfectly since day one. There are better keyboards/mice with more functions, but they won't come in at this price level. Just depends on what your expectations are.
Cons: None, does exactly what it was designed for.
Other Thoughts: I know some folks have complained about the paint on the keys wearing off quickly, and I have seen that before on other inexpensive keyboards.
What I have done for some time is to carefully paint all of the keys on a new keyboard with a thin coat of clear polyurethane. Granted this will take some time and attention to detail, but the paint won't come off the keys when you're finished. If you apply it with a thin artist brush very lightly and slightly thinned then you won't even notice that it is there except that your keys will look like new for years. Don't rush the drying process, give it a solid 24 hrs to completely dry and harden.
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