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ARRIS / Motorola SurfBoard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Works great! 04/23/2015

This review is from: ARRIS / Motorola SurfBoard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Pros: -Simple to connect
-No disconnects
-Saves money from rental charges

Cons: -white color

Other Thoughts: I am able to achieve my service of 100Mbps download and 20Mbps upload through ethernet and wifi.

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Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900, Open Source ready, eSATA/ USB 3.0 Ports
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Provides max speed of internet service provider
-4 detachable external antennas provide very good range in 2-story house
-USB 3.0 is plug and play and showed up in network directory
-No issues freezing or lagging
-Online Gaming works great and provided low pings
-Torrenting works great, router doesn't hang when someone is torrenting
-Easy to setup; no CD installation needed
-4 Gigabit ethernet LAN connections
-Solid Build and wifi signals
-Activity light can be disabled
-Parental settings such as blocking internet website and internet access hours
-Flat ethernet cable included

Cons: -Large size

Other Thoughts: I use the internet for basic things like torrenting, downloading, hulu, netflix, PC gaming, PS4 gaming and video chat. I’ve also used the WRT54G when it became popular a while back using DDWRT so I am familiar with using open source firmware. I just recently switched my hardware to AC and have B/G/N devices so I do have the latest in new and old tech like iPhones, Android phones, Mac Minis, PC, iPads, chrome cast, etc.
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My installation directions:
1. Connect ethernet from computer to router. Connect ethernet from modem to router.
2. "192.168.1.1" Brings you to the setup browser. NO need to install the cd. No need to make an account in linkysys (just how it's always been)
3.Restart Modem when prompted.
4. Router was updated to the latest firmware automatically.
5. Manually adjust the wifi ssid/password (default wifi password is with the install CD packet)
6. Some things I adjusted were to create a single SSID that combined 2.4ghz and 5ghz for simplicity
7. You can also change the router admin password
8. I manually adjusted the wifi channels based on Apple's SCAN using Wireless Diagnostic for the channel with the least amount of network congestion
9. Disabled guest access and media prioritization

On Comcast 100Mbps download. Hard wired Ethernet I get 95Mbps download 10ms ping using speedtest.net
-on AC devices I get full 95Mbps download speeds upstairs and downstairs
-on 5ghz N devices I get full 95Mpbs internet speeds upstairs and downstairs

I connected a USB 3.0 drive filled with movies and was able to access the movies from all the computers without any issues.

What was really impressive was that during torrenting the router didn't hang or slow down for other users who are using the internet. I had this issue with my past routers including the Apple Airport Express and Airport Extreme. The RSSI signal went from -70 to -53 switching from Airport Extreme to WRT1900AC in the upstairs room so the signal is a lot stronger.

For my needs this router functions flawlessly. I was put off by the reviews because they are not good and the price is so high >$200. But I am very impressed considering it is on the stock Linksys firmware and has provided rock solid internet connectivity.

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Netgear XAVB5221-100PAS AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit, up to 500Mbps
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Solid green connection, depending on outlet
-Signal can reach 2nd floor
-Much more consistent and stable speed
-Just like wired ethernet
-zero issues
-no disconnects
-max internet speeds

Cons: -the signal varies from outlet to outlet so it is imperative that you test other outlets
-100Mbps ethernet ports even though it says 500Mbps

Other Thoughts: I have this connected to the router on the bottom floor and then the powerline on the 2nd floor. The powerline on the top floor is connected to a switch which my computer and ps4 is connected to. I was unable to get wifi signal to the ps4 so this was the reason I initially purchased it but then I added the switch later so I can connect multiple wired devices. So far it is rock solid and I don't notice lag or disconnects when playing multiplayer on the ps4. Also, since it is "wired" the speeds are just as fast as if it was connected straight to the router.

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Amennie T.'s Profile

Display Name: Amennie T.

Date Joined: 12/12/05

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  • First Review: 01/05/06
  • Last Review: 04/23/15
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