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Pros: My first review 4 monts ago : 5 eggs / no problem at all
8/19/2012 8:29:40 AM
Cons: Just before Christmas Comcast pushed out a firmware update to my modem ( SBG6580-18.104.22.168-GA-00-226-NOSH )
Port forwarding stopped functional after this update :o(
Everything was 5 eggs before :o) with firmware ( 22.214.171.124-GA-00-488-NOSH). I never had to restart my modem in the past 4 months because of internet problems ...
Pros: Super Wi-Fi performance ( i set the wireless radio power to 25% , and got 4-5 bar signal strenght in my house , 3-4 around the house)
Cable modem, router, and wireless access point all in one
4 Gigabit Ports (support jumbo frame)
Web Content Filter
Time of Day Access Policy
User Setup ( Each specified user may also be enabled as a "trusted user" which means that person will have access to all Internet content regardless of filters that may be set up.)
I decided to take a chance on this product despite the many negative reviews.
If you have any problem with this modem first go to the settings page 192.168.0.1 (default login: admin/motorola) turn off the firewall test your connection , then start to "play" with the firewall settings. Maybe you can fix your problem there :)
Also make sure you dont have any bad quality splitter, bad connection between cables in your incoming cable line !
Other Thoughts: Was somewhat concerned after reading some of the reviews here, but my experience with this unit has been positive: easy to install and configure and provides excellent connectivity and wireless networking results.
Some have said they bought the lesser Motorola unit and then bought an extra Wireless N router. This seems like an unneccessary expense to me , and I didn't want to deal with two boxes :o)
I was pleasantly surprised that I had it installed, activated and configured for both Ethernet and wireless networking in less than 15 minutes.
I got it with firmware 3.1 xxxxxx , during activation with comcast , they pushed a new firmware 126.96.36.199-GA-00-488-NOSH to the modem.
Im paying for 30Mbps down & 5Mbps up , getting 35.5Mbps down and 5.5Mbps up from Comcast in my area with this modem.
The modem power consumption is around 8-10Watts , its warm to touch but not hot ...
If you are looking for an all-in-one cable modem, router, and wireless access point, this is it !
Pros: What a fantastic mini Itx board .
It's a board I would suggest that people consider if they're wanting a small Z68 platform with a lot of features and speed.
My setup is :
LUXA2 LM100 Mini Itx Case
Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC
Slim Sony Optirac BD-5730 Blu-Ray Drive
The cpu and the memory i used to build my system is not on the " offical Z68ITX-A-E TESTED cpu/memory list " but everything working superb :o)
Windows 7 Ultimate Experience Index is : 6.4 without any "fine tuning" .
Processor : 7.6 / memory : 7.6 / Graphics : 6.4 / Gaming Graphics : 6.4 / Hard disk : 7.9
The graphics experience index is from the cpu built in graphics (Intel® HD Graphics 3000)
The system "Cold" boot time is less than 10 second !!!
Windows 7 ultimate installation from usb drive took 12 minutes . Zotac drivers from cd 15minut
Cons: Poor OC options
The manual was not clear on if you could run with just the 4 pin connector. ( yes you can )
Other Thoughts: I don't have the right power connectors on my power supply for the this motherboard. The MB has an 8 pin connector (CPU) and my power supply has a 4 pin connector.
The manual was not clear on if you could run with just the 4 pin connector. My setup working fine with a 4 pin connected to a 8 pin connector.