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Pros: Very fast. Speedtest reported 108Mbps download speeds on a 100Mbps connection.
Tiny footprint: 2.75" x 5" x 1"
Low power consumption: 5Watts
No configuration needed, truly plug and play.
Cons: No stand or even holes for wall mounting.
Gets pretty warm. After using it for about 10 minutes, parts of the case were over 130F.
The power cord is a little short at about 4.5 feet.
If no cable connection is present (disconnected, ISP problems, waiting for commissioning, etc..), this modem will keep rebooting itself. While this might be a good practice for recovering a lost connection, it would make troubleshooting an issue quite difficult, since you can't get into the web GUI.
Overall Review: If your service is 100Mbps or less, you really can't go wrong with this modem, especially for only $50.
Cons: Speed is limited to 100mbps
no wall mount holes in case
Overall Review: This is a nice little cable modem,one of the smallest I've ever seen, about the size of a pack of cigarettes. It is very small and compact. All the connections are on one side and all the leds are in a line on top and easy to see. There is no power button as it really is not needed and a reset button on top of the box. The box is covered with vent holes on 3 sides for cooling. It does run a bit on the warm side.
Setup was super easy for me, turn off your router or computer, plug in the cable modem, Ethernet cable and last the power cable. Now just wait for the unit to set itself up. It may reboot once or twice, takes a few minutes. Instructions say you may need to enter some information but mine was all automatically completed. If you have problems you can call your cable provider and they can set it up for you. They will ask you for mac address on the modem.
Speed is good, works as good as my high end cable ac modem but that's only because I only have 50Mbps service. This is rated for 100Mbps service so most people will be very happy with it. If you have faster service then 50 I suggest you get next upgrade from this one. The only thing I would change is wall mounting holes in the case are missing so you can't wall mount this without double sided tape. Tape usually comes loose over time.
This will pay for itself in only 6 months so it is worth buying.
Pros: This is a great modem for connections of 100 Mbps or slower. Installation is easy, and this modem should be compatible with pretty much every highspeed cable internet provider.
If you are charged a monthly fee for your modem, then replacing it with your own model pay for itself in just a couple months. Not to mention that the modems provided tend to be of lower quality, and replacing the modem with one of your own can help with your connection's stability.
My internet used to drop out fairly regularly and the modem would need to be reset often to get back online, once I replaced the modem my internet provider gave me with one of my own I I haven't had those problems anymore.
Cons: With internet getting faster and faster these days, depending on your area there may be speeds offered over 100 Mbps. If you live in one of these areas or anticipate moving, then this modem isn't going to let your connection perform to its full potential.
Pros: Basically plug and play with my Charter Spectrum internet. I had to enter the MAC address of my old modem and enter my Charter account # to switch over to this new modem, but otherwise, it was plug and play. My Buffalo WZR-1750DHP had no issues with the CM3008.
Tried a quick speed test and the CM3008 was able to pull 100 Mbps down and 4 Mbps up which is the plan that I’m on with Charter. However, the Cisco DPC3010 that I was given by Charter actually gets 132 Mbps down and usually 4.5 – 5 Mbps up because of how strong our connection is. In that regard, if you pay for >100Mbps, keep in mind the CM3008 is capped at that speed so you may want to look at the CM3024 instead which will go up to 343 Mbps.
Have had no issues with anything else that I use currently – I have both SSH/SFTP and VNC servers, and also play online games in Steam as well as use 2 Rokus (Roku 2 & Roku 3) with Playstation Vue, Hulu, Netflix, and other services. The CM3008 worked just fine with all of these.
It’s about as big as a deck of playing cards. Wherever you put it, you basically lay it flat or you can try to prop it up on its side but there’s nothing to hold it in that orientation. It would definitely make a good “travel” modem or something that a “family IT guy” could take with them if a friend or relative thinks their modem is bad…you can literally fit it in your pocket.
Solid piece of kit. It’s fully plastic and has no metal at all other than the COAX jack but it still feels like it’s built well enough and could handle being dropped or being knocked off a desk or shelf.
Cons: Just a minor gripe - it cannot be wall mounted out of the box (but I’m sure you could use brackets or two sided tape/mounting squares if you really wanted to put it on the wall). It doesn't have slots in the back of the unit for wall mounting.
Overall Review: Don’t really have much else to say – it’s a cable modem, compatible with most providers, and it works basically plug and play. If you currently lease a modem from your provider, and your provider is compatible with this, definitely pick this up and it’ll pay for itself fairly quickly over what you’ll save on “modem lease” fees.
Pros: - Tiny - It's half the size of my ISP provided modem.
- Easy to set up - see Other
Cons: - Runs pretty warm - I mean, you're not going to burn yourself, but it does get warm.
Overall Review: This is pretty much as plug and play as you get. Plug in the cable, power, and Ethernet and attach it to your network and you have an internet connection. My ISP is Time Warner/Charter/Whatever the heck they wind up calling themselves. I had to call in and give them the MAC address and serial for them to authorize it, but other than that there were zero problems. My apartment is wired so that the ISP provided modem provides connection to a bunch of Ethernet jacks in the wall, but I only use one for my router anyway, so there were no issues there.
I ran a bunch of speed tests and my connection was no different between this and the huge ISP provided modem. I have had zero issues. This review is going to be awfully short, but really, that's what you want: A modem that you plug in and forget about.
Pros: it's small, fast, you'll save $ every month
Cons: It gets warmer than the Comcast modem this replaced but it functions fine
Overall Review: I only have a 75Mbps connection but this modem functions as it should giving me my rated speeds. Functionally, I see no difference between this and the modem I replaced. I can't believe I didn't get my own modem sooner, for every 6 months I paid the modem rental fee I could've purchased another one of these.
I put it getting warm as a con but that's probably a side effect of it being so small, which I like. It doesn't seem to cause any harm, it functions just fine and it isn't like it's hot/going to burn you.
This modem gives me my rated speeds without any sort of latency issues. Do yourself a favor, you're wasting money renting a modem from your cable provider. My cable provider has slowly but surely increased my rental fee from $5 to $10 over the years. Paying that $10 each month since the last rate increase costs $120 each year when you can own this outright for much less than a single year's rental fees. It was easy to get this modem activated/online and it has been functioning perfectly for over a week. It's a great product.
Pros: -Ultra compact and easy to hide behind a desk or on top of the router.
-Easy connectivity with a router. No need for extra settings, just plug and play.
-Compatible with all major cable service providers. NO FIOS.
-Compatible with MAC.
-8 download x 4 upload channels.
Set up was easy, like plug and play, modem did not take more than 3 minutes each time I tested it, compatible and tested with Comast and Cox (NoVA area). In each case set up was fast and reliable, speeds did not slow down even with 4K video downloads. In all 3 occasions the router provided with the cable company was fully compatible with the modem and no issues were ever encounter during web browsing or streaming movies.
Finally, after testing this in 3 of my family member's homes (I do not have a cable service provider, but FIOS and even though I tried, it didn't work), it is a much better modem than the one that it was provided by the cable company, much smaller and easier to manage.
I did use my Linksys EA6100 AC1200 Wi-Fi Wirless Dual-Band+ Router, Smart Wi-Fi App Enabled in my last test which is where it's staying permanently, and the speeds have increased just slightly, but are not dropping or slowing down as it did previously with the hardware provided by "this" company. So, cable modem and routher, both Linksys are connected each other with a 6" CAT5 cable for a better cable management and the Wi-Fi range has increased.
Modem rental fees can go as high as $120 a year, this cost half that and not only is smaller, faster and better, but it's fully compatible with any cable service provider. Plug any router of you choice and you're ready for fast and reliable downloads.
I also purposely unplug the power from the wall to assimilate a power outage and all 5 times the modem was able to get connected without a hitch. Unlike the old days which it was a nightmare to get reconnected. Personally, back when I had cable modem I stopped renting and bought a Linksys modem along the Linksys WRT54GL and never an issue with connectivity, as always Linksys has been very reliable.
Overall Review: This modem is so small, double sided tape should do the trick to mount this anywhere, it's so lightweight, it can easily be mounted on top of the router and connect with a 6" (or smaller) CAT 5 cable for better cable management.
Pros: I could not test the full throughput of this modem but it did provide the same “full” bandwidth from my provider that I pay for (or at least as close as can be expected). This is a pretty nice cable modem that I cannot find any serious issues with but I have limited requirements. The first thing I noticed upon unboxing this modem was that it is much smaller than modems a few years ago which should make it easier to “hide” or put in discrete locations. It also has a very neutral and unobtrusive appearance so even if you have to have it easily visible it should be quiet inoffensive. I also found the included black Ethernet cable with a yellow plug convenient because it was easy for me to locate on my switch but discrete while run. I did not notice any strange noises while running such as coil whine or that strange hum/buzz that some old/cheap modems may exhibit. I also had no connectivity issues with my ISP when trying to use this modem which is a surprise considering my ISPs usual customer service….
The take-away from the pros section is that I was pleasantly surprised by the discrete aesthetic and the small size of the unit which makes it that much easier to hide even in plain sight.
Cons: After seeing how small and discrete this unit is I was a little disappointed at how bright the LEDs are. I am not 100% if it is just the brightness that bothered me or the fact that they blink/flash occasionally but that is basically par for the course for most networking devices.
I also found that the device does generate a noticeable amount of heat under sustained load, just make sure not to bury it and try to keep it open (IE on top of a bookshelf?) or it may affect the lifespan/QoS.
Overall Review: It’s a cable modem and I cannot fully test the capacity because my connection is not over 100 mbps but compared to my old moto surfboard it is giving me the same consistent speeds with speedtest and it is much more discrete. I like the size and am pleased to find a reasonably priced reliable modem from a reputable brand! I plan on using this modem for its lifespan now that I have it.