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G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GAR
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Reasonably priced.
Good performer for standard CPU clock speeds
Runs cooler than expected

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Installed this as the second channel of RAM (32GB total) for the media server/player. Works like a charm. CD/DVD ripping transcoding and file format conversions run noticeably faster than when it was running 16MB RAM. Media server/player uses a stock Core i7-3770 processor running JRiver Media Center, dB Poweramp Suite and a few others.

D-Link  DCM-301 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Fast. Easy to set up. 09/21/2016

This review is from: D-Link DCM-301 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Pros: Lightning fast performance.
VERY reliable.
Easy to install.
Green lights aren't nearly as annoyingly bright as blue LEDs.

Cons: Doesn't install itself.

Other Thoughts: This modem has been in service since August 15, 2015. It's been rock solid reliable and has only needed to be restarted once. Yes, you read that right: ONCE. It's VERY fast, FAR faster than the throughput on my previous Motorola DOCSIS 2.0 modem and then some. I don't get people who replace their modems, don't bother to call their ISPs AND then complain when their new modem is behaving erratically or has failed. First of all, call your ISP to have them run a status check on the new modem. Most reliability and performance issues reported by the other reviewers are easily avoidable. For example, when setting up this modem, the Xfinity tech told me that my new modem was reporting that the Xfinity line signal was too strong. Leave it that way and the modem will eventually start behaving erratically and then die. I found this out the hard way years ago. The solution was to simply install a coaxial line signal attenuator between the modem and the incoming coax cable to lower the broadband signal strength from the ISP to within an acceptable operating range for the modem. Yes, that's all it takes. Coax line attenuators are pretty darn cheap and easy to obtain from online retailers or your internet service provider. The attenuators commonly come in three levels of signal reduction, Buy one of each. Don't EVER convince yourself that cable modems are universally plug and play for any and all internet service providers. They are NOT. Even when the modem is listed as compatible by either ISP or manufacturer, those compatibility guidelines DO NOT take into account incoming signal strength. More often than not, you need to make sure the incoming signal is not slowly frying the input section of your new modem. Almost all cable internet providers run their line signal strength well above spec to make sure all their customers receive a strong signal. So simplify your life and take the little time and effort it takes to call your particular internet service provider's tech support department to make sure your modem is installed correctly and is compatible with your incoming broadband line signal strength. You'll find that the payoffs of blazing speed, reliability and not having to endure all the malfunctioning equipment drama is soooo worth it. Happy computing, everyone!

ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 8x4 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
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5 out of 5 eggs Easy Signal Strength Fix 12/01/2014

This review is from: ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 8x4 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Pros: Fast as lightening.
Line signal strength issues can be easily resolved, will extend the service life of the modem and prevent premature failures like those I've read about in prior reviews.

Cons: Sounds like the cut-rate, minimum wage paying contractor Motorola hired for their product support is worse than incompetent. Signal attenuators have been a VERY common solution for overly high incoming line signal strength for the last decade or so. Cable companies have known about this issue for at least 15 years or more. It's another sad example of unbridled corporate greed at its finest...

Other Thoughts: Sorry to see so many users are having problems with signal strength issues. A while back a Comcast/Xfinity service technician inserted an inline signal attenuator in series between my surfboard cable modem and the cable coming from the outside box. The signal dropped to levels that made the modem VERY happy and it solved the problems I was experiencing with network disruptions. Coax line signal attenuators are commonly available in -3db and -6db sizes through a TON of online retailers. if you need more attenuation, link them together in series.
Whenever you move to a new location OR get a new cable modem, check the signal strength against the modem specs. Once the modem is connected to the cable and powered up, it will give you signal strength in db via its GUI. Check your modem specs to see if your modem needs to have the signal attenuated. If so, insert the appropriate values of coax line attenuators between the modem and the cable feed. Check signal strength again via the GUI and adjust as necessary with additional attenuators if you need them. Simple, inexpensive, effective and absolutely NO tools required. And it will keep your new or old modem from getting fried by excessively high signal input.


Craig S.'s Profile

Display Name: Craig S.

Date Joined: 12/09/02

  • Reviews: 40
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  • First Review: 07/10/06
  • Last Review: 09/21/16
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