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This review is from: Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3.0 (24 x 8) Cable Modem
Pros: The Linksys CM3024 has performed flawlessly. I've been consistently getting 350Mbps x 20Mbps on a 300Mbps x 20Mbps internet plan. I've always struggled to get the full bandwidth from my ISP, legacy TWC/now Spectrum, even with the Arris modem they provided. During these first two weeks, I also experienced no packet-loss or random modem reboots while using the CM3024. Of course, packet-loss can be caused by many issues not due to the modem itself such as RF issues and noise on the cable line.
Linksys allowed a large amount of ventilation on the modem. My modem is located behind a couch in an area that doesn't get much airflow. Even in a sub-par environment, the Linksys CM3024 remained cool and functional.
I'm impressed at how accurate the modem reports cable signal. It's common knowledge modems tend to report RF levels inaccurately compared to a professional RF meter simply due to the cost differences in said devices. With this modem, it is reporting within .5 dBmv of a D3 cable meter.
Other Thoughts: I've always been a big fan of having the modem and router as two different devices. When a modem incorporates router features, it becomes difficult to identify issues as either ISP related of end-user network related. Lately, it has been harder and harder to find modems without any router features with the work around being setting the modem to bridged mode. Even with the all-in-one router/modems in bridge mode, they generally have a hidden SSID broadcasting or random firmware bugs that result in oddities. By having a stand-alone bridged modem, these issues are no longer a factor.
In a matter of 5 minutes of talking with Spectrum tech support, the modem was up and working on my account. In the San Antonio area, Spectrum is now utilizing 24 downstream channels.
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG108PE 8-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch with 4-Port PoE
Pros: The inclusion of Port Mirroring and cable test functions makes this switch perfect for taking in an IT kit. Many small businesses use unmanaged switches making it harder for troubleshooting intermittent issues. I've used this switch to replace the hub I'd carry with me to run a packet-sniffer for identifying the source of random broadcast storms. It's been a valuable tool thus far!
STP is included although it is called "Loop Prevention" in the GUI.
The Cable Test feature identified an open at 56' on a Cat5e run. I verified the accuracy with a professional cable tester. The tester reported the same issue at the same distance.
Cons: There are no PoE settings in GUI. With troubleshooting a wifi issue (such as a locked up AP), a normal step is to reboot the AP. Typically, a PoE switch has the option to disable power to a port or even set a specific power output per port. Disabling the port on the TL-SG108PE only resulted in data being terminated to my PoE AP while the AP continued to broadcast an SSID. Missing these options means having to manually disconnect the ethernet cable feeding the AP and limits remote troubleshooting.
Other Thoughts: This switch is limited to a combined 55 watts over the PoE ports. If this amount is exceeded, the switch will automatically kill power to port 4. Most PoE devices don't use more than 12 watts. The exceptions will be high power APs such as the new 4x4:4 802.11ac Wave 2 APs.
I will continue to use this switch for on-site trouble calls but wouldn't recommend it for those needy locations with PoE based devices due to the inability to reboot a PoE based device remotely.
This review is from: TP-LINK TC-W7960 N300 DOCSIS 3.0 (8x4) Wireless Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router
Pros: Easy to set up with Spectrum in a former Time Warner Cable market. TP-Link made the TC-W7960 modem/router quite compact and energy efficient.
It averages about 8 watts in bridge mode and 11 watts in router mode (about half the power used by the Spectrum modem).
Cons: I have a 300Mbps tier through Spectrum and have continuously achieved this speed on the modem provided with this internet package. When I swapped to the TP-Link TC-W7960 modem, my speeds fell to around the 220 Mbps mark at best and would fluctuate all the way down to 150 Mbps at worst. After some calls with Spectrum, I discovered this is because of the load balancing occurring over the 16 DOCSIS channels in my market. If a modem can only connect to 8 of the 16, then it is more likely to experience less than perfect speeds.
Other Thoughts: To turn off the router features and put the modem into 'bridge' mode, you need to migrate to the advanced section of the GUI. Even though 802.11n is on this modem/router, it's 2.4Ghz only.READ FULL REVIEW