posted 2 months ago by
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I debated whether to post this. Netgear just released a Docsis 3.1 cable modem (ie. 1 Gbps download) combined with an AC3200 WiFi router. Currently for Comcast only. Not currently in stock but supposed to ship next week. The usual places (Newegg, Staples, etc.) have it listed at $400. Amazon also had it at $400 but dropped briefly to $338 one day last week, and now $336. I'm going to take a chance.

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Netgear's routers from the last few years have been decent. Netgear's CM-1000 Docsis 3.1 standalone cable modem released with serious problems a few months ago but a firmware update appears to have fixed them. Lets hope they do a better job with the C7800.

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Nice set up...

and if you screw it to the floor, it can double as a bike rack.

Now: $331.10!

Unless you've got some aesthetic reason to only want one box, you're almost certainly better off buying a separate modem and router - that way, if you switch broadband providers (to AT&T Fiber, or FiOS, or Google Fiber, etc.) you won't need to replace your router, and if better WiFi solutions come along, you won't need to change out your modem. Also, very likely a cheaper solution.

Deal is dead. Maybe black friday?

The need to upgrade to Docsis 3.1, is similar to as much as I want to get a colonoscopy. Comes down to bragging right I guess. I'm sure Comcrap will be happy to sell you the faster speed that mostly only exists when you test from their server to your modem. If someone else was serving the content & was also on Comcast, you would be limited to their upload, which for sure will not be close to your 1gbps speed 'rate.' Unless your providing for a whole entire neighborhood (and even then), Docsis 3.0 will be plenty fine for >99.9% of people. I mean 8K Netflix isn't streaming yet

Save the money, and get a mesh router/network setup

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