- Jul 10, 2012
- North Carolina Coast
Well after Spectrum screw up after screw up over the last two weeks and for the first time in many years it became unreliable, which now more then ever hurt as my wife works from home. Fact was they were upgrading/switching channels for data in SC resulting in outages for many people scattered around due to a filter in the line that was installed a decade ago filtering out the new data channel frequency or something like that. Anyway, as of yesterday Spectrum fixed it but my wife, rightfully concerned also wanted to get a new modem because some people were able to reset and get back online, we now know that was because they were thrown off over night because of the upgrade but their house was never filtered so were able to reset. (keep in mind this was all a rush and I was insanely busy at work unable to research I rightfully told her to go with and buy anything that made her comfortable as if our internet is down, she loses a PTO day because she cant work.) SO anyway, our modem was a TP Link TC-7610 and god I LOVED this modem. Purchased ourself back maybe 5+ years ago when we went back to cable from DSL. It has been dead on RELIABLE and would recommend to anyone..they can still be bought. With that said it has now been running for 5 years (guessing how long we had it) and know its only a matter of time before it quits and I just want something new, also feel if we go more "mainstream" updates might get automatically pushed by Spectrum if we go with a Arris or whatever. My wife felt comfortable with Arris and I am good with anything she wants because its her job that relies so much on it and she relies on me for out network in the home and they are all good. Anyway, any thoughts? We now have replaced the TP Link TC 7610 with a new Arris SB6190 which is way overkill for our 100Mbps connection, wife actually gets up to 110 Mbps on her desk top and me over 80 on mine both over our wifi What bothers me is the SB6190 is a high performance router but has the Intel Chip in it which is TRASHED for its problems and EVERYONE on the internet says dont buy any modem with an Intel chip in it. But I kind of think this is like an oil discussion such as dont put synthetic in a new engine. Here we are YEARS later, these higher end Docsis 3.0 modems are still being turned out with new generation Intel chips in them, I find it hard to believe all the posts I read on how bad they are. I have two weeks where I can return the Arris SB6190 for something else, I actually was considering downgrading to the Arris SB6183 because it has the Broadcom chip in it, even though the SB6183 is a lower performing modem, its claimed to be much better, more stable and secure. Since both these modems exceed the capacity of my internet speed I could go and return the SB6190 and go with the SB6183 instead, its actually less money but could care less about that. With that said, if I keep the Arris SB6190 which is WAY more powerful then I need, in a way it will be running much cooler since it will not be stressed at its capacity. Wife asked our cable service tech and he says they are all good and the same and would stay with the SB6190 being its new and up to date and the TPlink has been in use over 4 years. I agree with that but wondering if I should go to the Broadcom based Arris SB6183 OR even a Netgear CM 600 even if they are a small level below the Arris SB6190 that I am now using?