Top 10 Best Modems 2019

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Modulator-demodulator abbreviated as Modem became popular with consumers following the boom of the World Wide Web in the mid and late 1990s and today, it is one of the must-have hardware for easy access to the internet since it allows a computer to send and receive data over a telephone line, cable or satellite connection.

Now that internet connection is necessary for most of our daily activities, it is important everyone has one. But choosing the best modem is usually challenging as there are many products out there with different promising features. To make your decision making easier, we have combed through different reputable websites to gather you the best modems you can choose from.

However, the list is not in any order or rank. Go through them all and consider the one that best suits your purpose and budget.

1. TP-Link Archer CR-700

The first modem on our list is a two-in-one device ― a combination of a modem and a router. It is good to consider this factor when deciding on a modem device to buy. Aside from it being a two-in-one device, the modem Wi-Fi can rev up to 1750 Mbps, thanks to its two frequencies of 2.4GHz and 5GHz. A 2.4GHz frequency can rev up to 450 Mbps while a 5GHz can rev up to 1,300 Mbps.

Another spectacular feature of the modem is that it allows bonding of 4 upstream and 16 downstream channels.

Features:

  • Wi-Fi Speed: up to 1750Mbps
  • Modem Type: Wireless (802.11 ac) modem-router combo
  • Cable download: DOCSIS 3.0
  • Compatible ISP: Cox, Spectrum, Comcast Xfinity, and more.
  • Warranty: Two years
  • Price: $105

Pros:

  • Guest network access
  • High-power amplifier
  • 6 antennas
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Very easy to set up
  • Attractive design
  • Modem & router combo

Cons:

  • No deep customization

2. Motorola MB-7621

The Motorola MB-7621 has been gathering lots of good reviews from customers who purchased it. It goes some steps ahead of others on our list. Coupled with its beautiful design, it allows up to 24 downstream and 4 upstream channels bonding. The modem also supports speed up to 1,000 Mbps which makes it compatible with any ISP’s plan that supports speed up to 650 Mbps.

Recommended for gaming.

Features:

  • Download Speed: Up to 1,000 Mbps.
  • Modem Type: Cable model (24×4 – No Wi-Fi).
  • Cable download: DOCSIS 3.0
  • Compatible ISP: Comcast Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Charter, Cox, Spectrum, CableOne and more.
  • Warranty: 2-year warranty.
  • Price: $84.99

Pros:

  • Easy and fast setup
  • Compact design
  • Approved by numerous ISPs
  • High-quality performance

Cons:

  • No Wi-Fi capability

3. ARRISSURFboard SB-6141

This is one of the most budget-friendly modems you can find today. Its cable download also uses the same technology as the first two on our list ― uses DOCSIS 3.0. Allowing it to bond with four upstream and eight downstream and generates a total speed of up to 343 Mbps, making it perfect for moderately fast cable Internet users.

Features:

  • Download speed: Up to 343 Mbps
  • Modem Type: Cable modem (8×4).
  • Cable download: DOCSIS 3.0
  • Compatible ISP: Comcast Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Charter, Cox, Cablevision.
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Warranty: 2-year warranty.
  • Price: $44.98

Pros:

  • Simple to set up
  • Steady and reliable performance
  • Great for low-bandwidth households.

Cons:

  • No wireless connectivity
  • Not the fastest option on the market

4. Motorola MG-7550

This another modem on our list that is a router and Wi-Fi combo. It is recommended for people living in an apartment with limited rooms. Although it is quite pricey, it is one of the most reliable modems so far according to customers review and it offers speed up to 989 Mbps. Another intriguing feature of this modem is its four Gigabit Ethernet ports that allow you to plug into super-fast internet speeds anytime.

Features:

  • Download speed: Up to 686 Mbps
  • Modem Type: Modem-router combo (16×4 / AC1900).
  • 4-gigabit ethernet ports
  • Cable download: DOCSIS 3.0
  • Compatible ISP: Comcast Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Charter, Cox, Spectrum, CableOne and more.
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Warranty: 2-year warranty
  • Price: $169.98

Pros:

  • Quality made
  • Boots in 30 seconds
  • Easy to use and setup
  • Steady performance

Cons:

  • Some users have reported Comcast-related issues

5. ARRISSURFboard SB-6183

The ARRISSURFboard is not for everybody, your local network provider needs to connect your home with optic cables to be able to use this. It is super-fast but also comes with more expenses. However, if you are an online gamer, heavy downloader, or UHD movie streamer, you can give it a go. It gives download speeds up to 686 Mbps.

Features:

  • Download Speeds: Up to 1.4 Gbps.
  • Modem Type: Cable modem (32×8)
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Compatible ISP: Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum, Charter, Cox, Suddenlink and more.
  • Warranty: 2-year warranty.
  • Supports IPv4 and IPv6
  • Price: $87.81

Pros:

  • Broad list of compatible ISPs
  • High download speeds

Cons:

  • May run hot
  • A bit bulky casing

6. NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900

If you are looking for something perfect for any Operating System (OS), here is our recommendation. This smart and simple device has a speed outputs of up to 680 Mbps and compatible with most cable internet service provider. But has no support for bundled voice services which you may still be using.

Features:

  • Download Speeds: Up to 680 Mbps.
  • Modem Type: Cable modem (16×4).
  • Cable download: DOCSIS 3.0
  • Gigabit Ethernet port with auto-sensing
  • Compatible ISP: Comcast Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Charter, Cox, Cablevision and more.
  • Warranty: 2-year warranty
  • Price: $59.99

Pros:

  • Compatible with numerous ISPs
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • Shiny exterior attracts dust
  • Slim profile and an attractive design

7. D-Link DCM-301 Cable Modem

For people concerned by the bulkiness of their modem, this is a light model. It is not just light, it also comes with a download speed of up to 320 Mbps and an upload speed of up to 150 Mbps. Another great feature it possesses is the DOCSIS 3.0 which you would have been seeing in the features of the former modems we have reviewed. The DOCSIS 3.0 is about 8 times faster than DOCSIS 2.0.

Features:

  • Download Speeds: Up to 320 Mbps
  • Modem Type: Cable modem (no Wi-Fi)
  • DOCSIS 3.0 channel bonding
  • Compatible ISP: Comcast Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Charter, Cox, Cablevision, and more.
  • Warranty: 1-year warranty
  • Price: $64.99

Pros:

  • Compatible with all major US cable providers
  • Highly reliable
  • Heat-proof design and sturdy build

Cons:

  • Low maximum download speed compared to others
  • 1-year warranty

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