The truth is, the modem and router you get from your cable provider isn’t as fast as a quality model you can pick up on your own. Perhaps even more importantly, getting your own gives you much more control, as you can configure your entire network in a fashion that gives you complete control over it’s functionality. For those wanting more quality and more power over how well connectivity works, in a small, space-saving design, it’s a smart upgrade. Oh, and you’ll also save on that ridiculous monthly fee cable companies charge you to “rent” it.
Until 1/30/16, Amazon has the ARRIS SURFboard SBG6782AC DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem/Router for a low $149.99 with free shipping. That price is at least $32 better than we could find anywhere else we know of.
The SBG6782AC gives you modem and router functionality in a single device. It acts as a fast, 343 Mbps maximum DOCSIS 3.0 modem that works with most U.S. cable providers. It offers a total of 12 channels, 8 download and 4 upload. Excellent RF immunity means it won’t suffer from interference. The MoCA networking feature allows you to create a wired network over your existing coaxial wiring with a separate adapter.
Fast 802.11 AC (backward compatible with b/g/n) WiFi with 2.4 GHZ and 5.0 GHz concurrent bands for high speed makes it a smooth and speedy router. Four Ethernet ports, all Gigabit for plenty of flexibility and speed, are on the back.