Different Models of Arris Modems and Gateways (DOCSIS, Channels, Speed)

You almost certainly have internet and/or cable TV if you are reading this. These services require a DOCSIS or DSL modem. You will most likely pay a monthly rental fee to your service provider for a modem. You’re likely using an Arris Surfboard, or another Arris modem to interface the service provider data signal if Comcast, Charter/Time-Warner/Bright House/Spectrum, or Cox are your MSOs. Suddenlink is the only company that uses Arris modems.

The DOCSIS3.0 standard is now in widespread use by MSOs all over the country. This means that the DOCSIS 2.0 modem quickly becomes obsolete. must be replaced. Just like Grandpa’s 2G cell phone. You will need to upgrade to take advantage of the higher D3 speeds and full capabilities of the IEEE 802.11ac devices. It’s a smart idea to buy your modem. You will save money and it will pay off in a year. You can also rent your modem from your ISP or MSO for a monthly charge.

Not All Modems are Equal

To be clear, a Cable Modem is, defined as “a peripheral device that connects to the Internet”. It works over coax cable TV lines and offers high-speed Internet access. Cable modems are broadband devices because they offer an all-on connection and high data transfer rates. These are far more advanced than the old dinosaur dial-up telephone modems that were used to connect to the Internet back in the 20th Century. To be precise, a cable modem isn’t a “modem” at all; “modem” denotes “modulator/demodulator.” Since a cable modem doesn’t convert digital signals into analog, the term is a misnomer.

Today’s high-performance DOCSIS 3.0 “cable gateways” (modem/router/Ethernet switch) do more than just relay digital signals to a TV. They can be used as a wireless connection point (“hotspot”) that connects up to four devices to the Internet. Speed is the biggest difference between D3 modems and D2. D3 modems offer a higher maximum network “throughput”. This is hip tech jargon that refers to the amount of data processed in a specified time. It is usually measured in megabits, gigabits, or kilobits — Kbps, Mbps, and Gbps — per second. DSL service is also available via gateways.

D3 needs a minimum of four channels to reach faster speeds than its predecessors. Each channel has a throughput of 38 Mbps downstream, and 27 Mbps upwards. However, D3 does not limit itself to four channels. The potential 100+Mbps D3 channels can provide should suffice your home, except if you have a server or are a hardcore gamer.

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For more erudite readers, “arris” is an architectural term that describes the sharp edge created by joining two surfaces or architectural elements at an angle. This is similar to Doric columns. The Arris Group, a Georgia-based manufacturer for high-performance telecom gear including gateways and DOCSIS 3.0 modems, is well-known to tech enthusiasts.

Antec Corp. and Northern Telecom formed Arris Interactive in 1995 to develop next-generation cable network technology. In 2001, became Arris, Inc., after Antec bought Nortel’s stake in the venture. The company adopted the Arris name and went public as a spin-off entity. Arris acquired a variety of companies, including Cadant in 2001 and C-COR 2007 as well as parts of EG Technology (Moxie) and Digeo(Moxie) in 2009. In 2001, Arris, Inc. was essentially Antec’s interest in the venture, adopted the Arris brand, and went public 2001. You may be wondering what an STB is. It is commonly called a “cable box”.

It is important to note that speeds and capabilities can vary greatly depending on the model of cable modems or gateways. Here’s a look at the STBs offered by Arris.

Different Models of Gateways and Arris Modems

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GATEWAYS

PRODUCT CHANNELS SPEED DOCSIS Wi-Fi Access
Touchstone(r) DG1660 Cable Gateway 16 x 4 Channels
(downstream & upstream)
640 Mbps 3 Dual Band
802.11n
3 x 3 Antennas
Touchstone(r) DG1670 Cable Gateway 16 x 4 Channels
(Upgradable to
24 x 8 Channels
MoCA 1.1 Coax
640 Mbps 3 Dual Band
802.11n
3 x 3 Antennas
Touchstone(r) DG2460 Cable Gateway 24 x 8 Channels 960 Mbps 3 Dual Band
802.11ac
3 x 3 Antennas
Touchstone(r) DG2470 Cable Gateway 24 x 8 Channels
MoCA 2.0 Coax
960 Mbps 3 Dual Band
802.11ac
3 x 3 Antennas
Touchstone(r) DG3260 Cable Gateway 32 x 8 Channels 1.3 Gbps 3 Dual Band
802.11ac
6 Antennas
Touchstone(r) DG3270 Cable Gateway 32 x 8 Channels
MoCA 2.2 Coax
1.3 Gbps 3 Dual Band
802.11ac
6 Antennas
Touchstone(r) DG860 Cable Gateway 8 x 4 Channels 320 Mbps 3 2.4 GHz
802.11n
2 x 2 Antennas
Touchstone(r) TG1652 Cable Voice Gateway 16 x 4 Channels 640 Mbps 3
– or
EuroDOCSIS 3.0
Dual Band
802.11ac
2 x 2 Antennas
Touchstone(r) TG1662 Cable Voice Gateway 16 x 4 Channels 640 Mbps 3 Dual Band
802.11n
3 x 3 Antennas
Touchstone(r) TG1672 Cable Voice Gateway 16 x 4 Channels
MoCA 1.1 Coax
640 Mbps 3 Dual Band
802.11n
3 x 3 Antennas
Touchstone(r) TG2472 Cable Voice Gateway 24 x 8 Channels
MoCA 2.0
960 Mbps 3 Dual Band
802.11ac
3 x 3 Antennas
Touchstone(r) TG2492 Cable Voice Gateway 24 x 8 Channels 960 Mbps EuroDOCSIS 3.0 2.4 GHz 802.11n
2 x 2 Antennas
5 GHz 802.11ac
3 x 3 Antennas
Touchstone(r) TG3442 Cable Voice Gateway 32 x 8 Channels 2.5 Gbps
2 x 192 MHz down
2 x 96 MHz up
OFDM
3.1 802.11n/ac
Concurrent Wave
2.4 GHz 3 x 3 Ant.
5 GHz 4 x 4 Ant.
Touchstone(r) TG3452 Cable Voice Gateway 32 x 8 Channels
MoCA 2.0
2.5 Gbps
2 x 192 MHz down
2 x 96 MHz up
OFDM
3.1 802.11n/ac
Concurrent Wave
2.4 GHz 3 x 3 Ant.
5 GHz 4 x 4 Ant.
Touchstone(r) TG3462 Cable Voice Gateway 32 x 8 Channels
MoCA 2.0
2.5 Gbps
2 x 192 MHz down
2 x 96 MHz up
OFDM
3.1
IoT – Zigbee, BLE,
Thread
802.11n/ac
Concurrent Wave
2.4 GHz 3 x 3 Ant.
5 GHz 4 x 4 Ant.
Touchstone(r) TG862 Cable Voice Gateway 8 x 4 Channels 320 Mbps 3
– or
EuroDOCSIS 3.0
2.4 GHz
802.11n
2 x 2 Antennas

MODEMS – NO WI-FI

PRODUCT CHANNELS SPEED DOCSIS
Touchstone(r) CM820 Cable Modem 8 x 4 Channels 300 Mbps 3
Japanese-and-EuroDOCSIS 3.0
IPv6 supported
Touchstone(r) CM8200 Cable Modem 32 x 8 Channels 2.5 Gbps
2 x 192 MHz down
2 x 96 MHz up
OFDM
3.1
IPv6 supported
Touchstone(r) TM3202 eMTA 16 x 4 Channels
24 x 8 Channels
32 x 8 Channels
1 Gbps 3
Touchstone(r) TM3402 eMTA 32 x 8 Channels 2.5 Gbps 3.1
Touchstone(r) TM804 eMTA 8 x 4 Channels 300 Mbps 3
Touchstone(r) TM822 eMTA 8 x 4 Channels 300 Mbps 3
IPv6 supported

Arris offers their SURFboard (r) line of modems, gateways, and routers for home consumers. A special model is available for Comcast’s Xfinity (r) service.

CABLE MODEMS-NO Wi-Fi

PRODUCT SB6121 SB6141 SB6183 SB6190
Download Speed 172 Mb/s 343 Mb/s 686 Mbit/s 1.4 Gbps
Gigabit Ethernet ports 1 1 1 1
Downstream x upstream 4 x 4 Channels 8 x 4 Channels 16 x 4 Channels 32 x 8 Channels
DOCSIS 3 3 3 3
Energy-efficient ethernet N/A N/A Yes Yes

CABLE MODEM and Wi-Fi ROUTER

PRODUCT SBG6400 SBG6580 SBG6700-AC SBG6782-AC SBG6900-AC
Download Speed 343 Mb/s 343 Mb/s 343 Mb/s 343 Mb/s 343 Mb/s
Ports for Gigabit Ethernet 2 4 2 4 4
DOCSIS 3 3 3 3 3
Wi-Fi N300 N300/300
Dual switched
AC1600 Dual
Concurrent
AC1800 M Dual Concurrent AC1900 Dual
Concurrent
MIMO ANTENNA FIG 2 x 2 for 2.4 GHz Dualband 2×2
(2.4 & 5 GHz)
Dualband 2×2 on 2.4GHz; 3×3 on 5GHz Dualband 2×2 on 2.4GHz; 3×3 on 5GHz Dualband 3×3
(2.4 & 5 GHz)
Wi-Fi RANGE Good Good Good Better Better

RIP CURRENT WI-Fi ROUTER

PRODUCT SBR-AC1200P SBR-AC1900P SBR-AC3200P
Download Speed 1200 Mb/s 1900 Mbps 3200Mbps
Ports for Gigabit Ethernet 4 4 Gigabit 4 Gigabit
Wi-Fi Band N300 + AC900
Dual-band concurrent
N600 + AC1300
Dual-band concurrent
N450 + AC1350 + AC1350
Concurrent tri-band
USB Ports 2 2.0 + 3.0 2.0 + 3.0

 

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If you are looking for holiday gift ideas that will last a few days, and you have some technical knowledge, we recommend buying and setting up cable modems. The monthly rental fee from MSO is typical $10 per month. You can also increase their Wi-Fi speed by owning a modem that acts as an access point to their wireless devices. There is a list of approved gateways and modems on all major ISPs. For AT&T, Comcast, and Charter, as well as CenturyLink, Mediacom, Cox, Comcast, and Charter, please see

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