There's fast, faster, and then there's the AC1750.
Grab the highest cable speed currently available and AC WiFi in one smoking fast device. The AC1750 WiFi router and integrated DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem-with up to 680 Mbps-combine to deliver the ultimate in HD streaming, online gaming perfomance, multi-device connectivity, and works with all major cable ISPs.
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Major Improvment Over Comcast Rental
Posted by: Kevyn from: on
I have been looking at that $8 equipment charge on my Comcast bill for 5 years now, and I wondered just how much one of these things were worth. Turns out I have spent ~$480 on what is a $200 device.
Lately, I have been having issues with connection speed. Over the past few months all of my devices have been showing 12 to 15Mbps download, and 3 to 5Mbps uploads on tests. I am paying Comcast for 105Mbps Internet and basic voice (which I have not used in over a year). So I did some research and found out about the minimal prices of these modem/router combo units. I also discovered many of my devices support 802.11 ac wifi, the ARRIS TG862G from Xfinity only supports the older 802.11 n wifi.
Taking into account what I learned above, I decided on two things;
1. Call Comcast and drop the voice service, and return the ARRIS.
2. Buy the best Modem/Router Combo I can find.
I could not be any happier. The C6300 was installed and ready to use in less than ten minutes via Comcasts online activation website. Everything is moving much faster. Test on multiple devices are now showing 103 - 111Mbps download speeds, and 10 to 14Mbps upload speeds.This is both on wired and wireless connections. Streaming movies, and games over Netflix, Video Unlimited, and Playstation Now I have not had one issue with quality drops or buffering.
For $251, I have a device that now delivers the Internet speeds I am paying for. In addition thanks to dropping voice, and the device rental my bill is over 20 dollars a month lower.
I highly recomend this device. If you have a Xperia Z3, an iPhone 6, or and other new smartphone or tablet this will make a world of difference. The only reason I can see not to pick this up is if you absolutly have to have Comcasts voice services.
I hope this review is helpful, and informative. Enjoy.
77 out of 87 found this review helpful.
Solved all my problems
Posted by: MGRemus from: on
I had a Comcast rental modem/router that's WIFI worked great at 5 feet away, but at 50 feet, the connection speed dropped from 55 Mbps to 5-10 Mbps. I wanted a modem/router combo and chose the Netgear AC1750 product because it has the AC capability, as does my computer and the results have been very pleasing. My WIFI speed is now a consistent 55 Mbps all through the house. Easy to install and couldn't be happier with the choice.
30 out of 32 found this review helpful.
Excellent modem replacement for Xfinity Internet
Posted by: PhilGA from: Atlanta, GA on
We just bought this modem/router from Best Buy on Christmas Eve.
Previously, we had a Technicolor TC8305C Comcast-leased modem that seemed to work fairly well with our Blast! Plus 50MBbps service. However, the Netgear C6300 certainly surpasses what I believe to be a more than reasonable Technicolor modem/router.
This device is geared towards the 802.11ac standard -- essentially the latest and greatest, speed-wise. It also has 3x3 MIMO (multiple-in, multiple-out) wifi capability along with excellent 5GHz connectivity. In other words, the wifi range is some of the best I've seen in various routers throughout the years and the 802.11ac standard at 5GHz is officially the fastest I've ever had my or my wife's iPhones/iPads operate in the house.
Activation via Comcast was very much of a breeze; within 10 minutes of beginning the web-based activation process, the modem was online and ready to go.
Regarding the firmware, while it appears that it can be manually upgraded to some extent, my understanding is that CableLabs -- the folks who deal with the DOCSIS standard (of which this modem is at the 3.0 level) -- currently maintain that all such modems (not sure if this applies to routers) are not to be automatically upgraded. Not sure how true that is, but it would explain the relative difficulty of attempting to find an explicit option in the menu system to do such an upgrade.
As far as navigating the internal router pages is concerned, while it is somewhat slow (typically takes approximately 5 seconds or so for a given page to render), it isn't horrendous, and I was able to get basic password changes performed in a couple of minutes.
While the device is a tad on the pricey side, so far, the device has been operating for us flawlessly and, more importantly, seems to be an excellent means of getting rid of the Xfinity modem fee (which I heard from other tech blogs some months ago that Comcast makes somewhere around $1 billion/year on).
18 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Say goodbye to your cable company modem
Posted by: FoodGuy4U from: Mountain View Ca. on
I purchased this modem because the Comcast modem I was using was not compatible with my DIRECTV hole home Genie and another DVR. The DVR's couldn't communicate with each other, so I couldn't see the recorded programs on one DVR while watching the other. Anyway, DIRECTV recommended the Netgear brand so I purchased this one. Setup was a breeze and the performance is great. Both DVR's now communicate with each other and I'm completely happy with the product.
16 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Vast improvement over my old cable modem/router
Posted by: NGBmedia from: on
Initially I planned to purchase a high end Asus router as I have used them at work and in the past and they have great -- but the other day Comcast upgraded my area to 100 meg service, and that caused my circa 2010 UBee modem to completely choke.
Usually I shy away from integrated modem/routers, but I also had an aging Netgear N150 router in my home theatre by the cable modem -- the reviews on this unit looked good, so for about the price of the Asus AC-68 "router only" I was going for -- I was able to get both a decently spec'd router and a *high end* cable modem with 16 bonded channels (most are 4 or 8) -- which will future proof this thing for up to 600+ megs, should Comcast upgrade my speed over the next few years.
Setup was a breeze -- Netgear has partnered with Comcast to where all their MAC addresses are in their database. You simply turn it on, connect over WiFi and a Comcast sign-in window appears -- you log in, and it automatically scans for the MAC address, and swaps your old with the new. Absolutely painless -- but they do get a slight ding here: This process set my modem up with the "old" speed of 50 megs and a very slow 1 meg upload... I had to call in to support, and they told me that they had to create a "billing slot" and that although the automated system activates the modem, it doesn't swap it onto my billing side, and that has to be manually done... That said, he said it'd be no problem to take care of this for me, and he did so...
...and WOW... I am blown away. Once this thing was provisioned, I now am enjoying 125/15 meg service consistently. I have never had a modem that actually delivers MORE than the cable company promises (100 megs in my case), and this thing is pulling down 125 consistently -- reading online, the 16 channel bonding basically ensures that there are clean channels that can be used and it can eek out every last bit of speed that your provider allows -- and I must admit, it's working quite well.
One other plus: the lights on this unit are not obtrusive; it has all the usual status lights, but they are all small, uniform green, and are mostly steady with the occasional slow blink. Since the modem is near the home theatre this is a welcome change... my old UBee modem had garish blue and green lights that were large and blinked in all sorts of ways.
So overall, I am quite impressed... it is a bit pricey -- but when comparing the cost of a high end AC1750 router and a 16 channel cable modem, it's about the same price, all in one package.
I'm knocking a star off due to the automated system not provisioning my account correctly (so make sure and check your speed and call in if it seems too slow)
The only next test will be longevity... hopefully I get years of service. That's the problem with all-in-one's: if the modem goes out first I'll have an extra large brick of a router, and if the router goes out first I'll have an extra large brick of a modem -- which will either mean buying the whole shebang again, or buying a modem and/or router when the time comes which defeats the purpose...
But overall, I'd recommend it At the fees Comcast charges for a wireless gateway, it'll pay for itself in under 2 years -- and is fast enough that provided the longevity is there, shouldn't go obsolete for a good 5-8 years.
13 out of 13 found this review helpful.
This All in one Works great with Mediacom.
Posted by: ScottyD from: on
After recently upgrading my ISP from CL DSL to Mediacom Cable it became clear to me that the NETGEAR C6300 (AC1750) WIFI Cable Modem was the right choice. With increasing service rates and rental fees, purchasing a single Modem/WIFI router was a good solution eliminating all rental fees with a single device. The Mediacom installer tried to persuade me that I was going to need the rented modem, however this was simply not true.
Setup- Installation and setup were quick with no hassle. Simply download the NETGEAR Genie app. -The NETGEAR Genie mobile App is available for this device, and serves the same function as the router homepage on any web browser. Setup took less than 10 minutes.
Performance- Speeds were everything that Mediacom advertised with 115 Mbps down and 28 Mbps up on first speed test. Speedtest.net
WIFI- Signals are strong. Connection to either the 2.4GHz or 5.0 GHz are quick and easy with full signal throughout the house.
Features - Most of the common router features can be found on this router. A dash board with status, WIFI, 2.4GHz setup, 5GHz setup, guest WIFI networks, USB share, parental control, port forwarding, DDNS, DHCP, UPnP, firewall, just to name a few. One other nice feature is the ability to scan wireless channels to find which channels were not in use.
Price - for the combination of what you are getting in Router and modem capabilities coupled with saving the high monthly rental fee I think this item offers a very good value
Overall this has proved to be a great two-in-one solution as both a cable modem and router with the added benefit of saving me from a monthly charge for lesser equipment. Yes, this is supported by Medicom.
13 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Worth Every Penny
Posted by: twogirlsdaddy from: on
This thing is awesome. Upgraded from a Motorola 6121 and Linksys N600 to this combo unit. Could not speed test higher than about 20Mbps, and was averaging 15Mbps with Comcast Blast. Now I pull between 50-110Mbps! The range is more than enough for my 2500 sqft. home and no more dead/weak spots. Easy setup in which I activated it with Comcast online. Honestly, not a bad price too when you consider you a getting two great technologies. Spend the money.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
So far...so good
Posted by: BKHK from: on
Bought this product to use for Time Warner Cable (TWC) service, instead of "renting" one from them. We live in a two-storey home and it is in our downstairs area. Office is on the far side of the home, upstairs. Range has not been an issue yet, however, I am contemplating on using a range extender to insure coverage for the whole house.
Set up was easy. No problems yet. I haven't been able to fully utilize all the bells and whistles for this router yet (the mobile apps for monitoring, etc.), due to time constraints, but my main concern of receiving signal is pretty much my only concern, and I'm happy with it so far.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Well worth the money
Posted by: bigk9359 from: on
I've been using Xfinity blast internet with Comcast's rental modem. That modem/router is the biggest piece of junk ever, so I had to upgrade to something better. I found the Netgear AC1750 Dual-Band Wireless-AC Router with DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem, and I couldn't be any happier with how fast my internet is now. Everything is instant when surfing the web. No more bandwidth problems when searching through online game servers. That was one of the big problems with the old rental modem - it would lock up the internet at random or it would lock up whilst searching through online gaming servers.
I simply had to review the item because of how happy I was with this modem/router.
All you have to do is contact Comcast's support service, ask to setup a new device, then a person should help step you through the process to make it work. Took 20 minutes, maybe less, to get it setup.
You can't use a phone service with this router.
8 out of 9 found this review helpful.
big improvement if your area supports it
Posted by: zeroxg35 from: on
I bought this to improve performance during peak hours. (I imagine not much difference if there weren't so many users) For comparison - I was using an SB6141 prior - and now I'm getting much more stable performance. I think my latency is a little worse connecting to my old router - but should be closer if I connect directly to the primary.
Bonus: Since it's also a router in-one. I went ahead and split my devices onto separate networks - to ease congestion.
SmallNetBuilder has a great series on networking basics which covers how to do this. Be sure to change the IP sub-range (192.168.xx.1) to prevent IP conflicts.
*How to check if your area supports it?
(if you go to 192.168.100.1 - that should give you access to your cable modem. If you see the channels 8+, odds are you have more to bond to. Although you can keep restarting your modem and see all the different ones it connects to)