The best combo modem router? Check out these Arris and Netgear combo modems.
Best Cable Modem Router Combo
Easiest Option, All in One Combo.
Netgear C7000 Fully Approved.
24 download channels. USB Ports.
Arris SBG7580 100% Compatible.
32 download channels. No USB Ports.
Voice Combo Modem Routers
Required for Triple Play Xfinity Voice.
What is the difference in these two modem routers?
Well, they are both approved for Comcast Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, COX and more. They are compatible with all cable internet providers. However the Netgear is 24 download channels while the Arris has 32 channels. This means the Arris can get download speeds up to 1.4Gbps. The thing is, they do not exist for most ISP’s and the Netgear will be fast enough for any package at 1Gbps. Because the speeds are not rolled out and you surely do not have them, this is not a deciding factor.
The Netgear has a stronger wifi rating at AC1900 while the Arris is rated at AC1750. This is not a huge difference so do not let it change your decision. Performance wise, one could say they are almost the same with the Arris having a higher download rating and the Netgear having a better wireless rating, making Netgear the winner here. But the main difference that stands out to us is the Netgear has the well known Netgear interface and firmware that has been preferred by most tech support gurus for decades. Meanwhile the Arris has the lesser known, lesser used and lesser preferred interface and firmware. I myself only used it once while setting up a combo modem for my ex, and I did not like the interface. It felt dumbed down yet complicated and non-intuitive. She only bought it because it was cheaper and since has had to replace it with a separate cable modem and wifi router instead of an all in one gateway modem like these. Her house is really large though.
|C7000 vs SBG7580:||Netgear||Arris|
|USB Ports:||USB 2.0||(1) no functionality|
|Sources: Comcast | Netgear|
The biggest difference though? The Arris combo modem does not have a USB port. Yes, you may see one on it, but it does not have functionality. It is likely for a service port if you have to return it and they need to upgrade the firmware or something. The Netgear C7000 combo does have a USB 2.0 port. Why does this even matter? The USB port allows you to plug in an external hard drive and create a network attached storage so that you may back up your files from any computer in the house and even put your downloaded movies onto it for your smart devices to access them and stream. It’s really ideal for anyone not living in a cave.
For most people the combo modem will be the best option. A combo modem is both the modem and router in one piece of equipment. Because the devices are consolidated, you have a lot less wires and complication to deal with. It is wireless AC1900 so it is great for a small 2 bedroom apartment to small one story house, but do not get this if you have a larger home and multiple floors.
Cons: The reasons I would not go with this combo modem router is because I prefer two devices. Sure it is a single device with less wires to manage, but I prefer two separate devices so if one fails, you only have to replace one. Bottom line? Great coverage, still good for non power users who just want the easiest option for a normal sized living situation. This makes it the best combo modem for Comcast Xfinity, COX, and Time Warner users.
Do I need a combo modem or router?
Yes, you will need a router or a combo modem to get a wireless signal. Here are the differences.
Modem: The required device that picks up the cable internet signal coming into your home. If you have only one computer and do not need wifi internet, you can hook straight into it without a router.
Router: The device that hooks up to the modem and cast a wireless signal and allows more than one computer / device to connect. It also has a built in firewall to protect your network from intrusions.
Combo Modem / Router: Both of those in one piece of equipment to save space and simplify things.