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Comcast Triple Play modem

Post by go_mets » Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:34 pm

I am going to be helping out a friend with her TV + internet + voice service with Comcast.
She's moving into a new place later this month.

It appears that she will have to buy a cable modem that has telephony capability built-in if she wants voice.
According to Comcast's approved devices list, there appears to be 10 devices to choose from; 2 Netgears and 8 Arris (Motorola).
I used her zip code and download speed of 200 Mbps.
Is that speed adequate for streaming Netflix?

I am not sure which cable modem to suggest.

She's not technically saavy. Would a modem+router be better for her?
The Netgear C7100V is a whopping $280 !!!

What to do?


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Re: Comcast Triple Play modem

Post by PFInterest » Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:36 pm

10 is adequate for Netflix.
Look at the Wirecutter.
A better solution is separate devices, but if your friend is clueless maybe not.

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Re: Comcast Triple Play modem

Post by NavyIC3 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:38 pm

I have the Netgear CM500V. It was $129 at Bestbuy. Works perfectly. I use a seperate router.

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Re: Comcast Triple Play modem

Post by go_mets » Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:40 pm

PFInterest wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:36 pm
10 is adequate for Netflix.
Look at the Wirecutter.
A better solution is separate devices, but if your friend is clueless maybe not.
I just used your criteria of 10 Mbps, and the list of modem increases.
But if I include telephony it shrinks back down to a choice of 10.
Ugh!


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Re: Comcast Triple Play modem

Post by denovo » Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:41 pm

NavyIC3 wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:38 pm
I have the Netgear CM500V. It was $129 at Bestbuy. Works perfectly. I use a seperate router.
This works, with a decent router for another $30-40, that's like $160.

A good deal cheaper then renting from Comcast
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Re: Comcast Triple Play modem

Post by HueyLD » Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:46 pm

Please pay attention to OP’s post. His friend has Comcast voice and such modem must include telephony and $280 is cheap for a brand new one.

Do not suggest any el cheapo modem that does not have telephony capability.

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Re: Comcast Triple Play modem

Post by mbres60 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:49 pm

Telephony modems are expensive. Everyone who says theirs was cheap does not have telephone.

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Re: Comcast Triple Play modem

Post by mhalley » Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:52 pm

There are many more ways to get voip than the (usually expensive) offerings from the cable company. In addition, most feel that the devices they usually offer are not as good as seperate devices you can buy seperately. Paying more up front to decrease monthly fees forever is the best deal. I would recommend buying a seperate modem and wifi router, and get a cheaper voip device from someone like ooma (I pay about 5 bucks a month in junk fees for it).
https://www.ooma.com/voip/ooma-home-and ... gL2v_D_BwE (cheaper on amazon I believe).
A good modem would run about 50-80 bucks.
https://www.pcmag.com/feature/355809/ho ... your-isp/1
The router she will need will depend on how big the house is, what it is made of, etc. A mesh network seems to be the way to go for larger homes. If it is just a small apartment, then just a regular router would work.
https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2398080,00.asp (look at the budget buyers)
https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/350795/th ... rk-systems

The cost is going to be significant up front, similar to the telephony modem if she needs a mesh network, but should provide many years of use. In addition, if one component breaks, you don't have to replace the whole system.
Setting up wireless networks is not as difficult as in the past as many come with apps that make it relatively painless.
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Re: Comcast Triple Play modem

Post by euroswiss » Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:03 pm

mhalley wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:52 pm
There are many more ways to get voip than the (usually expensive) offerings from the cable company. In addition, most feel that the devices they usually offer are not as good as seperate devices you can buy seperately. Paying more up front to decrease monthly fees forever is the best deal. I would recommend buying a seperate modem and wifi router, and get a cheaper voip device from someone like Ooma (I pay about 5 bucks a month in junk fees for it).
https://www.ooma.com/voip/ooma-home-and ... gL2v_D_BwE
A good modem would run about 50-80 bucks.
https://www.pcmag.com/feature/355809/ho ... your-isp/1
The router she will need will depend on how big the house is, what it is made of, etc. A mesh network seems to be the way to go for larger homes.
https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/350795/th ... rk-systems
The cost is going to be significant up front, similar to the telephony modem, but should provide many years of use. In addition, if one component breaks, you don't have to replace the whole system.
I agree with this. Get Ooma or some other inexpensive VOIP provider. Getting the service from the cable company is almost never a good deal. Plus, the total cost of the hardware is likely significantly lower.

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Re: Comcast Triple Play modem

Post by go_mets » Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:09 pm

NavyIC3 wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:38 pm
I have the Netgear CM500V. It was $129 at Bestbuy. Works perfectly. I use a seperate router.
It is down to this one and adding a separate router or the C7100V which has the router.

I am reluctant to suggest anything else to this woman who is actually my mom's friend and is not at all technically saavy.
She would be living 1+ hr away, and I don't want to be technical support for multiple pieces of hardware.
This person has a bit of OCD.

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