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Spectrum Compatible Modem

Spectrum Compatible Modem & Routers List

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Wondering why you don’t get enough speed even though your Internet package has good Mbps? Chances are you need a new modem and router. They make a huge difference when it comes to Internet speed.

Fortunately, Spectrum Internet customers have a network approved modems and routers included in their plan. Additionally, you have the option to purchase your own. You can also rent a pre-configured WiFi router on a monthly fee. On the other hand, if you’re planning to use your own, you must be sure they are Spectrum compatible.

Most Recommended Spectrum Approved Modems

You can save $10 a month on your Spectrum Internet bill if you buy your own modem or router. To enjoy maximum speed, these are the most recommended Spectrum approved modems to choose from:

Brand Name Model Number (s) Max Speed
Arris SB6183 300Mbps
Netgear CM600 400Mbps
Netgear C7000 400Mbps

Most Recommended Spectrum Approved Routers

With packages like Spectrum TV Choice, you will need the best browsing speed to stream your favorite local channels online. It’s great that you have higher Mbps, but it would be best if you choose from the following to improve the strength of your connection.

Brand Name Model Number (s) Max Speed
Linksys  EA7500 1900 Mbps
Netgear AX6000 6000 Mbps
Linksys  EA7500 1900 Mbps
Motorola  MG7550 1900 Mbps

Recommended for Spectrum Internet up to 60 Mbps

These are the models for 60 Mbps Internet:

Brand Name Model Number (s)
Arris SB6120, SB6121
Netgear CMD31T

Recommended for Spectrum Internet up to 100 Mbps

These are the Spectrum approved routers and modems for 100 Mbps Internet:

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Brand Name Model Number(s)
Arris SB6141, SBG6400, SBG6580, SBG6580-2, SBG6700-AC
Linksys CM3008
D-Link DCM301
Motorola MB7220, MG7310, MG7315
TP-Link TC-7610, TC-W7960
Netgear C3000, C3000-100NAS, CG3000D, C3700-100NAS, CM400
Zoom 5341J,  5345, 5350, 5352, 5354, 5360, 5363
Zyxel CDA30360

Recommended for Spectrum Internet up to 300 Mbps

If you have 300 Mbps of the Internet, these are your options in modems and routers:

Brand Name Model Number(s)
Arris SB6183, SBG6900-AC
Motorola MB7420, MG7540,  MG7550
ASUS CM-16
Netgear C6250, CM500, CM500-100NAS
TP-Link CR500, CR700, TC-7620
SMC Networks D3CM1604

Recommended for Charter Spectrum Internet up to 400 Mbps

Choose from the following options if your Internet speed is up to 400 Mbps. Just like you have the option of purchasing a digital receiver from Spectrum, you can buy/rent these modems and routers too.

Brand Name Model Number(s)
Arris SB6190, SBG7580, SBG7580-AC
ASUS CM-32, CM-32_AC2600
Linksys CM3024
Motorola MB7621
Netgear C6900, C7000-100NAS, CM600, CM700

Spectrum Approved Wireless Routers

Here is the list of wireless routers to choose from to enjoy high Internet provided by your TV Select + Internet plan:

Brand Name Model Number(s)
Sagemcom Spectrum Wave 2 RAC2V1S Sagemcom
Askey Spectrum Wave 2 RAC2VIK
Arris Spectrum Wave 2 RAC2VI1
Netgear WNDR 3800/4300
Netgear 6300
Sagemcom F@st 5260

Spectrum Minimally Qualified Modems

The minimally qualified modems don’t harm your network. However, they are not recommended since they haven’t been confirmed to deliver the internet service speed you have purchased.

Brand Name Model Number(s)
Arris SB8200, SB6183v2, SBG10, SBG6950, SBG6950 AC2, SBG7400, SBG7400 AC2, SBG7600, SBG8300
Linksys CG7500, CM3016
Motorola MB8600, MG7700
Netgear C3000v2, C3700v2, C6220, C6300-100NAS, C6300v2, C6300 D0, C7000, C7000v2, C7500, C7500 D0, C7800,  Cable Orbi CBR40 or CBK40, N450, N450-100NAS, N450 CG3000Dv2,  CM1000,  CM1000v2,  CM1100, CM1200 V1, CM1200-100NAS
TP-Link TC7650, CR1900
Zoom 5370

FAQs

What is the difference between a modem and WiFi router?

A modem is a device that connects to an ISA through a transport medium. This transport medium could be a cable Internet, a phone line, fiber optic, or fiber. A router, on the other hand, is a gateway between your WAN and LAN. It provides NAT and allows multiple devices to have their own local IPs.  In similar terms, a router connects to a modem for creating a private network in the home, office, etc. When you connect a device to a Wi-Fi, it connects to the local router.

Do you need a router if you have a modem?

There is no need for a router if you already have a modem. However, if you want to create a wireless connection and connect multiple devices to the internet, that will make a router mandatory.

Is a separate modem and router better?

When you go shopping for a modem or router, you will come across models that are both modem and router. This makes customers wonder if separate models are better than a combined model.

Experts say it is best to have a separate modem and router. This lets you enjoy fast Internet speed. Users often complain about performance issues with the combo models.

How do routers and modems work?

Routers allow you to move data from one network to another. The primary function of this device is to connect two networks together and keep the broadcast traffic under control. It assigns a local IP address to each device in the network. With this, it’s ensured that the data packets are sent to the right destination.

A modem sits between your computer and cable box. If you are using DSL, then the model will connect to the wall. Its job is to translate the data sent to it so that it can be displayed on your PC. A modem takes analog signals and converts them into digital signals. It is the device that connects you to the Internet.

Do I need a modem if I have a router?

Yes, you will need a modem because it is the device that connects you to the Internet. It is your first point of connection between the ISP and your network. A modem does not give you the functionality to create a wireless network. For that, you will need a router.

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