The ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem is similar in a lot of ways to its predecessor, the Arris Motorola SB6141. What makes ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 so different is its design and its full range of capabilities. The ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 allows for amazing download speeds because of its 16 x 4 channel bonding.
It is compatible with a number of cable internet providers. For example, the ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem is compatible with 3 of the biggest cable internet providers in the U.S., such as Comcast, Cox and Time Warner Cable. It is not compatible with Charter cable network, though. The SB6183 is also compatible with Bright House Networks, Cable One and RCN.
ARRIS makes the claim that the SurfBoard SB618 cable modem is the fastest DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem of its kind. There is a plenty of truth to this claim. Since the ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 has as many as 16 channels that you can download from, it gives you amazing download speeds, theoretically up to 686 Mbps – which is pretty impressive for a cable modem.
However, it is important to understand that you will get such high speeds only if your ISP has tiers of service that are in this range. Getting the maximum theoretical speed is difficult because you will have to take the overhead and the network congestion into consideration. But make no mistake, the ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 does give you download speeds of over 500 Mbps quite easily.
Setting up the ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem is pretty easy. But you may find it hard to combine it with Apple Airport, at least initially. For the most part, the ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 is a very trustworthy cable modem, which offers a very high degree of consistency as far as the internet speed is concerned. For sure it’s not as high as you would probably want, but it is still higher than what you would get with most of the other cable modems out there.
What about the price? The ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 costs $96 – which is actually a reasonable price for it. For sure there are other cable modems that cost less, but very few come close to matching the high quality of the ARRIS SURFboard SB6183. It is way ahead of the competition when it comes to the download speed, so this makes things like streaming an HD movie on the SB6183 a real pleasure.
For sure, the ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 is not perfect, but it is still way better than most of the other products in its category. It has everything you would expect from a top-rated cable modem. It meets the latest IPv6 and DOCSIS standards and enjoys backward compatibility with DOCSIS 1.0, 2.0 and IPv4.
Even if your service provider hasn’t upgraded to DOCSIS 3.0, with ARRIS SURFboard SB6183, you will be ready when they do. The ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 comes with a Gigabit Ethernet port which makes it possible to link the modem to multiple devices. Even if there is a drop on the performance across multiple devices, it really isn’t much.
But the most important reason why the ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 to be a cut above the rest is the download speed. It is by far the fastest cable modem in its category when it comes to downstream rates. Downstream is the technology you use for downloading and watching HD movies. The upstream with ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 is also quite impressive, at around 131 Mbps.