The NETGEAR N600 Wi-Fi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router is a very good all-round modem that works very well with a majority of the cable internet providers in the market such as Comcast, Cox, Time Warner Cable and Charter. It offers first rate speeds and a very high level of performance. We are also quite impressed with its high ISP compatibility and well thought out design.
We liked that the NETGEAR N600 is so competitively priced. It comes with a Wi-Fi router – which is something you don’t see often with cable modems – and appeals to a wide range of consumers. For sure, the NETGEAR N600 looks good from many angles, and users will appreciate its simple and straightforward set-up.
There are some drawbacks associated with the product, such as that the Wi-Fi does not have the range that many users expect it to have. Many customers did not like the fact that they had to pay extra for the phone support – which is only free for the first 90 days. Luckily, the Netgear’s email support is free.
The thing we liked the most about NETGEAR N600 Wi-Fi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router is its compatibility with all major cable internet providers. It does not matter if you have Charter, Cox, Time Warner Cable or Comcast – you will be able to use NETGEAR N600 quite comfortably with any of them.
Indeed, NETGEAR N600 works well with other less known cable internet providers such as RCN, Bright House Networks and Cable One. So no matter what your current cable internet provider is, chances are that NETGEAR N600 should work well with them. In fact, even if you were to change your cable internet provider in the future, you can expect NETGEAR N600 to work with the new service as well. So, essentially, the NETGEAR N600 makes you future proof.
The NETGEAR N600 is quite fast and offers a maximum download speed of 343 Mbps and upload speed of 131 Mbps. Of course, these are only theoretical speeds and they do not take into consideration factors such as network congestion, interference and overhead. Still, even in a real scenario, you can expect NETGEAR N600 to give you a reasonably high download speed of 250 Mbps.
One of the most impressive aspects of the NETGEAR N600 Wi-Fi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router is that it has one of the lowest housing temperatures among all the cable internet modems in its category. It runs pretty cool even at a temperature of 87.7 degrees Fahrenheit, which is pretty impressive indeed. For this reason, NETGEAR N600 is capable of lasting much longer than the other cable modems in its category. It is by far one of the most energy efficient modems that we have seen.
Since the NETGEAR N600 uses the latest DOCSIS (expanded as Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) standard, i.e., DOCSIS 3.0, it is capable of delivering pretty high upload and download speeds. The high download and upload speeds are because of channel bonding, which allows the NETGEAR N600 to pack multiple data channels into a single download or upload stream.
The NETGEAR N600 comes with a reset button, which is very useful when you are troubleshooting your internet connection. It comes with a gigabit Ethernet port as well, which allows you to connect an external hard disk to your home network.
Yes, the NETGEAR N600 is very much worth the extra money that you will need to pay for it. Also, remember, the NETGEAR N600 Cable Modem Router comes with a Wi-Fi capability, which is not something you would normally associate with a cable internet modem. So it’s pretty impressive in a lot of ways. We recommend the NETGEAR N600 Wi-Fi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router highly.