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[HELP] Which modem should I buy for Teksavvy Cable (Express)?

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May 25, 2012
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RICHMOND HILL

[HELP] Which modem should I buy for Teksavvy Cable (Express)?

I am looking to sign up for Teksavvy Cable (Express) and I have no idea which modem to buy from their list.

There are 10+ choices. Is one better than the other? Please help. Thank you very much.

DOCSIS 2.0
Motorola SB5101N - 2.1.7.0
Motorola SB6120 - 1.0.6.1
Motorola SB6121 - 1.0.6.1
Joohong SL-2810 - 10.2.7
SMC D3GN-RES - 1.4.0.40-RES
Thomson/RCA DCM425 - ST52.08.31
Thomson DCM 475 - STAC.02.16

DOCSIS 3.0
Motorola SB6120 - 1.0.6.1
Motorola SB6121 - 1.0.6.1
SMC D3GN-RES - 1.4.0.40-RES
Thomson DCM 475 - STAC.02.16
Technicolor DCM476 STAC.02.31 HW Ver 20

Also, is there anywhere I can get them for cheaper?
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I ordered the Thompson DCM 425 from Teksavvy a couple of months ago when I signed up. It's working fine, and I have never had an issue it the internet service or the modem.

I use the lite package,and I don't plan to upgrade my package. so the docsis 2.0 modems were fine for me.

I saw people selling them on Kijiji for a lower price, but maybe you could find a cheaper price online somewhere.
The only caveat of buying your own modem is that they might become incompatible one day.
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I'm using the Thomson DCM 475 which I ordered from Teksavvy. So far its been good and decent. I recommend the docsis 3.0 since its a better long term investment in my opinion since internet will most likely get faster which makes docsis 2.0 outdated.
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May 25, 2012
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RICHMOND HILL
Thanks for the inputs guys.
Can I get Docsis 3.0 for 18mbps tho? (it says its meant for 25 mpbs etc.)
Thanks again
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DOCIS 3.0 is backwards compatible with 2.0 so there should be no problem :D
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netcreature wrote:
May 26th, 2012 7:18 pm
Thanks for the inputs guys.
Can I get Docsis 3.0 for 18mbps tho? (it says its meant for 25 mpbs etc.)
Thanks again

Yes, I am using Docsis 3.0 on 18Gb Acanac.
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netcreature wrote:
May 26th, 2012 5:06 pm
I am looking to sign up for Teksavvy Cable (Express) and I have no idea which modem to buy from their list.

There are 10+ choices. Is one better than the other? Please help. Thank you very much.

DOCSIS 2.0
Motorola SB5101N - 2.1.7.0
Motorola SB6120 - 1.0.6.1
Motorola SB6121 - 1.0.6.1
Joohong SL-2810 - 10.2.7
SMC D3GN-RES - 1.4.0.40-RES
Thomson/RCA DCM425 - ST52.08.31
Thomson DCM 475 - STAC.02.16

DOCSIS 3.0
Motorola SB6120 - 1.0.6.1
Motorola SB6121 - 1.0.6.1
SMC D3GN-RES - 1.4.0.40-RES
Thomson DCM 475 - STAC.02.16
Technicolor DCM476 STAC.02.31 HW Ver 20

Also, is there anywhere I can get them for cheaper?


These arent even available for sale at teksavvy. This is merely a list of compatible modems you can use, but not necessarily available from them. If you find a source for SB6121 then I too would be interested.
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May 25, 2012
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RICHMOND HILL
rageking wrote:
May 27th, 2012 9:50 am
These arent even available for sale at teksavvy. This is merely a list of compatible modems you can use, but not necessarily available from them. If you find a source for SB6121 then I too would be interested.

Sorry I am a little confused here. Dont quite get what you meant by 'they arent available from them'?
I thought they do sell them at $75(2.0) / $99 (3.0) + $10 shipping? Please advise. Thanks
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"
Modems

Purchase

Shipping


3Mb and 18Mb speeds

DCM425 (DOCSIS 2.0)

$75

$10



28Mb speed

DCM476 (DOCSIS 3.0)

$99

$10
"

These are not the models you listed. They are selling 1 brand it looks like and it isnt motorola
[OP]
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May 25, 2012
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RICHMOND HILL
Thanks for straightening things out. So I assume you are saying 'motorola' is better? If so, where can i get them?
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Jan 16, 2009
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Go with the DCM475/476 and you will be set for now and the future.

Some people like the Motorola ones better, but the most popular models don't even offer you the 8-channel bonding that Rogers is beginning to roll out. Can't go wrong buying the DCM475/476 from the ISP.
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May 25, 2012
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RICHMOND HILL
If I am using it for 18mps (express), is there a point getting DCM475/DCM476?
Or should I stick with DCM425?

Thanks again
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netcreature wrote:
May 27th, 2012 10:08 pm
If I am using it for 18mps (express), is there a point getting DCM475/DCM476?
Or should I stick with DCM425?

Thanks again
Yes, you should definitely spend a little more and get the Docsis 3 modem (475/476 - they've recently introduced a new model number, upping it by 1, but it's basically the same thing)

The Docsis 2 modems like the 425 only use 1 channel, so if you are congested, there's nothing you can do. The Docsis 3 475/476 uses up to 8 down and 4 up (even if you go with a lower-speed package). Think of it as being on a 1-lane road vs a 8-lane road. Much better performance even if you are in a busy area.

Plus Docsis 3 will be the standard for the forseeable future, so if you get a compatible modem, it should be state-of-the-art for a long time.
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May 25, 2012
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RICHMOND HILL
avp77 wrote:
May 27th, 2012 11:44 pm
Yes, you should definitely spend a little more and get the Docsis 3 modem (475/476 - they've recently introduced a new model number, upping it by 1, but it's basically the same thing)

The Docsis 2 modems like the 425 only use 1 channel, so if you are congested, there's nothing you can do. The Docsis 3 475/476 uses up to 8 down and 4 up (even if you go with a lower-speed package). Think of it as being on a 1-lane road vs a 8-lane road. Much better performance even if you are in a busy area.

Plus Docsis 3 will be the standard for the forseeable future, so if you get a compatible modem, it should be state-of-the-art for a long time.

Thank you very much for the detail explanation, avp77.
I really appreciate this! DCM475/476 it is!
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