RCN Approved Modems

RCN is a different ISP (internet service provider). You must meet RCN’s requirements in choosing a modem for their internet service, because they do not offer an actual RCN approved modems list. If you meet RCN’s following qualifications, a modem should work on their network.

  • At least 8 Downstream Channels
  • DOCSIS 3.0 or DOCSIS 3.1 certified
  • Cannot be an eMTA (cable modem and telephone adapter); phone service requires a RCN provided eMTA in addition to an approved modem
  • Customers with fiber-to-the-home service must use a RCN internet device
  • Currently not compatible with the RCN network: Motorola MB8600 DOCSIS 3.1 modem

The modems listed on this page carry the minimum modem requirements for RCN internet service.

Read the Cable Modem Buying Guide to help you choose a modem. Do not forget to purchase your modem accessories.

Internet providers have begun removing some DOCSIS 3.0 modems from their networks. To maximize the years of use from a modem, it is strongly recommended to purchase a DOCSIS 3.1 device (the latest standard).

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Last Updated: January 1, 2022

Recommended RCN Approved Modems for January 2022

Best Modem Value

NETGEAR CM500 DOCSIS 3.0 RCN Approved Modems
NETGEAR CM500 Cable Modem
Model #NETGEAR CM500
DOCSIS3.0
ColorBlack
WiFi RouterNo
VoIP Telephone AdapterNo

Best DOCSIS 3.1 Modem

ARRIS S33 DOCSIS 3.1 RCN Approved Modems
ARRIS S33 Cable Modem
Model #ARRIS S33
DOCSIS3.1
ColorWhite
WiFi RouterNo
VoIP Telephone AdapterNo

Best WiFi Modem

NETGEAR Nighthawk AX6000 CAX80 WiFi 6 Router DOCSIS 3.1 RCN Approved Modems
NETGEAR AX6000 CAX80 WiFi 6 Router DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem
Model #NETGEAR CAX80
DOCSIS3.1
ColorBlack
WiFi RouterYes (WiFi 6)
VoIP Telephone AdapterNo

Full RCN Approved Modem List

The Modems Listed Below Are All DOCSIS 3.0 Modems Unless Indicated as a DOCSIS 3.1 Modem
♦ Indicates an Intel Puma Chipset Defect – Do Not Buy

Note: ✅ means Yes, ❌ means No

BrandModel #ChannelsVoIPWiFi
ARRISCM8200ADOCSIS 3.1
ARRISDG2460 ♦24×8
ARRISS33DOCSIS 3.1
ARRISSB61418×4
ARRISSB61808×4
ARRISSB61828×4
ARRISSB618316×4
ARRISSB6190 ♦32×8
ARRISSB8200DOCSIS 3.1
ARRISSBG10 ♦16×4
ARRISSBG64008×4
ARRISSBG65808×4
ARRISSBG6700-AC8×4
ARRISSBG6782-AC8×4
ARRISSBG6900-AC16×4
ARRISSBG6950AC2 ♦16×4
ARRISSBG7400AC2 ♦24×8
ARRISSBG7580-AC ♦32×8
ARRISSBG7600AC2 ♦32×8
ARRISSBG8300DOCSIS 3.1
ASUSCM-1616×4
ASUSCM-32 ♦32×8
ASUSCMAX6000DOCSIS 3.1
Cisco/LinksysDPC30088×4
CiscoDPC30108×4
CiscoDPC38258×4
D-LinkDCM-3018×4
LinksysCG7500 ♦24×8
LinksysCM30088×4
LinksysCM3016 ♦16×4
LinksysCM3024 ♦24×8
MotorolaMB72208×4
MotorolaMB742016×4
MotorolaMB762124×8
MotorolaMG73108×4
MotorolaMG73158×4
MotorolaMG754016×4
MotorolaMG755016×4
MotorolaMG770024×8
MotorolaMG8702DOCSIS 3.1
NETGEARC3000-100NAS8×4
NETGEARC3000v28×4
NETGEARC3700-100NAS8×4
NETGEARC3700v28×4
NETGEARC62208×4
NETGEARC625016×4
NETGEARC6300 ♦16×4
NETGEARC6300v2 ♦16×4
NETGEARC6300BD ♦8×4
NETGEARC690024×8
NETGEARC700024×8
NETGEARC7000v224×8
NETGEARC750024×8
NETGEARC7800DOCSIS 3.1
NETGEARCG3000D8×4
NETGEARCG3000Dv2 N4508×4
NETGEARCG4500BD8×4
NETGEARCM4008×4
NETGEARCM50016×4
NETGEARCM60024×8
NETGEARCM700 ♦32×8
NETGEARCM1000DOCSIS 3.1
NETGEARCM1000v2DOCSIS 3.1
NETGEARCM1100DOCSIS 3.1
NETGEARCM1200DOCSIS 3.1
NETGEARCM2000DOCSIS 3.1
NETGEARCAX30SDOCSIS 3.1
NETGEARCAX80DOCSIS 3.1
NETGEARCBR40 ♦32×8
SMCD3CM160416×4
TP-LinkARCHER CR50016×4
TP-LinkARCHER CR70016×4
TP-LinkCR190024×8
TP-LinkTC-76108×4
TP-LinkTC-762016×4
TP-LinkTC765024×8
TP-LinkTC-W79608×4
UbeeDDW3658×4
UbeeDDW3668×4
Zoom5341J8×4
Zoom53458×4
Zoom53508×4
Zoom53528×4
Zoom53548×4
Zoom53608×4
Zoom53638×4
Zoom537016×4
ZyxelCDA-303608×4

Channels: first # refers to downstream channels, second # refers to upstream channels (e.g. 16×4, means 16 downstream channels and 4 upstream channels)
DOCSIS 3.1 offers the fastest speeds

VoIP: indicates if the modem has telephone capability

WiFi: indicates if the modem has WiFi capability

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RCN serves the following areas: Boston, Chicago, Lehigh Valley, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.

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