Suddenlink Approved Modems

Several devices appear on the Suddenlink approved modems list. You will find the best approved modems based on WiFi, DOCSIS 3.1, and value below. Suddenlink no longer maintains a official approved modems list. Suddenlink states as long as you use a DOCSIS 3.0 or DOCSIS 3.1 modem (no voice modems), it should work with their network.

As of February 5, 2021, Suddenlink now supports DOCSIS 3.1 modems. You may be in a region that currently does not offer DOCSIS 3.1 service. You may still use a DOCSIS 3.1 modem; it will operate in DOCSIS 3.0 mode until DOCSIS 3.1 is supported locally.

Suddenlink does not support voice modems. If you require telephone service, you must use a Suddenlink eMTA (cable modem and telephone adapter). You can still use your own cable modem for internet service.

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

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Last Updated: May 1, 2021

Recommended Suddenlink Approved Modems for May 2021

Best Modem Value

NETGEAR CM500 DOCSIS 3.0 Suddenlink Approved Modems
NETGEAR CM500 Cable Modem
Model #NETGEAR CM500
Download Speed680 Mbps
Channel Bonding16 Download & 4 Upload
DOCSIS3.0
ColorBlack
WiFi RouterNo
VoIP Telephone AdapterNo

Best DOCSIS 3.1 Modem

Motorola MB8600 DOCSIS 3.1 Suddenlink Approved Modems
Motorola MB8600 Cable Modem
Model #Motorola MB8600
Download Speed3.8 Gbps
Channel Bonding32 Download & 8 Upload
DOCSIS3.1
ColorBlack
WiFi RouterNo
VoIP Telephone AdapterNo

Best WiFi Modem

NETGEAR Nighthawk AX6000 CAX80 WiFi 6 Router DOCSIS 3.1 Suddenlink Approved Modems
NETGEAR AX6000 CAX80 WiFi 6 Router DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem
Model #NETGEAR CAX80
Download Speed10 Gbps
Channel Bonding32 Download & 8 Upload
DOCSIS3.1
ColorBlack
WiFi RouterYes (WiFi 6)
VoIP Telephone AdapterNo

Full Suddenlink Approved Modem List

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

Note: ✅ means Yes, ❌ means No

BrandModel #ChannelsVoIPWiFi
ARRISS33*32×8
ARRISDG2460 ♦24×8
ARRISSB61418×4
ARRISSB61808×4
ARRISSB61828×4
ARRISSB618316×4
ARRISSB6190 ♦32×8
ARRISSB8200*32×8
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
ARRISSBG8300* ♦32×8
ASUSCM-1616×4
ASUSCM-32 ♦32×8
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
MotorolaMB8600*32×8
MotorolaMB8611*32×8
MotorolaMG73108×4
MotorolaMG73158×4
MotorolaMG754016×4
MotorolaMG755016×4
MotorolaMG770024×8
MotorolaMG8702*32×8
NETGEARC3000-100NAS8×4
NETGEARC3000v28×4
NETGEARC3700-100NAS8×4
NETGEARC3700v28×4
NETGEARC62208×4
NETGEARC623016×4
NETGEARC625016×4
NETGEARC6300 ♦16×4
NETGEARC6300v2 ♦16×4
NETGEARC6300BD ♦8×4
NETGEARC690024×8
NETGEARC700024×8
NETGEARC7000v224×8
NETGEARC750024×8
NETGEARC7800*32×8
NETGEARCG3000D8×4
NETGEARCG3000Dv2 N4508×4
NETGEARCG4500BD8×4
NETGEARCM4008×4
NETGEARCM50016×4
NETGEARCM60024×8
NETGEARCM700 ♦32×8
NETGEARCM1000*32×8
NETGEARCM1000v2*32×8
NETGEARCM1100*32×8
NETGEARCM1200*32×8
NETGEARCM2000*32×8
NETGEARCAX30*32×8
NETGEARCAX80*32×8
NETGEARCBR40 ♦32×8
NETGEARCBR750* ♦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)
The more channels, the faster the speed

VoIP: indicates if the modem has telephone capability

WiFi: indicates if the modem has WiFi capability

Suddenlink Approved Modems Removed in July 2017
ARRIS SB6190

Suddenlink Approved Modems Added in March 2018
ARRIS SB6190

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90 thoughts on “Suddenlink Approved Modems”

  1. I am looking at an ARRIS SURFboard SBG6900-AC to use when in Arizona for the winter with sudden link and use in Montana with century link the other half of year. Will this work?

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  2. I’m in the process of buying my own equipment I have suddenlink internet, Netgear CM500 is all I need or I need something else? Thank you.

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  3. Anyone know if the Arris SB8200 is approved by Suddenlink yet ? This is a DOCSIS 3
    .1 Modem but fully backwards compatible. Thanks. What is up with the Intel Puma Chip set ? Gee whiz folks.

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    • The ARRIS SB8200 may work in your local area in DOCSIS 3.0 mode (Suddenlink does not support DOCSIS 3.1 at this time).

      Yes, the Intel Puma chipset is an absolute mess for the modem industry – made worse by continuing to sell these defective products on the market years after the defective discoveries.

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    • You maybe able to use the Motorola MB8600 (the MB8600 is not a NETGEAR model) with Suddenlink. If you want to be absolutely certain the device will work in your region, you should contact Suddenlink for verification. Officially, Suddenlink does not support DOCSIS 3.1 modems; the MB8600 is a DOCSIS 3.1 modem, so it will only operate in DOCSIS 3.0 mode.

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    • I bought an MB8600 back in Mid 2017 with the hopes of working on my Suddenlink service – at the time, it did not. I spent a fair amount of time on the phone with a seemingly capable tech trying to get it online to no avail. That was then. Maybe now, 3-1/2 years later, Suddenlink provisioning works. I may research it, because I ended up with using a ARRIS SB6190 which is now on the sh*t list even though is seems to work.

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      • Thanks for the info, Timber. The official word from Suddenlink is they do not support DOCSIS 3.1 modems., but select people may get them to work in their region (most likely in DOCSIS 3.0 mode only).

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  4. I too am shopping for my own modem/wifi combo and I will also need voice for Suddenlink service. Will the Motorola MT7711 work?

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    • Frances L., the Motorola MT7711 may work with Suddenlink for internet only. Suddenlink requires use of their own eMTA for phone service, however. Good luck, Frances!

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  5. I just wanted to chime in here and say that I am now using an Arris (CommScope now?) SURFBOARD SB8200 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem with Suddenlink now. There are a couple of caveats though. One, is that while it does connect and work, it does not yet go into DOCSIS 3.1 mode. It is still only operating in DOCSIS 3.0 mode. You can tell this because the uplink and downlink indicators stay green and do not change to blue. According to what I have been told, they are still working on getting the DOCSIS 3.1 support enabled on their backend network. Two, is that they are still not pushing a modern firmware for the modem. Since the cable provider is in full control of what firmware is used, it is pretty irresponsible of them not to push the latest firmware to address any security concerns that may have been addressed in newer firmware releases.

    It is sad that companies like Suddenlink just do not seem to be capable of managing their networks correctly.

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    • Thanks, Richard, for your informative comments. Suddenlink does not support DOCSIS 3.1 modems (nor voice modems). Their network is really limiting compared to other ISPs, unfortunately.

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  6. Question – I am wanting to upgrade to a 400GBS Internet service on Suddenlink. I have our phone line through there as well – the phone is strictly Analog and uses the old phone lines. Is there a new modem that will allow me to continue with the phone service as well as upgrade to the 400GBS service?

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    • No, Richard, Suddenlink does not support voice modems. You must use a Suddenlink eMTA for phone service. You can still use your own modem for internet service.

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      • Can you explain this a bit? “You must use a Suddenlink eMTA for phone service. You can still use your own modem for internet service.”

        I have a phone landline through Suddenlink’s service like the post above. Is the Arris TM822 that I got from them the “Suddenlink eMTA” you’re referring to, through which I can continue to get phone service? How would I connect another upgraded modem of my own for internet service with the TM822 connected to the cable?

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        • If you got the eMTA (ARRIS TM822) from Suddenlink, you should be able to continue to use that for phone service. Suddenlink has stated that there is no charge for a phone modem.

          To connect multiple modems together, you may use a cable splitter or multiple coaxial cable connections if your home has them.

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  7. Can I use a netgear cm500v with my suddenlink service. I am having issues with the original router provided. The router just shuts down and takes awhile before it restarts. I just want to purchase a router to support my voice and internet.

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    • No, Bobby, Suddenlink requires use of their own telephone adapter (eMTA) for phone service. You would be better off purchasing a modem without voice like the NETGEAR CM500 and a separate router to use along with the Suddenlink provided eMTA.

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  8. Ok, so I’m considering switching to suddenlink because I’m unhappy with ATT. Suddenlink is my only other option in my neighborhood. According to their website, If i want their 1GB speed I need a 32×8 channel modem. However, on your website all the 32×8 modems have the puma chipset that you recommend not buying. Would a 24×8 modem work with 1GB service? Or would it be better to not get the 1GB service and instead get the 400mb service and downgrade to a 24×8? Or, are there some 32×8 modems I can buy that are compatible with suddenlink that dont have the puma chipset?

    thanks for your help and info.

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    • The problem with Suddenlink is they don’t support DOCSIS 3.1 modems. If they did, Michael, you would have a lot more choices for a modem. So, you are either stuck with one of the Intel Puma chipsets modems or get a modem from Suddenlink so they can deal with any issues you may have with a bad modem (lease fees may apply). The other option is to just go with a slower speed and get a non-Puma device for now and wait for DOCSIS 3.1 availability (there are a few DOCSIS 3.1 modems that do not contain the bad Intel Puma chipsets).

      You could wait for Suddenlink to start offering support for DOCSIS 3.1 modems, but that technology is not new and has been around for a few years. The fact that Suddenlink still doesn’t support DOCSIS 3.1 is alarming.

      You can use a 24×8 modem for 1 Gbps service but you will not reach the full speed of the service you are paying for (you are kind of wasting money paying for something you are not taking full advantage of from your speed tier).

      Hope that helps, Michael.

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      • Thanks alot for the info. We’ve been making it work with 50mbps for 4 years so i think 400 should be plenty. I’ll prob go that route. This site was a big help, thanks.

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  9. Anything faster than a T1 connection is fast for me, LOL. I’m on a legacy plan with blazing 3 Mbps download speeds. The Ambit modem I’ve rented for 12 years now seems to be dying. The last electrical thunderstorm that rolled through may have got to it. Thinking of buying a MB7621 to replace the rented Ambit. Upgrade data plan some day soon.

    Do I have to schedule a tech to come out and baby sit the installation of the new modem? Or, can I just plug-n-play it and then call someone at Suddenlink to enable it on their network?

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  10. Im looking for a router modem combo with a phone jack that will work with Suddenlink 1g service and Im having a hard time finding one. I contacted Suddenlink directly and they said I should ask someone at Best Buy. I did that and they sent me back to suddenlink, then I tried Arris and Netgear directly and they didnt know. Im okay with a seprate Modem and Router, can you tell me what you would rent me?

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    • A phone jack will do you no good with Suddenlink service. If you need phone service, Suddenlink requires use of their own eMTA (cable modem and telephone adapter). You will need to contact Suddenlink to rent a phone modem from them.

      Rusty, stay safe!

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  11. Comment on the Arris SB6183 and Suddenlink compatibility: Suddenlink pushes an old firmware version (SB6183-9.2.0.0-GA-03-29-NOS) onto these modems.

    This firmware has known bugs that can cause connection and download issues. The firmware has been fixed by Arris, but the bad firmware continues to be pushed out by Suddenlink.

    https://support.eero.com/hc/en-us/articles/209384066-I-have-an-Arris-SB6183-modem-and-I-m-experiencing-issues-with-my-eero-network-

    Many other ISPs (Time Warner Cable, Comcast, etc.) starting pushing the firmware update around 2015/2016.

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  12. Question, why does the Netgear C7000vs say “For Cable Plans Up to 400 Mbps ” in the title but looks liek it can go faster by the specs?

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    • Hello David,

      Most modem manufactures state faster speeds on their packaging than the ISP (Internet service provider) actually allows. There are various factors that slow the capable speeds of modems (network capabilities are a determining factor). Many ISPs present Internet plans at 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps, 400 Mbps, then it jumps up to 1 Gig service levels, which the C7000 is not capable of hitting (you need a DOCSIS 3.1 modem to reach 1 Gig speed). So for some ISPs, the C7000 will only be good for up to a 400 Mbps plan. If an ISP offers a 500 Mbps or 700 Mbps speed tier, the C7000 should hit those speeds if the ISP allows it.

      Keep in mind, the speeds on the modem package are not a guarantee.

      You can read more about inaccurate advertised speed claims on the Cable Modem Buying Guide.

      Stay safe, David.

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  13. We have Suddenlink for Tv, internet and phone. We have 2 modems, one for phone and another for internet. The internet modem is Arris TG2482A and then there is an Actiontec ECB2500C (which appears to be a splitter) and the phone modem is Arris TM822G.

    My question is can we consolidate to the Arris TG2482A and eliminate the Phone modem?

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    • Sorry, Judy, Suddenlink requires use of their own eMTA (cable modem and telephone adapter) for phone service. The only way to get rid of the ARRIS TM822G is to drop phone service.

      If Suddenlink provided both of the ARRIS devices to you, then they can’t utilize the ARRIS TG2482A as a phone modem. If Suddenlink could activate the phone portion of the ARRIS TG2482A that would obviously solve your issue since the TG2482A has everything you need in one device.

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  14. The fastest internet package I can get through Suddenlink is 150Mbps, would getting the modems that run close to 1Gig be a huge waste? I want to maximize the limited plan I’m getting but don’t want to waste money buying a modem that far outpaces the available connection. I was looking at something in the ARRIS brand, could you make any suggestion to help out? Sorry, this is just all new to me and I want to make the most effective decision I can for my wallet and performance. I would greatly appreciate anything you can tell me to make an informed decision!

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    • Suddenlink is the only ISP to not allow DOCSIS 3.1 modems (the fastest modems you can purchase – what you really need for true 1 Gig speeds). So you wouldn’t be able to to get the latest modems, so no need to really worry about a modem outpacing your current needs. For the ARRIS brand the ARRIS SB6183 is your best option (even allows for future speed upgrades if that happens for you). Be aware that most ARRIS modems contain a bad Intel Puma chipset, but the SB6183 is safe to use. If you want a cheaper modem, but a different brand, Motorola MB7220 is also a good choice.

      Hopefully that helps you, Skylar.

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  15. Currently have DSL from local NE Texas ISP. Fastest plan is 80mbps/10mbps billed at $69.95. Its been rock solid at exactly the advertised speed at all times for years. Suddenlink recently pulled fiber through our neighborhood and when I provide my address they offer up to 1gbps/50mbps plan for $50 with lifetime no cost increase. I’ve reviewed your very helpful info on Puma Chipsets, approved modems for Suddenlink and believe I’ve come to the conclusion there is no modem available that would reliably support Suddenlink top tier plan where I would actually get full 1gbps (940mbps) speeds. It appears only Docsis 3.0 puma chipset modems support 32×8 required to achieve actual 1gbps throughput. The next lower tier plan 400mbps/40mbps is just $10 less per month but I’ve read they increase the cost after initial agreement period is over. In your modem buying guide you indicate Docsis 3.1 modems may operate at Docsis 3.0 mode on networks not yet supporting 3.1. I did not find any Docsis 3.1 modems in your suddenlink approved list. So is Docsis 3.1 32×8 modem a bad idea for Suddenlink? If I choose a Docsis 24×8 non-puma modem and sign up for the 1gbps/50mbps plan do you know what realistic speeds I might achieve? Would they exceed 400mbps?

    I’ve read horrendous reviews on Suddenlink customer service both for their internet and Altice TV bundle. I’m wondering if the puma issue with the modem can affect the Altice service. I’m assuming its just IP streams through the cable modem. In other words if I avoid puma modem maybe I could avoid all the problems many are reporting with both internet and TV service. Appreciate any info on my situation and I found your website very helpful.

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    • Thanks for the kind words, Steve, and glad you find this site helpful. No ISP (internet service provider) is perfect, so there will always be bad reviews. Some people just have unrealistic expectations (like losing service during a natural disaster) that can make some reviews look skewed. Definitely stay away from any Intel Puma chipset modem as that will help you rule out any connection issues. Many people probably are using Puma modems and that will give them a bad overall experience and bad reviews of the ISP.

      Anything over 500 Mbps will be vastly superior in speed terms compared to your old DSL speeds. If you can lock-in that $50 a month for lifetime 1 Gig speed, do it! Even if your modem can’t pull-in that speed right now, eventually you can upgrade to a faster DOCSIS 3.1 modem. Currently, Suddenlink does not support DOCSIS 3.1 modems, but maybe your local area now allows them since you just got fiber rolled-out to your residential area. All the DOCSIS 3.0 32×8 modems utilize Intel Puma chipsets.

      First step, contact Suddenlink and see if they will allow a DOCSIS 3.1 modem for your street address. If they say no, then get a 24×8 modem from the list above (here is a suggestion: Motorola MB7621). Comcast states on their network, the MB7621 will operate at about 845 Mbps. While Comcast is not your ISP, they do offer info on speeds for modems. You may get different speeds in your area, but it should be close. And the 845 Mbps speed is close to 1 Gig speed (1000 Mbps); you can upgrade at a later point with a true 1 gig modem (DOCSIS 3.1 when Suddenlink allows them).

      Hope that helps you, Steve.

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  16. I tried their chat and that was pretty much useless so I called and spoke with someone. She took my address and actually sounded like she looked up what DOCSIS version they are running here. She said my neighborhood is running DOCSIS 3.1. I live in Southview Village Development in Fate Texas north east of Dallas in Rockwall County. Assuming this is accurate this obviously opens up possibilities of actually getting actual gigbit speeds while avoiding Puma chipset modems. Now I just have to figure out how to get coax signal from outside to my office where my router & main switch are located. Thanks so much for your help.

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    • Hopefully she didn’t lie to you (reps sometimes give the wrong information). Good luck with your, hopefully, true 1 Gig connection, Steve.

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  17. I ordered a Motorola MB8600 DOCSIS 3.1 modem. Suddenlink is supposed to be out on Friday to do the install. Will report back how it goes.

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  18. I installed a new Arris SBG10 modem/router combo. The unit seems to be working fine, and my laptop said I had a secure connection, but I keep getting a “No Internet” error message. So I had to switch back to my old modem to send this message.

    The MAC ID on my new SBG10 is **redacted**

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  19. Suddenlink service was connected on Saturday. Fiber from the street to new box on the side of the house. Inside the box is ARRIS SDU RFoG CPE that converts to coax. Straight coax run to MB8600. Modem shows all 32×4 channels connected. 256QAM on the incoming channels with about 40db SNR. The modem front panel globe is green rather than Blue so it looks like they are not running DOCSIS 3.1 as I was told by their telephone rep. Regardless I’m getting over 900bmps incoming on wired connection and over 50mbps outgoing. Latency is rock solid at 9ms. Ping trace to google does not show the dropped packets and jitter from flawed Puma modems. Very happy with the service so far. So I can report at least in my neighborhood that Suddenlink is running DOCSIS 3.0 but Motorola MB8600 works well with their 1gbps service.

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    • Thanks for replying back, Steve. Too bad you are not receiving the blue globe for an actual DOCSIS 3.1 connection (for reference: the Motorola MB8600 Quick Start Guide, page 8). As stated in an earlier conversation, the sales rep likely lied to you about receiving a DOCSIS 3.1 connection. Suddenlink continues to not support DOCSIS 3.1 at this time (hopefully that will change soon). At least you are receiving a fast speed and have no connection issues. Enjoy it, Steve!

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    • Once Suddenlink officially supports DOCSIS 3.1, then the Suddenlink approved modem list will be updated. Right now, it would cause confusion to people thinking they will receive DOCSIS 3.1 speeds and service. Yes, DOCSIS 3.1 is backwards compatible with DOCSIS 3.0. So, for those reading this comment, you can try a DOCSIS 3.1 modem (no guarantee it will work with Suddenlink’s network, but if it does, it will run in DOCSIS 3.0 mode until Suddenlink supports DOCSIS 3.1).

      Suddenlink is the only cable internet service provider that still does not support DOCSIS 3.1 service (in all local regions). The bigger issue is why does Suddenlink not support DOCSIS 3.1 service in 2021 (years after other ISPs offer DOCSIS 3.1 speeds)?

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      • I currently have a netgear cm1000 a DOCSIS 3.1 modem and it is completely working fine. I have the 1 GB package from suddenlink and getting 950 MB down and 54 MB up.

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        • Yes, Daniel, a DOCSIS 3.1 modem (working in DOCSIS 3.0 mode) works for you in your region. Not everyone will be as lucky as you. Suddenlink operates in other regions as well, so there is no guarantee it will work for others. Officially, Suddenlink does not support DOCSIS 3.1.

          In other words, if Suddenlink continues to not support DOCSIS 3.1 modems, customers will never be able to go beyond 1 Gig speeds. Until Suddenlink supports DOCSIS 3.1 for everyone, DOCSIS 3.0 modems are recommended.

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          • I just spoke to a support rep at Suddenlink. She said Suddenlink, all regions, now supports DOCSIS 3.0, 3.1, and even 4.0.

          • Waiting for a response from Suddenlink on this. This post will be updated when that happens.

            **Update: Suddenlink has confirmed that they now support DOCSIS 3.1 in most regions. Info on this page has been updated.

  20. Upgrading to 1 gig service with Suddenlink this week. I bought a NETGEAR – Nighthawk AX6600 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router 3 weeks ago and just had it going with their cheap Aaris modem. Today, I bought a NETGEAR – Nighthawk CM1200 32 x 8 DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem. I cannot wait to get everything hooked up and see the difference.

    Please tell me this will be a good fit and will work with Suddenlink!!

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    • Lisa, you got the best combination of equipment (a DOCSIS 3.1 modem and a WiFi 6 router). You should be good to go for the next decade. Enjoy your new gear!

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  21. I’m about to move in a community in Texas that the only provider that can offer 1gig speed is Suddenlink. I wanted to buy a future proof modem+router but I don’t want to break the bank.

    Could you help me choose, please? These are my options.

    1. Motorola MB8600 modem + Motorola AC2600 wifi router

    2. Motorola MG8702

    3. Netgear C7800

    Thanks!

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    • The NETGEAR C7800 is a bit pricey, so ignore that device. Your best (and cheapest) option is the Motorola MB8600 combined with the Motorola MR2600. A stand-alone WiFi router will likely give you better performance and is easier to replace if the router needs to be upgraded later. Bench, the first option you listed will be best for your situation.

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      • Hello!

        I have a follow-up question, sorry if this is somewhat off topic. With regard to routers, I know you said that my first option is the best, I’m not that technical but I saw on Motorola’s website that “WiFi Speed: Up to 800 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and up to 1733 Mbps at 5 GHz” I’m not getting the full potential at 2.4GHz since I’ll get the 1gig plan. Is there a better wifi router that you can suggest? Is it okay to get a different brand? I’m looking at the Google Nest Wifi router.

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        • If you want the fastest WiFi speeds, you will need a WiFi 6 router. But that will be more expensive and then you go into the “breaking the bank” option. The best option for a WiFi 6 router is the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000, but it is expensive. The Google Nest (1.2 Gbps) max speed reflects combined top speeds across both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. Overall the 2.4 GHz band is slower than the 5 GHz band. If you want the fastest WiFi speeds, you will need to buy a more expensive router.

          Yes, it is okay to use different brands for a modem and router. Keep in mind, WiFi speeds in general will be slower due to wireless signals being affected by interference, building materials, device distance from router, etc. You will always get faster speeds hard-wiring devices.

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  22. Just got Suddenlink (it’s the only provider in my area), they provided an Arris DG3270A Modem/Router. Interestingly this model is not on the list above, and it seems to be performing above the listed spec as I’m getting ~850Gb down. Thinking of upgrading to hopefully better WiFi thinking either the Motorola MG8702 combo or the Motorola MB8600 with AC2600 router. Thoughts?

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    • Suddenlink no longer provides an official approved modem list, Pat. They state any DOCSIS 3.0 or 3.1 modem should work on their network. The ARRIS DG3270 (DG3270A) contains a bad Intel Puma chipset, however. You may encounter connection issues in the future.

      Both Motorola models you pointed out are safe from the bad chipsets of Intel. You will likely have better WiFi performance using a separate router than using a combo modem and router device. So, Pat, the Motorola MB8600 should be your target. You can read more about the advantages and disadvantages of combo units in the Cable Modem Buying Guide under the sub-heading Pros and Cons of Combo Modem and Router Devices.

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  23. I’m thinking to switch to suddenlink from Xfinity next week and I already bought years ago the NETGEAR AC1750 r6400 router and NETGEAR MC1000 modem last year. Do you think this set up it will be ok with 1Gb speeds plan..?

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    • Kent, you will need to use a Suddenlink eMTA (cable modem and telephone adapter) if you require phone service from Suddenlink. You can get that from your local office. Suddenlink does not support voice modems.

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      • I have it. (cable modem and telephone adapter)I need a high speed modem that works with eMTA and has a phone connection on the modem. I have a arris tm822 works great. Isn’t there a faster one?

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        • If you want a faster eMTA (modem and phone device), you will need to get it from Suddenlink themselves. You can’t purchase and activate one yourself on their network. In other words, the only eMTAs that work on Suddenlink’s network are the ones you get from your local office. Tell them about about your faster internet speed; Suddenlink should provide you a faster device.

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          • I can’t buy a compatable modem with voip phone and over 400+mps? Suddenlink is it– and I have no choice but to rent it for $25.00 a month?

          • No, Kent, you can not buy a phone modem. Suddenlink does not allow it. You must rent a phone modem from them directly. You can purchase your own modem, but not a phone modem; phone modems must be rented from Suddenlink.

            Another option for you, Kent, is to buy an Ooma phone device, which means you can get rid of your Suddenlink phone service. Ooma devices use an internet connection to give you phone service regardless of your internet service provider. Then you can buy your own non-phone modem.

    • The Motorola MB8611 is certainly the better option and should work well with Suddenlink as long as your neighborhood supports DOCSIS 3.1. If your home doesn’t support DOCSIS 3.1, your modem will still work in DOCSIS 3.0 mode until Suddenlink upgrades your neighborhood.

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