Wave Approved Modems

Three recommended modems for Wave internet services appear on this page. Categorized under three attributes: value, DOCSIS 3.1, and WiFi, the best Wave approved modems follow below.

If you need phone service from Wave, they do require a Wave eMTA (cable modem and telephone adapter). You can still use your own modem with the Wave eMTA. Fiber-to-the-home customers must use a Wave internet device (ONT).

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: June 1, 2021

Recommended Wave Approved Modems for June 2021

Best WiFi Modem

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 C7000 WiFi Router DOCSIS 3.0 Wave Approved Modems
NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 C7000 WiFi Router Cable Modem
Model #NETGEAR C7000
Download Speed960 Mbps
Channel Bonding24 Download & 8 Upload
DOCSIS3.0
ColorBlack
WiFi RouterYes
VoIP Telephone AdapterNo

Best DOCSIS 3.1 Modem

NETGEAR CM1000 DOCSIS 3.1 Wave Approved Modems
NETGEAR CM1000 Cable Modem
Model #NETGEAR CM1000
Download Speed6 Gbps
Channel Bonding32 Download & 8 Upload
DOCSIS3.1
ColorBlack
WiFi RouterNo
VoIP Telephone AdapterNo

Best Modem Value

NETGEAR CM500 DOCSIS 3.0 Wave 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

Full Wave 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
ARRISCM820A8×4
ARRISSB61418×4
ARRISSB618316×4
ARRISSB6190 ♦32×8
ARRISSB8200*32×8
ARRISSBG64008×4
ARRISSBG65808×4
ARRISSBG6580-28×4
ARRISSBG6700-AC8×4
ARRISSBG6782-AC8×4
ARRISSBG6900-AC16×4
ARRISSBG6950AC2 ♦16×4
ARRISSBG7400AC2 ♦24×8
ARRISSBG7580-AC ♦32×8
ASUSCM-1616×4
ASUSCM-32 ♦32×8
Belkin (Cisco/Linksys)DPC30088×4
D-LinkDCM-3018×4
LinksysCG6350 ♦16×4
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
NETGEARC3000-100NAS8×4
NETGEARC3000v28×4
NETGEARC3700-100NAS8×4
NETGEARC3700v28×4
NETGEARC62208×4
NETGEARC625016×4
NETGEARC6300 ♦16×4
NETGEARC690024×8
NETGEARC7000-100NAS24×8
NETGEARC7000v224×8
NETGEARC750024×8
NETGEARN450 (CG3000Dv2)8×4
NETGEARCM4008×4
NETGEARCM50016×4
NETGEARCM60024×8
NETGEARCM700 ♦32×8
NETGEARCM1000*32×8
SMC NetworksD3CM160416×4
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
Zoom5341J8×4
Zoom53458×4
Zoom53508×4
Zoom53528×4
Zoom53548×4
Zoom53608×4
Zoom53638×4
Zoom537016×4

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

Wave Approved Modems Removed in March 2019
ARRIS SB6120
ARRIS SB6121
Motorola MB8600
NETGEAR CMD31T-100NAS
Zoom 5341

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9 thoughts on “Wave Approved Modems”

  1. Its unfair to charge poor people for voip service modem.
    I have a better modem and separate router of my own. I resent I cannot purchase a modem with voip. I pay for internet and quit TV since it is too costly. My wave phone is gov discount life saver

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    • Yes, it is unfair. You would think the ISPs (internet service providers) would offer a reduced rate for low-income families, but they often do not.

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  2. It would be nice if the list of modems could be filtered and sorted. For the webmaster/programmer, there are plug-ins that make this easy to do.

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    • Sorting tables was briefly looked into but that function requires JavaScript, which introduces two problems. First, JavaScript may contain vulnerabilities. Second, JavaScript introduces render-blocking (slows the loading of websites). While it would be nice to sort tables, it is a function that few people would probably use. Compare that to everybody (from website visitors to Google) requiring a website to load fast, the decision was made to rather have a faster-loading website than having sortable tables. Sorry, SR.

      The goal is to actually remove all JavaScript from the site when it is feasible. Thanks for the request, SR, but the tables will not be sortable until it can be achieved without JavaScript.

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  3. You should add the new “ARRIS S33” cable modem to your list for Wave. It is a DOCSIS 3.1 (10+Gbps) (32×8+) and works great with my 1Gig service with Wave. It does not have Wi-Fi so you would need a Router.

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  4. The net gear cm1000 is one of the two modems approved by wave for 1 gig service. However Net Gear has now upgraded to the CM1100. It is now capable of supporting multi gig service. Any idea if/when this modem will be approved by wave? Currently it is on sale at Costco for only $119!!

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