WOW Approved Modems

WOW! (Wide Open West) has numerous modems that can be used for their internet service. Broken into three categories below (WiFi, DOCSIS 3.1, and value), you will find the recommended WOW approved modems.

To receive WOW! phone service, you must use a WOW! supplied modem (monthly lease fees apply).

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: March 1, 2021

Recommended WOW! Approved Modems for March 2021

Best DOCSIS 3.1 Modem

Motorola MB8600 DOCSIS 3.1 WOW 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 Modem Value

NETGEAR CM500 DOCSIS 3.0 WOW 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 WiFi Modem

NETGEAR Nighthawk AX6000 CAX80 WiFi 6 Router DOCSIS 3.1 WOW 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 WOW! 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
ARRISDG2460 ♦24×8
ARRISS33*32×8
ARRISSB618316×4
ARRISSB6190 ♦32×8
ARRISSB8200*32×8
ARRISSBG10 ♦16×4
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
LinksysCG7500 ♦24×8
LinksysCM3016 ♦16×4
LinksysCM3024 ♦24×8
MotorolaMB742016×4
MotorolaMB762124×8
MotorolaMB8600*32×8
MotorolaMG754016×4
MotorolaMG755016×4
MotorolaMG770024×8
NETGEARC625016×4
NETGEARC6300 ♦16×4
NETGEARC6300v2 ♦16×4
NETGEARC690024×8
NETGEARC700024×8
NETGEARC7000v224×8
NETGEARC750024×8
NETGEARC7800*32×8
NETGEARCM50016×4
NETGEARCM60024×8
NETGEARCM700 ♦32×8
NETGEARCM1000*32×8
NETGEARCM1000v2*32×8
NETGEARCM1100*32×8
NETGEARCM1200*32×8
NETGEARCM2000*32×8
NETGEARCAX80*32×8
NETGEARCBR40 ♦32×8
SMCD3CM160416×4

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

WOW! Approved Modems Removed in February 2021
ARRIS SB6120
ARRIS SB6121
ARRIS SB6141
ARRIS SB6180
ARRIS SB6182
ARRIS SBG6400
ARRIS SBG6580
ARRIS SBG6700-AC
ARRIS SBG6782-AC
Cisco/Linksys DPC3008
Cisco DPC3010
Cisco DPC3825
D-Link DCM-301
Linksys CM3008
Motorola MB7220
Motorola MG7310
Motorola MG7315
NETGEAR C3000-100NAS
NETGEAR C3000v2
NETGEAR C3700-100NAS
NETGEAR C3700v2
NETGEAR C6220
NETGEAR C6300BD
NETGEAR CG3000D
NETGEAR CG3000Dv2 N450
NETGEAR CG4500BD
NETGEAR CM400
Ubee DDW365
Ubee DDW366

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10 thoughts on “WOW Approved Modems”

  1. Bought a netgear c7000v2 which according to this list is compatible (And is advertised at the top as the best pick for a modem and wifi combination). I spent 42 minutes on the phone with wow only to find out it is not compatible and I need to drive back to the store and hope the next one I pick off of this list will be so we can try again. I would recommend updating this list to reflect modems that actually work.

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    • Sorry for the issue you are having, Nicholas. WOW! does not provide an actual approved modem list like most other ISPs. The list WOW! provides states that if you purchase a DOSCIS 3.0 or DOCSIS 3.1 modem, it should work on the their network. If others have issues with the NETGEAR C7000v2 it will be updated.

      WOW! previously listed specific modem models as approved; they no longer do that. In general, any DOCSIS 3.0 or 3.1 modem should work with the WOW! network.

      Any one else have issues with the NETGEAR C7000v2 working on the WOW! network?

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      • Modem Gurus: I dealt with WOW for a year, they do have an approved hardware list, (https://approvedmodemlist.com/wow-approved-modems) and they actually software limit other hardware. I purchased Gigabit speed internet and my combo modem/router which was DOCSIS compatible yet their own chart said they limited it to 250MPS. This is an attempt to drive subscribers to their equipment and additional rental costs.

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      • No real performance issues, but cannot get a firmware update. No update and then Nighthawk app doesn’t work. Neither Netgear or WOW want to take responsibility. Customer is just left hanging

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        • Unfortunately you have to wait on WOW! to launch the firmware update to you, Keith. The modem manufacturer creates the firmware update and then passes it on to the ISP. The ISP then tests the update on their network to make sure it works and doesn’t create any harm to their service. This will happen with each firmware update, unfortunately. It is the ISP’s responsibility to push firmware updates to your modem.

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  2. Why must I use (and pay monthly fees for) a WOW modem if I have phone service? With other providers (e.g. Xfinity), this is not the case. With their service I can purchase my own modem.

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    • Some internet providers require their own modems for phone service to be sure the phone service works properly on their network. Unfortunately, it is WOW!’s network, their rules. Terry, you can ditch the WOW! phone service and use a non-phone modem if you combine it with something like an Ooma device (Ooma handles your phone service).

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