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: January 1, 2021

Recommended WOW! Approved Modems for January 2021

Best DOCSIS 3.1 Modem

NETGEAR CM1000 DOCSIS 3.1 WOW Approved Modems
NETGEAR CM1000 Cable Modem
Model #NETGEAR CM1000
Download Speed6 Gbps
Channel Bonding32 Download & 8 Upload
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
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
Download Speed10 Gbps
Channel Bonding32 Download & 8 Upload
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 #ChannelsMax SpeedVoIPWiFi
ARRISCM8200*32×85 Gbps
ARRISDG2460 ♦24×8960 Mbps
ARRISSB61204×4172 Mbps
ARRISSB61214×4172 Mbps
ARRISSB61418×4343 Mbps
ARRISSB61808×4343 Mbps
ARRISSB61828×4343 Mbps
ARRISSB618316×4686 Mbps
ARRISSB6190 ♦32×81.4 Gbps
ARRISSB8200*32×810 Gbps
ARRISSBG10 ♦16×4686 Mbps
ARRISSBG64008×4343 Mbps
ARRISSBG65808×4343 Mbps
ARRISSBG6700-AC8×4343 Mbps
ARRISSBG6782-AC8×4343 Mbps
ARRISSBG6900-AC16×4686 Mbps
ARRISSBG6950AC2 ♦16×4686 Mbps
ARRISSBG7400AC2 ♦24×81.0 Gbps
ARRISSBG7580-AC ♦32×81.4 Gbps
ARRISSBG7600AC2 ♦32×81.2 Gbps
ARRISSBG8300* ♦32×810 Gbps
ASUSCM-1616×4686 Mbps
ASUSCM-32 ♦32×81.3 Gbps
Cisco/LinksysDPC30088×4340 Mbps
CiscoDPC30108×4343 Mbps
CiscoDPC38258×4340 Mbps
D-LinkDCM-3018×4343 Mbps
LinksysCG7500 ♦24×8960 Mbps
LinksysCM30088×4343 Mbps
LinksysCM3016 ♦16×4686 Mbps
LinksysCM3024 ♦24×8960 Mbps
MotorolaMB72208×4343 Mbps
MotorolaMB742016×4686 Mbps
MotorolaMB762124×81 Gbps
MotorolaMB8600*32×83.8 Gbps
MotorolaMG73108×4343 Mbps
MotorolaMG73158×4343 Mbps
MotorolaMG754016×4686 Mbps
MotorolaMG755016×4686 Mbps
MotorolaMG770024×81 Gbps
NETGEARC3000-100NAS8×4340 Mbps
NETGEARC3000v28×4340 Mbps
NETGEARC3700-100NAS8×4340 Mbps
NETGEARC3700v28×4340 Mbps
NETGEARC62208×4340 Mbps
NETGEARC625016×4680 Mbps
NETGEARC6300 ♦16×4680 Mbps
NETGEARC6300v2 ♦16×4680 Mbps
NETGEARC6300BD ♦8×4320 Mbps
NETGEARC690024×8960 Mbps
NETGEARC700024×8960 Mbps
NETGEARC7000v224×8960 Mbps
NETGEARC750024×8960 Mbps
NETGEARC7800*32×86 Gbps
NETGEARCG3000D8×4343 Mbps
NETGEARCG3000Dv2 N4508×4340 Mbps
NETGEARCG4500BD8×4320 Mbps
NETGEARCM4008×4340 Mbps
NETGEARCM50016×4680 Mbps
NETGEARCM60024×8960 Mbps
NETGEARCM700 ♦32×81.4 Gbps
NETGEARCM1000*32×86 Gbps
NETGEARCM1000v2*32×86 Gbps
NETGEARCM1100*32×82 Gbps
NETGEARCM1200*32×82 Gbps
NETGEARCM2000*32×82.5 Gbps
NETGEARCAX80*32×810 Gbps
NETGEARCBR40 ♦32×81.4 Gbps
SMCD3CM160416×4640 Mbps
UbeeDDW3658×4343 Mbps
UbeeDDW3668×4343 Mbps

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6 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.

    • 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?

      • Modem Gurus: I dealt with WOW for a year, they do have an approved hardware list, ( 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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