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What are the main differences between the Motorola SB6121, SB6183, & Zoom 5341?

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When purchasing a modem for Time Warner Cable, the top three compatible ones I have found are:

Motorola SB6121, SB6183, & Zoom 5341

While the last two are newer than the first and the last two speeds are much greater, are there any other major differences between the three other than pricing and release date?

More importantly, which of these three have the most user controlled customizations?

It would be incredibly helpful if there is either an Amazon tool or related to where I can compare all three of these modems technical specifications side by side but I have yet to find a website that does that for any type of product

If there are any major flaws with any of these modems working with Time Warner cable, please let me know.
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Anton Nikitin earned 500 total points
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Hello Turbojournal,

I couldn't find any new 6183 for sale, just 1 on eBay, so I suspect these aren't sold anymore.

SB6183 and Zoom 5341 both support DOCSIS 3, which is the current standard for the high-speed cable broadband. The only significant difference I found looking at their specs is:

SB6183 4 download channels and 4 upload channels
Zoom 5341 8 download channels and 4 upload channels

Don't be deceived by these numbers though, these are not number of simultaneous file transfers, these are channels that your service provider will set up for your services. So one is for your Internet, second for TV, third for phone... not sure TWC has more than 4 services, so the advantage of four additional channels is questionable.

Oh, and Motorola is bigger :)

Both of these devices are used by many customers, reviews on both are excellent. I don't think you'll have problems with any of these choices, and I don't think you'll notice any difference between the two.

As for the customizations, please keep in mind that these are cable modems. This is all they do. The TWC technician will configure it for their network and it doesn't have any interesting settings to play with. The modem connects to TWC with one cable and have one connection for one network device. If you need more than one computer connected, want it connected wirelessly, you'll need to purchase and connect another device, known as router.

Let me know if you need additional clarification on anything,
Anton.
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Perfecto!
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