Pros: This modem from TP-LINK is just that, a modem so I don't really have anything exciting to say about it nor can I say that it has changed my life or allowed me to enroll my children in MENSA. I cannot say anything overly exciting about this product but I can say that it does everything I need it to without me having to worry! It's a good modem that does exactly what it needs to at a very competitive price point. Some other pros I enjoyed about it were the fact that the device is quite small/discrete unlike some of the modems you get from providers! Looking at you V. Something else I appreciated about this device is that fact that it is compatible with all major ISP's which I validated that my 2 configurations with Cox and Comcast work perfectly. The compatibility can be valuable because if you have multiple ISP's to choose from (this in itself is a rarity) then you can switch without worry about getting a new modem. I also found that my bandwidth remained the same (well below the theoretical maximum for this device do to my connection). I was also glad to see a gigabit ethernet port which is required in order to achieve the theoretical maximum of the device at 343 Mbps down. Something else I can appreciate is the backwards compatibility with older DOCSIS standards in case 3.0 goes offline or for some reason your ISP still hasn't rolled it out in your area you can still use this mode.
Another interesting portion of this device is the installation where theoretically the installation should require you to unplug your old modem and plug in your new one BUT that can be obfuscated by the ISP is they require you to register your device. With my ISP I am supposed to re-register my modem if I change it but This one worked just fine out of the box without having to do anything on the ISP's end. All I had to do was follow the instructions on the physical installation and it was good to go. Speaking of following the instructions they were surprisingly there and granular (I was surprised they were their because installation costs of 3 plugs, 1 of which is power).
Cons: The first annoyance I saw when opening the package was the fact that this device comes with an ugly off white cable. I appreciate them including the cable but at the same time I wonder why all manufacturers haven't moved to black cables with uniquely colored ends to distinguish themselves. I can give TP-LINK a little leniency on this since they have all white products so they most likely just provide the same cable to each as a way to keep costs down.
The other less subjective con I found was the fact that this little lightweight device kept falling over since it must be stood up and it does not have include a method for hard-mounting it somewhere. I wish TP-LINK had designed this to be able to lay on its side of have some mounting holes somewhere on it because the weight of the cables brings this thing down.
Overall Review: Even though I had 2 cons I still gave this product 5 starts because I would gladly purchase this product if I currently needed a modem due to the great price point and the positive brand image I have of TP-LINK. I have come across a number of TP-LINK products in the last 2-3 years and have been pleasantly surprised with each one, I have yet to contact their customer support for anything so I cannot speak to that but I have not had to contact their customer support for anything so I can speak to the quality of their products! I am fond of their products (including this one) because it seems like they focus on bringing the best value to the customers which ends up making sure everything else falls in line.
Pros: When it comes to having a Cable Internet provider, most service providers will lease you their own equipment for use with their service. Some providers will charge you equipment fees. There are limitations to what those devices are capable of in terms of bandwidth and connectivity. This modem will allow you to relinquish the OEM device and remove the monthly equipment fees being charged to your account (be sure to send your provider the old equipment upon activation). Upon receiving this modem, the first step was to power on the modem and establish connectivity via the Coax Cable installed by the ISP. My initial set up from there consisted of directly plugging the modem into a computer via Ethernet. A simple CAT5e/6e cross over cable works perfectly. Certain providers allow modem activation through one of their account webpages. Other carriers will automatically redirect the modem to an activation page once connectivity is established and a web browser is launched (if this is the case, be sure any manual DHCP and DNS settings are removed). If neither option works, calling the ISP and registering the device via MAC address works perfectly. With this modem, the process took a little less than 10 minutes to be completed and connectivity was established. The ISP will dial into the modem and remotely power cycle and activate it. Be advised, some carriers will remotely flash the firmware on the modem with one of their own, assuming they fully support the modem on their infrastructure. Luckily, my carrier did not do so, thus preserving any custom functionality I used from the modem.
Cons: The device gets warm under constant use, but that's expected of any modem. Keep it ventilated if possible.
Overall Review: I am currently subscribed to the Charter Spectrum network. My bandwidth throughput averages 60Mb/4Mb, with ping times averaging between 8ms and 22ms. I do tend to see the connection peak higher than the 60Mb I'm subscribed to. I've also noticed that I have 8 Downstream Channels and 4 Upstream, with a maximum connectivity of 200 IPs Incoming/Outgoing. For any users that torrent or use some form of file sharing, I suggest you cap your seeding ratios to a limited number of users and throttling your bandwidth accordingly.
Also on the coaxial connection, try to minimize the number of splitters and devices being tethered onto the hardline before it reaches the tap. I requested my ISP to install a separate line from the outdoor residential tap to the modem, which alleviated a lot of my bottlenecks and service interruptions due to flooding.
Also, as a side note, if you subscribe to VOIP through your ISP, you will have to keep the phone box/modem that runs the service. Speak with your ISP as to how that connectivity will remain established, if necessary.
Pros: It comes xfinity and time warner cable certified! It was easy to set up. I replaced my rented comcast (xfinity) modem with this one. It comes with a 2 year warranty! With the price and the ease of installation, you can't go wrong with this modem. It saves you from being tied down to leasing one.
Cons: It does get a little warm, but not extremely hot.
Overall Review: Keep in mind that if you need wireless, you will need to run a separate wireless device. This modem does not have wireless capability. I was replacing a modem without wireless, so it was no issue for me.
I definitely recommend this modem!
Pros: The TP-LINK TC-7610 cable modem has modern looks with a smooth black case and low intensity LEDs, mostly white. The box include the cable modem, power adapter, and Ethernet cable. It is compatible with XFINIT (Comcast), Time Warner, and Cablevision. It has DOCSIS 3.0 and is capable of 343 Mbps download, 143 Mbps upload, but this depends on your cable provider.
The installation guide is a simple one page document. Connect the Coax cable, power adapter, and Ethernet cable. I connected a PC directly to the gigabit Ethernet port and temporarily removed the wireless router and gigabit switches connecting the PCs in my house.
The activation process required Comcast login information. Upon accessing the Comcast Xfinity Activation page and following the steps, I did receive a couple Error 500 Internal server error of various types, indicating some trouble on the Comcast of activation. Although I was directed to call the 800 number for Comcast, just persist in the online activation. Eventually through refreshing and retrying it did work and the activation was completed successfully. No one wants to call Comcast to setup a cable modem, so for me, one of the strong positive points to this cable modem is I didn’t need to call to get the cable modem activated. Upon shutting down and connecting the wireless router, it did take a couple reboots of my router to obtain access. Do remember to change the web Management password on the router from the default admin.
Performance was tested and it matched the transfer rates for my internet access from Comcast, which was 30 Mbps down and 6 Mbps up. This is much lower than the maximum transfer rates, so if another provided is available with higher speeds and compatible with this modem, or if my current provider increases the down/up speeds for my speed level, or I choose to pay even more for a higher speed level, this cable modem will take advantage of it.
Cons: The activation was not perfect, and did require some persistence, but I consider that a Comcast issue and not one for this modem.
Overall Review: This cable modem replaced a long serving Motorola Surfboard cable model from circa 2006. It suffered from periodic connection losses, which so far have not appeared with the TP-LINK TC-7610. The AC connection, non-grounded, is relatively small. Power draw is acceptable for a 24/7 device.
Pros: As usual, it took a phone call to the cable company to get it registered which was the worst part of setting up the unit. The modem is tucked away in a small cabinet and worked perfect. Speeds are on par with a DOCSIS 3.0 unit and I didn't have any problems at all. Unit comes with everything needed to get it up and running once the coax is connected.
Cons: A couple cons are as follows:
Cost - not really a great price that would convince me to pick this over a brand with a better reputation.
Heat - gets a little warm but that's also pretty common for a cable modem so nothing too horrible.
Overall Review: Modem comes with everything you need to get started. I assume you'll connect this up to a wifi and the cable included in the box is perfect for this. If you plan on connecting this directly to a desktop then I'd recommend you get a longer network cable.
Overall a nice unit. TP-Link has really done a great job coming up with a ton of new cutting edge products and I like most of what they've produced.
Pros: - Easy connectivity.
- Lights are not overly bright and distracting.
- Simple call to Charter or online modem activation tool works like a charm.
- Extremely fast speeds (8x4 setup).
- Increased my Charter Spectrum 60 Mbps to around 73 Mbps (consistently).
- Allows for downloading of torrents (Linux Distro's like CentOS 6.5 or 7, Ubuntu, etc).
- Small footprint.
- Gigabit Port.
- Able to login to Modem to check simple settings.
Cons: -Not more advanced controls
Overall Review: I honestly couldn't find a single con with this modem except for the lack of some advanced features (SIP ALG and Bridge Mode). This was a very easy setup and I literally just connected the modem and it pretty much synced up. The only drawback was Charter's online modem activator wouldn't work so I had to call the nicest guy and he got me provisioned in 180 seconds or less. This modem is compatible with every ISP that uses DOCSIS 3.0. Myu speeds have increased around 13% with this new modem. You will nto regret buying this for what it does.
Pros: DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem - Download speeds up to 343 Mbps
Compatible with many cable providers - Called the cable company, provided them the MAC address and I was up and running instantly.
Easy to install - All I had to do was unbox it, plug it in to the AC outlet, my router and the coaxial cable feed. I was able to add the port forwarding I needed for my network.
End modem rental charges - Purchase this modem once and stop paying the monthly charges from the cable company to rent their modem.
TP-Link quality – I have used and recommended TP-Link products for many years. TP-Link has a great reputation. They build quality products and stand behind them. I have yet to have any issues with any of their modems, routers or access points.
Cons: There are no technical issues with this modem. The only issue I have is that the modem stands vertical. It is so small and light that the cables have a tendency to pull it over on its side. If the modem was designed to be horizontal, that would eliminate this issue.
Overall Review: . I have been running this cable modem for a few months. I have not had any issues since I installed the modem. The TC-7610 has been rock solid. I have not had any dropped connections or slowdowns that required a reboot. The speeds are the same as with the rental modem from the cable company. Just a friendly reminder, this cable modem does not have a firewall. It also does not have a router built in. This is purely a cable modem. You will still need a wireless router if you want to share this connection with wireless devices.
Pros: -Specs far above what I need and what I expect to need/want for many years to come
-Default color = Black
-Runs warm, but shell is ventilated well enough (unless you put it in an enclosed space)
-2-year warranty, which is double the warranty period of the more expensive, competing product
-Helps you avoid paying lease fees
-Good history with TP-Link products, in general
Cons: Minor con: Status LEDs are actually brighter from the side as they are from the front
Overall Review: My review is from the angle of a power user in a 2-level home with a robust network with 15+ active wired nodes and 8+ wireless devices. I have had a D-Link DIR-868L Router & Motorola/ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 Cable modem in place since I switched to Xfinity/Comcast 50Mbps service in early 2014. It has been an extremely reliable setup and I had a bit of trepidation changing anything. We are all fairly heavy Internet utilizers, coupled with the fact that I work at home and have a home server/website utilized by a few hundred people a week, as part of the support function of my job. That usage grew from a few people each week, so upload speeds and reliability became far more important over the course of the last 2 years. As you may already know, this TP-Link TC-7610 costs about 35% less that the SB3141, which could mean either the Motorola is overpriced or it could mean that the Motorola is a better quality device – Only time will tell…
The switchover from the SB3141 to the TC-7610 was far simpler than I had anticipated. I had figured it would have to be done via phone, but was surprised to find that I could simply connect the coax cable to the new modem and then connect my laptop to the modem via the Ethernet connection. Note: I was logged into my Xfinity account with modem self-configuration start page open on my laptop before I began. Once the modem had powered up and made the connection to Xfinity, I simply stepped through the process and after a modem reboot, all was working perfectly. Internet test speeds are pretty much identical to the SB3141 and overall functionality seems to be identical. For wireless centralization, I have the modem & router on a shelf in the hallway above our washer & dryer. It also means that I look at it regularly as I walk by. Not being particularly fond of the mismatch of the white SB3141 and black router, I really like the fact that the TC-7610 matches the router. Of course, that doesn’t play into the rating of the device, more just to my OCD ;) As mentioned in the cons section, the front Status LEDs are actually brighter from the side (because of the vent holes) than they are from the front and since I have mine situated so that the side is facing the hall, it provides a nightlight effect. However, the overall brightness is still more subdued than the SB3141 status lights.
I give this device 5 out of 5 eggs without reservation. It is a great overall value, with the same specs and double the warranty of the competing product, yet costs 30-35% less.