MOTOROLA SBG6580 SURFboard Gateway Wireless Cable Modem

Very similar to the Zoom 5350 Cable Modem Router, the Motorola SBG6580 offers flexibility as a standalone cable modem and router with fast 1 Gig Ethernet, Wireless N, and is DOCSIS 3.0 certified.

It is an all in one device used to pull in multiple services from cable providers using the standard F-Connected, 75 ohms female cable interface. The 3.0 DOCSIS International standard allows for high speeds and multiple services including Internet access, telephony data connectivity, as well as cable television. Purchasing a cable modem could save a household approximately $85 per year depending on the provider. The average cost for this gateway is $120.

The dual band 802.11n wireless interface offers the highest most readily available speeds for wireless connectivity, since 802.11ac is still not yet integrated fully into the marketplace. The WiFi, as probably expected, is backwards compatible with 802.11 b & g. The 1 Gig wired network connection, offering 4 ports, is backwards compatible to 10-BaseT and 100Base-T for what it’s worth.

Because the SBG6580 is eight times quicker than DOCSIS 2.0 broadband cable modems it can achieve speeds up to 300 Mbps (or 400 Mbps in EuroDOCSIS mode).

Quick Feature List of the Motorola SBG6580 SURFboard

Below are some of the stand-out features of this combination cable device:

Simple use, installation, and activation
Boasts a WiFi Wizard and pairing button
As much as 8x faster than previous generation modems that use DOCSIS 2.0 technology
Stream HD video throughout a local network, either wirelessly or wired
Commercial firewall for security, privacy and protection
8000 times faster downloads than 56k analog phone modems
Compatible with machines running Windows, Mac, and Linux
Lag-free network gaming and file transfer thanks to the 10/100/1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet
Small footprint because of slim design
DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS: European cable TV conforms to PAL standards of 8 MHz, while North American cable TV conforms to ATSC standards of 6 MHz
Support for multicast IP services and IPv4 and IPv6
The plug and play wireless gateway is being used in home, and small/medium/large office settings.

Reviews and Ratings for the Motorola SBG6580 SURFboard

The average rating is less than 2 out of 5 stars for this device according to the limited reviews found on CNet. Many reviews across the web indicate that the wireless did not live up to the high speeds that were promised. A lot of people said they spent a lot of time on tech support forums and the support line to fix the wireless issues and some were still left needing to purchase a separate wireless router. Difficulty in setting up the device were among the chief complaints for some.

In contrast, many other reviews spread across the web claimed to have fast connections (whether wired or wireless), reliable connections and an easy time with setup. Also commented on positively, for the most part, is the wide range in which users were able to pick up the wireless. Most of those with positive comments talked about the “plug in and go” feature as one they enjoyed most. Seems then that possibly when not tweaking any settings to be custom, the gateway could have a larger fan base.

More than one BestBuy review claimed that the wireless stops working and needs to be setup again after about two months. Others chimed in and claimed that wasn’t the case for them.

About the interface, one user said it was the best that they had ever seen and bought a second one after giving the first to a friend. Yet another said it was the worse they have ever seen on any type of router or combo device.

The Motorola SBG6580 SURFboard sells very well, and since it is an all-in-one device it offers savings, and requires less wires and dekstop space. The general consensus is that it works great out of the box and that the range is fair to decent for the wireless.