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Brent
02-10-04, 05:23 PM
I wanna get rid of this Linksys cable modem crap. Is the SB5100 the best cable modem?

It is pretty cheap, $70 at newegg.

Cypher
02-10-04, 05:38 PM
I noticed an increase in speed when I got mine. That more than likely means my old one was shot or something.

wee96
02-10-04, 05:40 PM
People like to think so, although theres no proof behind the claim, I have the 5120.

Brent
02-10-04, 05:43 PM
Originally posted by wee96
People like to think so, although theres no proof behind the claim, I have the 5120.

whats the difference with the 5120?

deleted_acct
02-10-04, 05:43 PM
Ya I recommend the toshiba or the Surfboard's ive used both those and have loved them.I Dont Notice any difference between the two and bestbuy sells them both.

Brent
02-10-04, 05:54 PM
cool, thanks guys

i've been reading some reviews and comments on it, i think i'm gonna buy it, i wanna get rid of this crappy linksys cable modem finally

Indy
02-10-04, 05:55 PM
I've got the 5100 series as well...been rock solid for me ever since I put it in...

ace
02-10-04, 06:03 PM
The surfboard 3100 is still a good modem. Pulled one from a customer who was ditching comcast. :D:p

wee96
02-10-04, 06:06 PM
The number :) Well, the 5120 has a slightly faster boot sequence, and handles the log file a bit differently, probably some internal software modifications that you dont see, but they are virtually identical.



Originally posted by Brent
whats the difference with the 5120?

RoundEye
02-10-04, 06:14 PM
Originally posted by Brent
....I wanna get rid of this Linksys cable modem crap....

What make you say the Linksys is crap?

wee96
02-10-04, 06:19 PM
Because it is :) Linksys makes horrible routers, and sub-par cable modems...



Originally posted by RoundEye
What make you say the Linksys is crap?

Grimson
02-10-04, 06:47 PM
SB4100

W00t.

Leatherneck
02-10-04, 07:08 PM
Originally posted by wee96
Because it is :) Linksys makes horrible routers, and sub-par cable modems...

That's weird, We've had more service calls for surboards than any other brand. Never had a problem with any 3COM product.

I've had a linksys router for 2 years and it has never burped, hicupped or been shut off. Runs fast and has protected my network flawlessly. Just goes to show how much things can vary.

Indy
02-10-04, 07:18 PM
Originally posted by bigmo66
That's weird, We've had more service calls for surboards than any other brand. Never had a problem with any 3COM product.

I've had a linksys router for 2 years and it has never burped, hicupped or been shut off. Runs fast and has protected my network flawlessly. Just goes to show how much things can vary.

RCA's suck the worst...we have fewer trouble calls on surfboards than any other...3Com, well, there's probably a total of around 100 or so in a system of 40,000...not used around these parts...first generation linksys modems we've had a lot of problems with...the second generation (the one's that look like their routers and are stackable), we haven't had as many problems with...

CableDude
02-10-04, 07:49 PM
Originally posted by Indy
RCA's suck the worst..

:eek: That's what I have. :eek:

It's been good for me... as far as I can tell. ;)

Unholy
02-10-04, 07:55 PM
Originally posted by CableDude
:eek: That's what I have. :eek:

It's been good for me... as far as I can tell. ;)

Yeah I got a RCA DCM245 and it's giving me this:

2004-02-10 20:46:30 EST: 3485 / 247
Your download speed : 3485982 bps, or 3485 kbps.
A 425.5 KB/sec transfer rate.
Your upload speed : 247188 bps, or 247 kbps.
Seems like broadband .. above the 1mbit barrier!

Must go faster...:D

wee96
02-10-04, 08:06 PM
Of course things vary, but more than not linksys sucks, you got lucky (and any other people who say "oh mine is fine" well your lucky too then, I dont wanna hear it). You stick with your linksys router, doesnt bother me.



Originally posted by bigmo66
That's weird, We've had more service calls for surboards than any other brand. Never had a problem with any 3COM product.

I've had a linksys router for 2 years and it has never burped, hicupped or been shut off. Runs fast and has protected my network flawlessly. Just goes to show how much things can vary.

RoundEye
02-10-04, 08:07 PM
Originally posted by Indy
...the second generation (the one's that look like their routers and are stackable), we haven't had as many problems with...

That's the one that I have (BEFCMU10 (http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=34&scid=29&prid=592)), stacked on top of my eight port switch. Works great and looks nice to have a "stack" at home. :D

http://members.speedguide.net/roundeye/closet1.jpg

wee96
02-10-04, 08:34 PM
*pukes* ;)



Originally posted by RoundEye
That's the one that I have (BEFCMU10 (http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=34&scid=29&prid=592)), stacked on top of my eight port switch. Works great and looks nice to have a "stack" at home. :D

http://members.speedguide.net/roundeye/closet1.jpg

YeOldeStonecat
02-10-04, 08:55 PM
Originally posted by wee96
Of course things vary, but more than not linksys sucks, you got lucky (and any other people who say "oh mine is fine" well your lucky too then, I dont wanna hear it). You stick with your linksys router, doesnt bother me.

I have probably over 250 of their routers out in the field. Of the home market, sub 100 dollar routers, they're my favorite.

Not everybody can afford a 700 dollar Sonicwall SOHO3, or 400 dollar Netopia.

Earned a bad rep mostly because they dominate the market share when it comes to the average joe getting them at all the big retail chains....trying to setup a home network, failing, and blaming the Linksys.

It would not surprise me that if you cracked open a Linksys cable modem, it would have the same chipset board as a Motorola...LOL. Just like most DSL modems, crack the case, majority of brands are running on Alactel chipsets.

SLK
02-10-04, 09:17 PM
I have a Motorola SB4200. I like it, nice and quick. Had it for a long time. Rented it from comcast. Then when I moved I cancelled my internet then started a whole new account. They forgot I even had the modem so now im not paying for it LOL!

ghost
02-10-04, 09:48 PM
SB4200 at home - perfect performance!

I sell the SB5100 at Circuit City. $79.99 with a $20 mail-in rebate. (Free if you sign up with Comcast through us.) Never had one come back or turned in.

Unholy
02-10-04, 11:57 PM
Originally posted by RoundEye
That's the one that I have (BEFCMU10 (http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=34&scid=29&prid=592)), stacked on top of my eight port switch. Works great and looks nice to have a "stack" at home. :D

http://members.speedguide.net/roundeye/closet1.jpg

Dude get some 409 and a towel on that.