The Motorola Surfboard SB6183

The succes of Motorola SB 6121 and SB6141 led to the apparition of the upgraded version of those. The Motorola Surfboard SB6183 represents the newest in the 600 series cable modem line offered by Arris. This will be for sure the one who will fulfill the always increased demands for personal multimedia experience at super fast broadband speed.

In other words, it allows you to stream HD videos, play online games, do online shopping, download huge files, work, get high-quality VoLP voice calls, start video conferences and run peer-to-peer networking applications.

How can you actually get this speed from the SB6183?

The answer is DOCSIS and especially the latest DOCSIS 3.0 technology. DOCSIS stands for data over cable service interface specification and represents the international standard established in order to ensure high speed data transfer mode for existing cable TV (CATV) devices. By using the DOCSIS 3.0, the Motorola Surfboard SB6183 can connect up to sixteen downstream channels and four upstream channels.

How does the connection of the channels help?

Basically, every data channel has a certain size. If you combine two channels into a single broadband conduit, the channel will be larger than those two you combined. This is the case for the Arris Motorola SB6183. It has 16 bonded download channels that offer you the possibility to get up to 686 MBps for your downloads. More data can come through the bigger channel at any time than the smaller ones. Anyway, the upload speed will be 131 MBps at any time.

The Surfboard SB6183 only works on cable, so before buying it make sure you are on cable. For the USA shouldn`t be a problem because most of the houses are wired for cable, but those from outside of USA should check first. After this, you should also check what type of broadband package you are getting from your service provider.

Does your broadband package offer you that type of throughput?

The main question you should ask is if the carrier in your area can offer that kind of throughput. In certain areas there may be some technical issues your provider should take care of if it wants to offer that type of throughput. As an example, with Time Warner Cable (TWC), you should at least opt for their 300/20 MBps Ultimate plan. You should consider also that there are various areas covered by TWC that are still working on 4×1 bonding.

So, if you live in one of those areas that cannot offer you the broadband you need, you will spend unnecessary money on the Motorola Surfboard SB6183 if you think you will get extra speed. Before buying, you should check if your provider can offer you that kind of throughput.

For the future, the Motorola SB6183 can prove very helpful because it is estimated that higher throughput will be needed because of the intense video streaming, multimedia contents, interactive online games, huge file downloads etc. If this will be the case, than the Motorola SB6141 may prove cost-effective, a tremendous investment. A cable modem like the Motorola released will be perfect for higher broadband demands.