[Hidden-tech] Modem alternatives to Comcast/Xfinity

Aaron Taylor-Waldman aaron at taylorwaldman.com
Mon May 25 21:37:38 UTC 2020

For the same reason, I am planning to get this modem + router combination
in my studio space, on recommendation from a friend w/ a corporate IT/ops
background. I have a Motorola modem and Netgear at home for the same
reason. Better/faster hardware than the stock Comcast stuff, plus the gear
is paid for within 1-2 years.

Motorola MB8600 Cable Modem $160:

Ubiquiti Networks airCube AC Router $73:

I don't know as much about extenders / mesh network solutions for the home.
I have 50 mbps down and decent latency (enough to do Zooms for work w/out a
problem) with just the Netgear AC router. My home office is quite far away
from the router—a couple of flights of stairs above, and in an old house
with plenty of interference/walls etc.

On Mon, May 25, 2020 at 3:36 PM Arthur Evans via Hidden-discuss <
hidden-discuss at lists.hidden-tech.net> wrote:

> We've been renting Comcast modems for years, now at $14.00/month and we
> have connectivity issues with wi-fi which we have only had moderate success
> fixing with an extender.
> We are looking for recommendations for the advisability of buying a modem
> with extenders for a larger home to replace Xfinity's which will last well
> - or is it best to stick with what Xfinity provides? Any good modem and
> extender packages recommended?  Xfinity suggested we purchase xFi Pods
> ($119 + tax + delivery for three pods) to fix the problem.  Thanks in
> advance.
> - Arthur
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