I just purchased the Motorola Surfboard SB5101 cable modem for our home. I ended up shopping around a few websites to see where I could get the best deal. I read several cable modem reviews and for the most part, the prices were comparable across the board. I would recommend shopping around and going with a new, non-refurbished model just to be safe. That’s always been my preference.
We have always rented one from our cable company and honestly didn’t pay too much attention to the monthly cost. Buying our own just made sense. We have always used Motorola products previously so that worked for us as well. The cool thing is that the Motorola Surfboard SB5101 cable modem pays for itself in just a matter of months – definitely a bonus.
I was a bit hesitant to order the Motorola Surfboard SB5101 cable modem online as I have always relied on the cable company to handle all of the install work. I have to say, this modem was extremely easy to set up, even for a non-techie! I am pretty good with software, but wiring up anything is not my strong point, to say the least. I went from opening the box to watching TV in a matter of minutes, literally. And believe me, this is no small feat.
How the Motorola Surfboard Stands Against Real-World Tests
From time to time our cable has gone out or even just the internet, shocker, I know. Of course, it has always been due to our cable provider, again, shocker I know. I have to admit that sometimes it has been my own fault from moving things around that a wire gets loose. Nevertheless, troubleshooting the problems with the Motorola Surfboard SB5101 cable modem has been really easy.
You have a clear display of little colored lights that stay green, and if something’s wrong, somewhere in your little modem world the green light goes yellow. The best part is that it is always extremely apparent what the issue is thanks to the colored lights on the front of the modem. In addition, we have been particularly successful with minor troubleshooting thanks to the Motorola online support. After the first “issue” we learned the hard way to save the troubleshooting tips to our laptop’s desktop just so we have a safety net if that green light goes yellow.motorola surfboard modem
Also worth noting is that we have this unit hooked up in our home, a single family home. We have a wireless router connected and run two laptops, an iPad, a Roku and the Wii with no connectivity issues whatsoever. This is of HUGE importance for us! Since we need to be connected at all times.
Motorola Surfboard SB5101 Cable Modem Bottom Line
Overall I would highly recommend the Motorola Surfboard SB5101 cable modem over many of the other comparable modems available online today. It is reasonably priced and performs well for all different types of computer users.