ARRIS SB8200 Modem Review: Upgrade Your Network With DOCSIS 3.1

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Arris SB8200 is a Portion of This Initial wave of cable modems to Encourage the new DOCSIS 3.1 traffic along with the Elderly DOCSIS 3.0 standard (which should ease the transition into the newer Technologies ), Enabling its Customers to Make Use of the fastest download speed available from the ISP and Encouraging bonding up to 32 download QAM Stations and 8 upload channels.

I am aware that the DOCSIS 3.1 standard isn’t yet prevalent and is only recently being executed by cable suppliers, therefore it could appear the SB8200 is somewhat early (particularly for the consumer market), however, in fact, it arrived just at the ideal time to assist Arris from this SB6190 mess (due to the Intel Puma 6 chipset latency insect ) and also to prepare for this candy Gigabit+ download rate we have been begging for ages.

That having been said, Arris remains the most favored cable modem by all Internet Service Providers in the USA and, should you have to obtain a new modem, even in the event that you have not gotten a Gigabit tier, then the SB8200 is decidedly among the very future-proofed apparatus on the market (and modems have a tendency to stay around for decades ).

Layout

Should you take the previous four modems published by Arris (from the elderly Arris SB6141 and SB6183 into the newest, SB6190 and the most recent SB8200), then you can barely tell them apart because they all pretty much share the identical layout. Arris does not appear to want to modify the plan formula, therefore, that the SB8200 features exactly the exact same white, plastic case, coated by a matte finish (doesn’t keep fingerprints). The situation gives the feeling of two different pieces, one outside part which wraps around a smaller rectangular bit, leaving thin canals involving for a series of ventilation holes.

As newer technologies are being developed and instantly implemented into fresh modems, there is always the danger that the apparatus would overheat (until programmers locate the ideal balance between functionality and hardware — it is typically a lengthy process), however, it appears that Arris took this threat seriously and coated the SB8200, almost completely, using cut-out which facilitates a much greater airflow. On the ideal side of this modem, there’s a recessed rectangular ring positioned in the direction of the middle with different exceptional spaces that help mount the apparatus on the wall (the exact same pattern are available on the left side, for attaching, but it lacks the wall-mounting spaces).

Even though it’s wonderful to have the ability to place the modem someplace else besides your desk and forget about it, I’d counsel against placing it on the wall since it can run a little hot and a few air vents might be obstructed, so it is ideal to leave it a space to breath (also avoid placing it in almost any enclosed area for exactly the exact same reason).

The gadget remains comparatively small (measuring just 5.24 x 5.24 x 1.65 inches) and it’s somewhat lightweight (weighs 2.1 pounds ), however, the four feet with plastic pads ought to include a little to the equilibrium element. At the base of the SB8200, it is possible to discover a little label with information concerning the device (including the Serial Number, the MAC ID along with the version name), whereas on the front of the modem, you will find four LED lights that show the condition of the Power, Receive (if it is green, there is a high-speed online connection with bonded DOCSIS 3.0 stations, and, whether it is blue, then it utilizes ensured DOCSIS 3.1 stations ), Send (green — DOCSIS 3.0; blue — DOCSIS 3.1) and Internet (green suggests that the modem is on the Web ).

The LEDs are somewhat less extreme than on past generations (no mild bleed), however, overall, the apparatus still provides the exact same cheerful vibe which I came to expect from Arris modems.

On the rear of this SB8200 (on a bright backdrop )there are two RJ-45 Ethernet interfaces (in addition to 2 LEDs — if it is amber, subsequently, there is a 10/100 Mbps data link and, even if it is green, then, there is a GigE data link ), a single recessed Reset button (press on the button for 3 to 4 minutes to reboot the modem or press on the button for 10 minutes or longer to return the unit to factory default settings), a Cable Connector and the Power Port.

It’s very uncommon to see both Ethernet interfaces on a cable modem and also why Arris has included them will be to permit the connection of 2 devices in precisely the exact same time (that the ISP must supply an extra IP address to your next apparatus — ISPs do not offer additional IP addresses to home users, so far as I am aware, so just business owners are able to benefit from the attribute ), but you will find additional potential applications, like developing a failover system (it is clear that you would require another carrier in order for it to operate ) or join aggregation.

I really don’t believe the SB8200 goes together with the IEEE 802.3advertisement Link Aggregation to the typical user (which creates just one high-bandwidth hyperlink interface by grouping over 1 Ethernet ports in the surface ), though it would be intriguing to send speeds as many as 2 Gbps utilizing both jack (dual-link) in precisely the exact same time on your router.

Hardware

The SB8200 ought to have the ability to take care of downstream bonded stations around 32 SCQAM or two OFDM and upstream bonded stations around 8 SCQAM or two OFDMA.

As you can see, there is a little asterisk symbol which explains the DOCSIS 3.1 standard supports 5Gigabit download rates and the output signal of these Gigabit interfaces is 2Gbps combined.

Arris SB8200 is still a relatively new device, however, it’s compatible with all the leading Internet Service Providers, including Comcast (Xfinity support ) and Cox, while Charter, Time Warner, and Bright House should add it into the compatible modems listing in a brief time period (pending status). As always, prior to buying this cable modem, then you have to be certain it’s compatible with your ISP (you may confirm their site for a complete list of compatible modems or merely phone them) and, as the SB8200 includes some novelty attributes, you want to be certain that you truly need this type of device and that it is (or are ) appropriate for the information programs your ISP can supply (1Gbps or longer, if it be available).

This brings us into the flea issue: if you purchase your own modem or lease it from the cable provider? As anticipated, Internet Service Providers are not so happy once you buy your own modem, therefore, most will probably be hesitant to assist you with any difficulty which they could believe is modem connected (if there is an issue with the relationship, your modem would be the very first to get blamed). What’s more, you might or might not obtain the most recent firmware upgrades. Purchasing your cable modem would be the less costly option on the very long term since some ISPs have a terrible habit of asking a huge sum each month because of their rentals and you’d get your cash back in less than a year and a half (occasionally, even earlier ).

Like I said in the prior segment, the maximum theoretical output must be 2Gbps if connection aggregation is demanded, however, the majority of folks may wish to work with it with a 1Gbps download information program, therefore, in fact, it is possible to find an average of 950 Mbps (what a Gigabit Ethernet port can generally send ). At precisely the exact same time, even if the 1Gbps rate isn’t available in your town, you can still benefit from the additional stations, particularly in the event that you have difficulties with congested nodes. As a side note, I was thrilled to realize that the latency issues that plagued the preceding Arris modem have been gone and that occurred since the SB8200 uses a Broadcom chip, rather than this Intel Puma 6.

At this time any router must do just fine (be mindful that an economical one can turn into a bottleneck), however, later on, you might have to check out a router that supports the entire power of this SB8200 (one which manages link aggregation).

Installation

Next, if the activation method isn’t performed automatically, you want to contact your service provider to trigger the modem (to check if all is functioning correctly, simply open a browser and then type a valid URL).

Aside from the online utility offered from Arris, you may even obtain access to some Spectrum Analyzer webpage by seeing 192.168.100.1:8080 and, when prompted to add the username and password, type admin and password (to get it, you have to utilize Google Chrome or Safari and you have to ensure the interface is opened rather than blocked from the router).

Conclusion

The SB8200 is exactly what Arris needed to allow it to recover the clients’ trust, it’s a well developed apparatus, it’s great internal components, it supports both the new DOCSIS 3.1 standard and it guarantees an excellent speed functionality later on. Now, does the customary consumer really require such a device at this time? Right now, not really, because DOCSIS 3.1 is only being executed from the ISPs and also to make the most of those 2 vents, you would want to use link aggregation, which is something which needs to be implemented later on. In general this is a really good device and undoubtedly among the very future-proofed cable modems in the marketplace (along with Netgear CM1000), but its price tag makes it more acceptable for tech fans, than the normal consumer.

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