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A List of Approved Modems and Routers for Spectrum, Comcast Xfinity, Cox, Optimum, & More

If you’re wondering, “Will my modem work with my new Internet plan?” or “Will my router work with my new ISP?”, the short answer is Yes — so long as you check for compatibility.

While you could go with your ISP’s modem and router rental service, many consumers want the opportunity to choose a modem and router themselves. Taking on the responsibility of choosing your own router and modem has many advantages, from saving money to improving connectivity and Internet speed in your home.

However, choosing a modem and router that is approved for and works well with your ISP is essential to success should you choose to forego ISP-provided hardware. In general, the most important thing to weigh is whether or not your modem is compatible with your provider — a router just needs to be compatible with your modem. Here is a list of some of the more popular and highly rated approved routers and modems for some of the most popular and highly rated Internet service providers.

Comcast Xfinity Approved Modems and Routers

If you already have your own router and modem or modem/router combo and you have new Comcast Xfinity service, you can check Xfinity’s modem compatibility list here. Otherwise, read on to find a list of approved devices.

Comcast Xfinity Approved Modems

The best modem for Xfinity often translates into what is the best modem for your needs. Below you’ll find a list of Xfinity compatible modems, as well as a short description of what that modem is best for.

  • The Motorola MB7621 is an ideal choice for any Xfinity Internet plan.
  • The NETGEAR CM500 is a great choice for anyone seeking a reliable and approved low cost modem.
  • The ARRIS SURFboard SB8200 works best for Xfinity gig plans. It utilizes DOCSIS 3.1, a newer technology, and can support download speeds of up to 2 Gbps.

Comcast Xfinity Approved Routers

Curious about which routers work best with Comcast Xfinity approved modems? The list below gives good guidance, but, in general, make sure your router is compatible with the modem you’re using. Also, choose a router that offers faster maximum speeds than what your plan advertises.

  • The TP-Link Archer A8 is a high-quality Xfinity approved router that’s also easy on your wallet.
  • Choose the TP-Link Archer A20 if you have a Comcast Xfinity Gigabit plan. It offers 1625 Mbps on both 5G bands and 750 Mbps on 2.4G band.
  • The NETGEAR Nighthawk C7000 is a great choice for anyone wanting an approved Xfinity modem and router combo.

Cox Approved Modems and Routers

Have you just switched your ISP to Cox and are wondering about Cox compatible modems and routers? If you already have your own hardware and are just wondering whether or not you can use your own modem and/or router with Cox, check this Cox modem compatibility list. Otherwise, read on to find out what Cox modems — and the routers to support them — are best suited for your household.

Cox Approved Modems

There are a number of Cox compatible modems. Here are a couple of the more popular and readily available.

  • The NETGEAR CM500 is an inexpensive Cox approved modem that can meet most household’s daily Internet needs.
  • The Motorola MB8600 is a DOCSIS 3.1 modem and offers download speeds as fast as 3.8 Gbps.

Cox Approved Routers

To find a router that works with Cox, you need to simply ensure that the modem you’ve chosen will work with the router you’d like to use. Here are some excellent routers to consider that will likely work with Cox approved modems.

Spectrum Approved Modems and Routers

Already have your own modem and/or router and wondering whether or not it’s compatible with Spectrum? Check out Spectrum’s list of approved modems. If you’re looking to buy your own modem and/or router for Spectrum Internet service, keep reading.

Spectrum Approved Modems

There are a large number of modems that are currently compatible with Spectrum Internet — you just need to make sure that the modem you’re considering will fit well with your service plan.

  • The ARRIS SURFboard SB8200 is great for Spectrum gig plans. It makes use of DOCSIS 3.1 and can support download speeds of up to 2 Gbps.
  • The NETGEAR CM500 pops up on a lot of approved modem and router lists, because it’s widely compatible and is inexpensive.
  • For a solid modem/router combo, try the NETGEAR Orbi CBR750. It covers up to 3,000 square feet and supports gigabit speeds.

Spectrum Approved Routers

Once you know the modem you’d like to use with your Spectrum Internet, here are a handful of top-quality routers to consider.

Optimum Approved Modems and Routers

If you’re wondering, “Can I use my own router with Optimum?” or “Can I use my own modem with Optimum?”, the answer is Yes. Follow these instructions to connect your approved Optimum modem and router to Optimum’s Internet service. If you’re wondering what Optimum approved modem or router to buy, read on.

Optimum Approved Modems

Depending on the service you’ve chosen, and your household’s needs, here are a few excellent modem choices for Optimum customers.

  • The NETGEAR CM500 is an ideal choice for Optimum customers on a budget.
  • If you have Optimum 1 Gig, the Motorola MB8600 will make sure your download speeds are as high as they can be.
  • For a less expensive Optimum 1 Gig-compatible modem, try the NETGEAR CM1000.

Optimum Approved Routers

Here are a few routers that will work well with Optimum compatible modems.

Xtream Powered by Mediacom Approved Routers and Modems

Mediacom does allow residential customers to provide their own routers and modems. However, modems and routers must be DOCSIS 3.0 or 3.1 or they won’t work, and Mediacom specifically recommends 3.1 so that customers can hit the advertised speeds. To find out if the modem you already have is compatible with Xtream look through their list of Mediacom compatible modems and installation guides.

Xtream Powered by Mediacom Approved Modems

Here are a handful of high-quality modems that will work well with Mediacom Internet.

  • The ARRIS SURFboard SB8200 is perfect for Xtream’s fast Internet. With DOCSIS 3.1, it can hit download speeds of up to 2 Gbps.
  • The two-in-one NETGEAR Nighthawk AX2700 CAX30 combo is perfect for households with high Internet use across multiple devices.
  • Once again, the Motorola MB8600 is on the approved list. A DOCSIS 3.1 modem, it offers download speeds as fast as 3.8 Gbps.

Xtream Powered by Mediacom Approved Routers

Here are some routers to consider pairing with your Xtream compatible modem.

Sparklight Approved Modems and Routers

Sparklight advises customers who do not rent their modems and routers from them to ensure they are at least a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem. Only cable modems (or eMTAs) work with Sparklight. DSL modems are not supported. Not sure if what you have has the right technology? Look through Sparklight’s list of compatible devices here.

Sparklight Approved Modems

When it comes to picking the right modem for your Sparklight Internet service, keep in mind the advertised speed and specs of your service plan. Make sure your modem can do at least what your service plan advertises.

  • The NETGEAR Nighthawk CM1200 cable modem supports true multi-gig speeds for gaming and heavy streaming.
  • The Motorola MB7420 is perfect for a Sparklight mid-range Internet plan, and it’s low cost, too.
  • On a budget? Once again, the NETGEAR CM500 will do a good job.

Sparklight Approved Routers

These routers pair well with the above approved Sparklight modems for fast household Wi-Fi.

  • The Tenda AC1200 offers relatively low cost plus fast and stable Wi-Fi with whole home coverage.
  • The LINKSYS EA6350 AC1200+ is Sparklight compatible, low cost, reliable, and also offers parental controls.

Breezeline Approved Modems and Routers

There are a number of Breezeline compatible modems and routers available. Check their list to see if what you already have will work, or continue reading to find out which routers and modems are approved for use with Breezeline.

Breezeline Approved Modems

Here are some of the Breezeline compatible modems should you want to buy or bring your modem to your Breezeline Internet service.

Breezeline Approved Routers

While there are many routers that will work with the approved modems for Breezeline Internet service, these will provide particularly good range and speed throughout your living space.

GCI Approved Modems and Routers

GCI provides modems and routers (or combos) at no extra cost to their customers, so unless performance is an issue for you, trying to save money is of no concern. That being said, GCI does support customers utilizing their own modems and routers, although the list of certified modems is very small:

  • Hitron CODA 4582
  • Netgear CM1000

If you’re interested in using your own modem, router, or two-in-one device, contact GCI customer service at 1-800-800-4800 to ensure there won’t be any compatibility issues.

Fidelity Communications Approved Modems and Routers

Fidelity Communications offers broadband, DSL, fiber, and copper Internet service to its customers. It also provides a modem/router combo to its customers free of charge. While Fidelity will allow customers to bring their own modems and routers to the service, those devices must be at least DOCSIS 3.0.

Also, the type of Internet service you choose, which is sometimes dependent on your location, can also affect the type of modem — and therefore, router — you can use. Because of this, it’s best to contact Fidelity directly at 1-800-392-8070 to find out whether or not the modem and router you have are approved for the Fidelity Internet service you have.

Armstrong Approved Modems and Routers

Armstrong provides all in one devices for all their customers free of charge, but if you want to use your own modem and/or router in order to try and improve performance, read on for a list of Armstrong compatible modems and routers.

Armstrong Approved Modems

Armstrong has some remarkably fast Internet service. These modems can help make sure those advertised speeds are a reality in your home.

  • The ARRIS SURFboard SB8200 is great for Zoom Extreme plans and will work with every type of Armstrong service. It utilizes DOCSIS 3.1 and can support download speeds as high as 2 Gbps.
  • The NETGEAR CM1000 will also provide lightning fast connection and download speeds.
  • The Motorola MB8600 is also a fast modem that is Armstrong compatible.

Armstrong Approved Routers

Here are some routers to use alongside your Armstrong compatible modems.

  • The Google Wi-Fi Router solves Internet dead zones in household spaces very well and is compatible with most modems.
  • For households that need fast and stable Wi-Fi across multiple devices, the TP-Link Archer A20 router is perfect. Just be sure it’s compatible with your chosen modem.

MCTV Ohio Approved Modems and Routers

MCTV high-speed Internet requires a cable modem. Customers can supply their own, or they can use one provided by MCTV, free of charge. MCTV’s list of compatible modems favors DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1 modems. Read on to find out about some of the more popular modems and routers.

MCTV Ohio Approved Modems

  • The Arris SB6183 works well for Internet plans with speeds that go up to 400 Mbps.
  • The Cisco DPC3008 is a cost-effective modem solution.
  • The Motorola SB6141 is another DOCSIS 3.0 modem that is compatible with MCTV.

MCTV Approved Routers

Which routers work best with MCTV approved modems? Almost any — just be sure your router is compatible with the modem you’re using. Here are a couple routers that should ensure Wi-Fi as fast as your plan advertises.

There are dozens of Internet service providers out there, but it’s likely that, depending on where you live, you only have a handful — or fewer — to choose from. Regardless of whether you’re hoping to save money or improve your Internet experience, supplying your own modem, router, or two-in-one modem/router combo can make a lot of sense.

Follow this guide to find the best options for your ISP, and if you’re looking for a new Internet provider, let SmartMove help.

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