Get to your favorite Web sites quickly, download graphics with unbelievable ease, and enjoy real-time interactive PC gaming and expand console gaming with broadband Internet access from the cable modem market leader-Motorola. With the next-generation SURFboard SB5101 cable modem, you're compatible with today's broadband Internet-and ready for the future, too. When your cable service provider upgrades to a DOCSIS 2.0 network system, you'll surf the Internet at as much as 30 Mbps-3 times faster than earlier modems! With Ethernet and USB connectivity, installation couldn't be simpler. A convenient stand-by button provides hassle-free security by disengaging from the PC without disconnecting from the cable network. Troubleshooting is a breeze too, thanks to front panel status indicator LEDs and an online diagnostics page.Once you've experienced broadband powered by Motorola, you'll never want to go back to dial up again! Get onto the cable pipeline today with the powerful, convenient, flexible and simple to install SURFboard SB5101 cable modem.
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Get to your favorite Web sites quickly, download graphics with unbelievable ease, and enjoy real-time interactive PC gaming and expand console gaming with broadband Internet access from the cable modem market leader--Motorola.
With the next-generation SURFboard SB5101 cable modem, you're compatible with today's broadband Internet--and ready for the future, too. When your cable service provider upgrades to a DOCSIS 2.0 network system, you'll surf the Internet at as much as 30 Mbps--3 times faster than earlier modems!
With Ethernet and USB connectivity, installation couldn't be simpler. A convenient stand-by button provides hassle-free security by disengaging from the PC without disconnecting from the cable network. Troubleshooting is a breeze too, thanks to front panel status indicator LEDs and an online diagnostics page.
Once you've experienced broadband powered by Motorola, you'll never want to go back to dial up again! Get onto the cable pipeline today with the powerful, convenient, flexible and simple to install SURFboard SB5101 cable modem.
Always on, always connected
Installs easily in just four steps
User-friendly online diagnostics page
No additional software required
Slim vertical design saves desk space
USB or Ethernet connectivity--simplifies installation, enhances versatility
Supports up to 63 users
Capable of downloading up to 100 times faster than traditional 28.8k analog phone modems
No telephone line needed
When connected to a DOCSIS 2.0 cable network, capable of up to 30 Mbps upstream capacity — that's 3 times faster than our previous models
Real-time gaming access
Specially designed architecture--allows for future upgrades
Top-mounted stand by switch--disconnects the USB and Ethernet connection to the computer without disconnecting the cable modem from the RF network
CableLabs DOCSIS 1.1 and 2.0 Certified
Macintosh OS8 or higher
Supports standard Internet software
Minimum 486/66/ (Pentium processor preferred) or Macintosh-compatible CPU (Power PC)
Operating systems such as: Windows 95/98/2000/NT/Me/XP; Macintosh OS 8 or higher; and Unix
10/100 Base-T Ethernet or USB connection
Check with your local cable provider for DOCSIS high speed data service
SURFboard SB5101 cable modem
USB and Ethernet cables
Installation CD-Rom with USB drivers
Quick Start Guide
6 x 2.3 x 6.2 inches ; 1.5 pounds
Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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As an FYI, Amazon has this product listed 3 different ways as "Motorola Surfboard Broadband Cable Modem SB-5101" and as "Motorola Surfboard SB5101 Cable Modem" and as "SURFboard Cable Modem". All are listed at 3 different prices, too!
I did a little bit of homework, and the Motorola seemed to have good reviews. This product is supposed to be the same in function as the SB5120 except that the SB5101 uses a slightly different chip set.
I chose to buy a cable modem so that I could replace the rental unit from the cable company. Make sure your cable company supports this cable modem before buying!
For my setup, I have my cable service from the evil Comcast, my cable modem, and an older Linksys wireless router. The day my Motorola cable modem arrived, I took it out of the box, glanced at the Quick setup guide, and plugged it in. I called Comcast, navigated through their Byzantine automated phone menu system, and read off the MAC ID to the tech services person. He did some stuff on his end to first recognize the new cable modem. Then he had to do some other configuration on his end because of the router. Once that was done, viola! We've been using the cable modem for the past week or so without incident.
To me this is the best kind of electronics product. It takes ~30 sec to hook it up, and once it's done, you can forget about it. It took longer to open the package (and much longer on the call with Comcast) than it took to hook it up.
I bought the Motorola Surfboard 5101 a couple of weeks ago on Amazon. Think they must have gotten a new vendor because the price was about $15 cheaper and there were hundreds of reviews for this cable modem.
I just wanted to point out some things that I picked up from the other reviews. I am a Comcast customer and I wanted to avoid paying the $3/month rental charge for their RCA modem. When I connected the 5101 even though I had all green lights I still had no internet connection. That is because you have to call Comcast and tell them your new MAC ID number that is shown on the modem. This is not pointed out anywhere in the instructions. The Comcast tech did not ask for my serial number. After a few minutes he made the change and said everything was OK.
I rebooted the modem and computer but I still could not connect to the net. I remembered from other reviews that it takes about ten or fifteen minutes for the change to take place. After 15 minutes I rebooted everything and I had my internet connection.
Also there is no mention that the 5101 works with Vista. Thought I might have to download some drivers but I didn't. It works just fine with Vista.
After two weeks the 5101 modem has been working with no problems. I do use that Standby button when I am not connected to the net just because all those green lights are a distraction.
I have been a Comcast high-speed Internet customer for about 5 years. The modem Comcast provided as part of a package deal was a Motorola Surfboard 4100. About 4 months ago, I noticed that I was getting barely more than 1/2 the speed I was paying for, which was 6Mbps. I complained to tech support. They sent a technician out and within 3 sec. after walking into my office, he said, "Oh...I know exactly what the problem is; you have an 'end-of-life' modem. You need to upgrade to a 2.1 DOCSIS modem, and I would recommend a Motorola Surfboard as one of the best." So I got on my favorite shopping site, Amazon, and bought one. Not only did it work perfectly from day one, my average download speed on Speakeasy.net is ~22Mbps -- almost 6 1/2 times what I was getting with the old Surfboard -- and the upload speed increased from ~364Kbps to ~1.6Mbps.
Would other brands do as well? Probably, but I stuck with Motorola because the last one was 100% reliable; never had a problem. The only reason it was not delivering the speed is because Comcast's system had changed and the old modem's software could not keep up with it. I also like the fact that Motorola moved the standby button to the top where it is more easily accessible. I have a new Vista computer and have to put the modem on Standby after putting the computer to sleep, because (not sure why) Internet activity tends to wake it back up.
I found it disappointing that Comcast apparently does not alert its customers when their modems are obsolete. If you're having a similar problem, check with your ISP. If you need to upgrade your modem, I highly recommend this one.
We just ordered th SB-5120 from Fry's, and they sent this model instead. The SB-5101 has almost identical specifications, just the case is a little different, and I guess the 5120 includes TurboDOCS software. We previously had an old Toshiba, which has given stellar service for 5 years, but we decided it was time to replace it before it failed. The Motorola Surfboard was very easy to install, just plug in the ethernet cable to the router (or to your PC), connect the coaxial cable and plug in the power. There is no need to install software or drivers unless you want to use a USB connection. We also had to call Cox Highspeed Internet to give their tech support the new serial number and MAC address of the new cable modem (the Cox website neglects to tell you this step). That was the hardest part of the whole process - it took about 20 minutes, taking into account resetting and rebooting the system at their request. I am not sure that this modem is any faster than the old one, but we have a low signal on our line to start with.
Overall it was very easy to set up and has been fast and reliable. It plays nicely with our router, and has caused no problems in constant daily use on a home network with 4 computers.