- Brand Name: Motorola
- Model Number: 501209-001-00
- Hardware Platform: PC
- Connectivity Technology: ethernet, usb
- Data Link Protocol: Ethernet // Fast Ethernet
Motorola Surfboard SB5100 Cable Modem
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- DOCSIS 1.1 and 2.0 Certified
- Integrated A-TDMA and S-CDMA technology--capable of providing up to 30 Mbps upstream data rate
- USB and Ethernet connectivity
- Front panel status LEDs and built-in HTML-based diagnostics for quick and easy troubleshooting
- Compatible with Windows 95, 98, 2000, Me, NT, XP, Mac OS, Linux, and UNIX
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Top Customer Reviews
Most times we were given Ambit modems to install (about 2 or 3 Ambit for every other type on a daily basis). Most times we had problems that were modem defect related, they were Ambit modems, however, that can't be chalked off to an average likelihood because they were installed more. Now, they failed in high numbers like about 1 out of 4 or 5 before an install could even be completed. To their credit, althought Ambits were what I see as unreliable (drop dead on a dime!), they did stretch the limtis of low signal way beyond cable co specs (+10 to -10 dBs) and sometimes worked (gag) even low as -14dB to (one particular occassion I remember -19dB where other modems could never lock on or would never stay locked on to the two frequencies. Although I can't describe the level of service they would provide at that point of signal degredation as anything better than "beats dial-up" when it would not achieve the "theoretical" maximum speeds of 3Mbps given customers but would get a more lackluster 300-600Kbps. Some customers were happy to be able to get that and more anxious to have that right away than to reschedule for another tech to come later and finish the installation after fixing line problems causing such low signals when it wasn't something that could be found and fixed within the alloted time for the original install.
Our second most installed modem were Motorola Surfboards.Read more ›
Installation was easy with a quick start guide as well as a full manual (on cd). For the price, you can't beat it. It has the latest technology- DOCSIS 2.0 but is backward compatible with the older standards DOCSIS 1.0 and 1.1 used by mostly all cable internet providers. (Please be sure to check with your cable internet provider first before buying any modem to make sure they support the DOCSIS standard and modem you are considering buying.)
The Motorola has both USB and Ethernet connections so you can directly hook up 2 computers without having to buy extra networking hardware. Another nice feature is the STANDBY button at the top which you can use to temporarily cut off the internet. Also, it is relatively compact (roughly 6"H x 2"W x 6"D), so it won't take over your valuable desk space.
Performance-wise, I can't say I noticed much of a difference from their old modem but cable bandwith can be variable depending on the number of users in the neighborhood. At least it wasn't any slower.
Based on all this, I figured why buy a modem with older technology for more $$ that probably can't be upgraded when you can have the latest and greatest now for cheaper- a rare combination.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a friend ordered but it broke after 3 months and it could not be sent backPublished 1 month ago by Deborah
THis is now completely outdated and not supported docsys 2.0 is dead. All the positive reviews are 10 years old. This should no longer be sold, it should be sent to be recycled.Published 4 months ago by john
The modem works fine, however the seller will try to pass of a used modem as new. Check for dust when you open it.Published 4 months ago by Steve