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Comparison Between SB6183 and SB6190 ARRIS Cable Modems

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If you are looking to purchase a cable modem which provides you uninterrupted high-speed ranging from 600 to 1400 Mbps coupled with 16 to 32 download channels then Arris Motorola SB 6183 and SB6190 modems are the ones to look at.

Why should you go for Motorola Arris SB6183 or SB6190 modems

Currently, the Arris Motorola SB6190 and Arris Motorola SB6183 modems are regarded as the fastest cable modems mostly used by the consumers. These two models are currently running on DOCSIS technology and yes, as the name suggests, SB6183 modem is slightly older compared to SB 6190 modem. Before purchasing any of them, always keep it in mind that if you are not using cable then these two models are not at all meant to you as they are only cable modems.


1. Speed

SB6183 modems come with a downloadable speed of up to 686 Mbps and upload speed of up to 131 Mbps. While the download speeds of SB 6190 modem is 1400 Mbps with an upload speed of up to 262 Mbps.

So, the speed wise verdict of SB6183 vs SB6190 is SB6190 bests SB6183 comprehensively.

2. Download and upload channels

When we compared the download and upload channels of both the modems, the result was incredible.

SB6183 modem comes with 16 download channels which are much less than SB6190 which comes with 32 download channels.

When it comes to uploading channels, SB6190 modem again has the edge over SB6183 modem as it has 8 upload channels compared to the 4 of SB 6183.

So, if your primary work is downloading and uploading then the clear winner in this aspect is SB6190.

3. Ipv4 and ipv6 support.

Both of these modems are supporting the latest internet standard namely Ipv4 and ipv6 so in this aspect, both can be considered equals.

DOCSIS technology

Whether you opt for SB6183 or SB6190 you should know that both utilize the DOCSIS technology which means Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification and is regarded as the international standard specially made to ensure flawless high-speed data transfer through any existing cable TV connections. Right now, both of these modems are running on DOCSIS 3.0 technology which can’t be considered the latest version as the latest modem runs on DOCSIS 3.1 technology. So if you want a modem that is future proof and uses the latest technology then these models may not be suitable for you.

4. Key aspect of channel bonding

Before you choose between the two models, you need to have a sound conception about the channel bonding aspect of these two modems as it is the key in the case of cable modems.

Channel bonding is regarded as the technology that specifically allows a modem to use multiple channels on a simultaneous basis to enhance the overall performance of the modems by negating any possibility of slow networks or lags. In simple words, channel bonding in both SB6183 and 6190 works like that of a water pipe where instead of passing water through 4 or 5 small pipes, the diameter of the main pipe is increased to provide you with overall performance improvement. However, always keep in mind that the amount of channels that can be bonded solely depends on your ISP network provider and not on the modem, but yes, the modem must have the utmost capacity to bond with the channels.

As for example, the Arris SB6190 has the capacity to bond with 32 downloading channels and 8 uploading channels which is better compared to SB6183 modem but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will more than what your ISP service provider can offer but yes, in future if your provider starts to offer then you will be future ready.

Final verdict

Comparing the various aspects of these two modems, we can see that if we consider the download and upload speed, SB6190 modem is ahead of SB6183. Apart from that, when it comes to channel linking, SB6190 is a lot better compared to SB6183 modem. So, if you want a quick fix then go for SB6183 modem or else save some bucks wait some more days and go for SB6190 modem. If you have a tight budget, SB6183 will be more than enough to do your routine day 2 day online activities. So, it is currently advisable to go for 6183 on a temporary basis, say 6 months as a stop gap before you switch to the latest DOCSIS 3.1cable modems.

So, according to us in spite of having high speed and more channel linking capacity, SB6183 is the ideal stop gap modem.

Comparison Between SB6183 and SB6190 ARRIS Cable Modems
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