Wowway Compatible Cable Modems

By Kasandra Rose

WOWway is one of the smaller and less expensive communication service providers offering high-speed Internet, cable and telephone service. In 2009, they began charging a rental fee for their cable modems. Since modems typically last three to five years, purchasing your own modem became very attractive. Unfortunately, many of the compatible modems that will run on the WOWway network and are readily available to consumers are not supported by WOWway. Not being supported means that their tech service department will not help you solve connection issues that you have with that brand of modem. Most of their supported modems are not available for consumer purchase, with the exception of the Surfboard 6120. As of December 2010, DOCSIS 3.0, the latest and fastest modem protocol, is only supported for rented WOWway modems.

Fully Supported Modems

All Scientific Atlanta modems ($38 Used as of December 2010) are supported. They are black and sit horizontally. Some used modems are available. SA is now owned by Cisco. It is difficult or impossible for the consumer to purchase one new. All Non-Linksys modems by Cisco are fully supported but only the integrated cards ($900 as of December 2010) are easily obtainable by consumers. The standalone Cisco modems are difficult or impossible to find new.All Arris modems ($10 used as of December 2010) are supported. They stand upright and are black. It is difficult or impossible to get this modem new, although some pre-owned Comcast modems are available. It is uncertain if these would be suitable for WOWway, since no specs are available.The Motorola SB6120 ($78 as of December 2010) sits horizontally, has an Ethernet/USB port and is black. It can run DOCSIS 3.0, 2.0 and 1.1 and is supported by WOWay technical support; however, it does not run at DOCSIS 3.0 speeds as of December 2010.

Compatilble 3.0 Modems at Slower Speeds

Any DOCSIS 3.0 modem that is backwards compatible to DOCSIS 1.0 will operate on the WOWway system. However, these are slower than WOWay supported modems.Zoom 5341 ($80 as of December 2010) is black, sits horizontally, has an Ethernet/ USB port and runs DOCSIS 3.0, 2.0, 1.1 and 1.0 services, making it compatible with the WOWway system but it is not supported by the WOWay technical support team.

Compatible 2.0 Modems at Slower Speed

Linksys CM100 Cable Modem ($53 as of December 2010) has an Ethernet/ USB port and runs DOCSIS 2.0, 1.0 and 1.1 services, making it compatible with the WOWway system but it is not supported by the WOWay technical support team.SURFboard SB5101 has an upright form, is dark gray and is capable of 38Mbps/30Mbps Download/Upload speed. It has an Ethernet/ USB port and runs DOCSIS 2.0 and 1.X services, making it compatible with the WOWway system but it is not supported by the WOWay technical support team.D-Link DCM-202 Cable Modem ($70 as of December 2010) has an upright form and is silver. It has an Ethernet/ USB port and runs DOCSIS 2.0, 1.1 and 1.0 services, making it compatible with the WOWway system but it is not supported by the WOWay technical support team.Zoom Cable Modem 5241 ($50 as of December 2010) has a horizontal form and is black. It has an Ethernet/ USB port and runs DOCSIS 2.0 and 1.0 services, making it compatible with the WOWway system but it is not supported by the WOWay technical support team.

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