My Internet Speeds are Now Comcastic!


My Internet Speeds are Now Comcastic!

Hey Everyone! Today I wanted to talk about how I effectively doubled my internet speeds both wired and wireless while using Comcast/Xfinity in San Francisco.
After being on the same Comcast internet for the past 2 years and with Tim talking about routers on the forums, I decided to run a random speed test to check my internet speeds. I simply used and ran a test:speedbefore
Now the speed wasn’t too bad, but I remembered I had Blast! internet which should allow for up to 105mbps. I was currently using a Linksys N900 wireless router and leasing an older ARRIS WBM760 cable modem. Thanks to an article I was reading online, I found out that Comcast raised their pricing on leasing cable modems from $8 to $10. At that point it made me realize that I was effectively paying $120 to lease a cable modem per year. I started reading online a bit and even deep dove into some website reviews about cable modems and how Comcast is moving toward DOCSIS 3.0 etc.

With some research and review reading, I settled on the ARRIS SB6183 cable modem and the NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 wireless router! Before I go forward, I wanted to let you know that this cost me a whopping $430 before tax just to set your expectations a bit. I hooked these badboys up and called Comcast to activate the new cable modem. I ran another speedtest and I was astonished by the results:
Although my upload speed still remained relatively the same, my upload went up by more than double! What I was shocked to find was that the Nighthawk X6 helped my iPhone 5s(yes my grandma has a freaking iPhone 6+ making me look out of date) reach an insane download speed of 100mbps via the speedtest application!

Although I did not install DD-WRT firmware on the NETGEAR Nighthawk X6, it is performing beyond my expectations and I highly recommend people who have multiple devices connected to consider it! My NETGEAR Genie app shows that I have many people on my network, in this specific instance 20 people!
So that is now 20 people siphoning away at my internet and yet still I am able to internetz away without a hitch. People who are not having a million devices connected to Wi-Fi at a time may consider a different router like the ASUS RT-AC87U wireless router!

So for those who are on Comcast and have at least some sort of upgraded internet plan definitely consider trying what I did. Below are the two products I chose after doing a bunch of research and review reading to upgrade my home network:

Let me know if you have any questions, feedback, or comments on the products I owned or purchased! Also, I do now have a N900 router up for sale if anyone is interested!

About Benny

I was born and raised by the blanketing fog of San Francisco, CA. I love food, tech, and everything else that is synonymous with the words: nerd and geek. My hobbies include playing video games, watching anime, and dining out. Operating computers, setting up home theaters, crafting works of art with BiC round stic pens, and internet spelunking are my professional forte. I am Jack's infinite wealth of random knowledge and skills. Thanks for reading my lofty block of text!

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