Router/Mesh Network Recommendation

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  1. SineDave

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    Actually a common misconception and tactic used by amazon sellers who just want to sell CAT6 that isn't shielded for a tidy profit. You have to ensure you get CAT6 STP (Shielded Twisted Pair). UTP is unshielded (Unshielded Twisted Pair) and doesn't have nearly the same ability to reject EMI and RFI.

    https://techdifferences.com/difference-between-utp-and-stp-cables.html\
     
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    It's been a while @SineDave. Maybe it's Cat6 vs Cat6a (not Cat6e) in terms of shielded vs non-shielded.

    Seems you can get Cat6a for reasonable prices (Shielded STP):
    https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=5907

    It can be expensive from what I've seen depending on brand and where you buy. Even now.

    Honestly. I just have the cable that came with the products I bought. They fulfill my needs. My Cox rates are 150 Mbps downstream and like 10x less upstream. I pay about $89 a month. Cox milks the fact that they are the only show in town for Irvine. You know the classic introductory period, and after that you bend over. The DSL infrastructure is not strong in Irvine, and only a handful of places have fiber. Not mine.

    I haven't ran a test to check max rates on my home little network. But like I said before, I can transfer a file wirelessly at around 400 Mbps according to Windows. And that's from my PRO6 to the R7800 using whatever cable (proly Cat5) and then through the 5G Wifi. Can't say I need more than 400 Mbps for my needs.
     
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    LOL! EMI and RFI. Yup, I remember that. Alien noise. It takes me back.

    Don't use walkie-talkies near your network.

    I think back then someone actually fried a phone or something when he put some random walkie-talkie next to it. But that's a bit extreme.
     
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    For Cat6 and up, isn't the cleanliness of the termination quite important as well?
     
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    Yup. Connectors are important.
     
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    Easy. CAT8 only comes in shielded.
     
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    Maybe slightly off-topic, but at least tangentially related. Do the gurus in the thread have a favorite DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem they'd recommend? Currently using a Netgear CM600 (DOCSIS 3.0, 24x8 down/upstream channels), but it's being flagged as insufficient by my provider for my current 500 mbps plan. Current research points to either the Arris Surfboard SB8200 or the Netgear CM1000. Looks like their specs are pretty similar, and they use the same Broadcom chip, but the SB8200 has 3GB RAM vs. 256MB RAM in the Netgear and the SB8200 also supports link aggregation (which I would not use for a long while). I've read the SB8200 runs hotter, and like the looks of the CM1000 more.
     
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    I use this:

    https://www.amazon.com/MOTOROLA-Approved-Comcast-Gigablast-MB8600/dp/B0723599RQ

    Sits in front of an Edge router and Orbii mesh. Gateway has worked flawlessly for me.
     
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    Motorola/Arris SB8200 if you really need 3.1, or SB61xx if you don't. I have no experience with their combo modem/WiFi models, only the straight modem-only devices.
     
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