Modem router combo has been really popular these days. The fact that you don’t have to buy or rent a separate router and modem altogether makes it sound like a steal for many users. It saves a lot of money and creates less hassle during the installation process.
One of the most popular modem router combos online is the Motorola MT7711, a Comcast Xfinity certified modem router combo device. It’s a cheap DOCSIS 3.0 modem router combo, with a lot of features you would expect from any recent combo devices out there.
|Channel Bonding||24×8 DOCSIS 3.0 AC1900|
|Number of Bands||Dual (2.4GHz & 5GHz)|
|Compatibility||Xfinity, Cox, Charter, Spectrum|
|Number of Antenna||3 Internal|
|Speed||Up to 1900 Mbps|
|Phone Ports||2x XFINITY Voice compatible|
|Ethernet Ports||4x Gigabit (GigE)|
- Easy to set up, takes only about 15 minutes.
- It is a 3-in-1 device: it is a modem router combo with Comcast Xfinity voice.
- It connects easily with devices (computers, iPad, smartphone, etc) if you use the same name and password of your previous Wi-Fi network.
- It uses a Broadcom chipset for a more reliable connection.
- It is compatible with the battery backup option, Model 98250.
- Cheaper than other options.
- Still DOCSIS 3.0, you need to upgrade in the future if you are planning a Gigabit plan upgrade
- Compatible with some cable companies for the Internet, but VOIP is only compatible with Comcast Xfinity.
- Some users report that the product doesn’t last long because the Wi-Fi router component starts failing.
- Sometimes the VOIP feature doesn’t work.
The Motorola MT7711 is a CableLabs certified cable modem device and has Internet speeds up to 1900Mbps. It features a DOCSIS 3.0 with 24×8 channel bonding technology. That means, it is 24 times faster in download speed and 8 times faster in upload speed than the older DOCSIS 2.0 devices.
The following is the complete rundown of the device’s specs and features. At the end of this article, we will also be comparing it with its direct competitor, the Netgear Nighthawk C7100V, which we recently reviewed on this website.
1. DOCSIS 3.0, with 24×8 channel bonding technology
DOCSIS 3.1 has been out for a long time, but that doesn’t mean DOCSIS 3.0 is now obsolete. Most Internet plans these days still operates at less than 400Mbps speed, which is good enough speed for a home or office plan. If you are currently subscribed to Comcast Xfinity Internet plan, with speed less than 400Mbps, then the Motorola MT7711 cable modem router combo will be a good choice.
DOCSIS 3.0 ensures coverage up to 1800 sq. ft., and connection to up to 30 devices at the same time. The 24×8 channel bonding technology also makes sure you retain the Internet speed you paid for even during peak hours. During peak hours, your Internet service provider (ISP) will limit the Internet speed of each channel to lessen data traffic. You can also uncap the Internet speed in Windows by following this guide.
Now, what channel bonding does is combines all the available speed from each of its channels to retain your high-speed Internet connection. In the case of Motorola MT7711, it is 24 downstream, and up to 8 upstream channels. So it got 24 downstream channels, and 8 upstream channels at its disposal to combine.
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2. AC1900 Dual-band (2.4GHz, & 5GHz) Gigabit router
The Motorola MT7711 24×8 cable modem/router combo is an AC1900 Wi-Fi router. That means, it both supports 2.4GHz, and 5GHz Wi-Fi, with a maximum combined throughput reaching up to 1900Mbps. The 2.4GHz Wi-Fi can reach up to 600Mbps, while the 5GHz can go up to 1300Mbps.
If you wonder what the difference between the two bands, read the following bullets below:
- 2.4GHz can cover a larger area but is slower than 5GHz
- 5GHz is faster than the 2.4GHz but has less coverage area
3. AnyBeam beamforming at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
The beamforming technology will be able to extend your Wi-Fi coverage, reduce dead spots, unnecessary radio frequency interference, to deliver a more stable Wi-Fi connection for voice and HD video. The Motorola MT7711 cable modem router combo improves on this technology with their AnyBeam beamforming technology.
As mentioned above, 2.4GHz is slower than 5GHz but has wider coverage. AnyBeam improves both the downsides of these bands. For 2.4Ghz, it is a faster Wi-Fi connection, while retaining wider coverage. For 5GHz, it is retaining its Wi-Fi speed while ensuring a much wider coverage than it was previously capable of.
4. Four Ethernet ports, and two Xfinity Voice phone ports
Finally, the Motorola MT7711 cable modem router has many ports for even more usage. It has four Ethernet ports that you can use for direct cable connection to a computer, game console, television, or streaming player. At the same time, it has RJ-11 Telephone ports for Comcast Xfinity Voice. The Coax cable connector is also there for the TV set-top box.
Motorola MT7711 vs Netgear Nighthawk C7100V
We recently reviewed the Netgear Nighthawk C7100V on this website. And since it is a direct competitor of the Motorola MT7711, it would be nice to have a little comparison and similarities between the two cable modem router combo to let you decide which one will work best for you.
1. Both are built on DOCSIS 3.0, with 24×8 channel bonding
Both the Motorola MT7711 and the Netgear Nighthawk C7100V is built upon DOCSIS 3.0 technology, with 24 downstream, and 8 upstream channels. That means both are capable of 28×4 channel bonding technology. There is no competition between in this regard as they are both capable of the same technology.
2. Both are AC1900 and supports Dual-band Wi-Fi
Both the Motorola MT711 and Netgear Nighthawk C7100V are AC1900, which means both support total throughput of up to 1900Mbps. The Motorola MT7711 can support Comcast Xfinity Internet plans of up to 400Mbps. The Netgear Nighthawk C7100V can also support up to 400Mbps Internet plans. As for the dual-band support, both supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi up to 600Mbps, and 5GHz of up to 1300Mbps. So both are capable in this regard.
3. Both has its proprietary beamforming technology
Both the Motorola MT7711 and Netgear Nighthawk C7100V has its proprietary beamforming technology. Motorola has AnyBeam, while Netgear uses Beamforming+. Both work just the same though. So expect better beamforming with both devices.
4. Both have Comcast Xfinity Telephone ports but…
Both the Motorola MT7711 and Netgear Nighthawk C7100V has four Ethernet ports, and two RJ-11 telephone ports for Comcast Xfinity Voice. Both also have a Coax cable connection for the TV set-top-box, but the Netgear Nighthawk C7100V leads the pack with an extra two USB ports for things like USB hard drive, or USB printer. While some wouldn’t care less about USB ports anymore, it comes in handy for office spaces where you need a centralized printer for everyone.
5. The Netgear Nighthawk C7100V is cheaper
The Netgear Nighthawk C7100V can be bought cheap on Amazon, which is currently listed for only USD 180 or even less. The Motorola MT7711, on the other hand, is still listed for like $199 bucks, but can sometimes go up to USD 240. So that’s like a huge difference. It will even get more expensive if you decided to avail of battery backup, which is both available for the devices. This should give you up to 8 hours of talk time.
The Motorola MT7711 is a good direct competitor with the Netgear Nighthawk C7100V. Both have almost the same features, but one comes out a little cheaper than the other.
The Motorola MT7711 is a good DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem router combo, but with some of its flaws, it is really hard to recommend. Some users report that the device doesn’t last long until the router part starts failing. For a USD 240 device, this doesn’t sound like a good deal, and you’ll be better off renting which is about USD 156 per year. However, there are some competitors like the Netgear Nighthawk C7100V which is cheaper and has a more forgivable flaw than Motorola MT7711. Yes, it overheats and shuts itself down, but at least it’s not a brick after a year of use.