Buy A Time Warner / Bright House / Spectrum
Approved Cable Modem

A guide to finding a modem that works with your Internet Service

Time Warner / Bright House / Spectrum Compatible Modems

Modem list updated December 2016. Prices updated every hour.

Charter has now bought Time Warner and Bright House TV and internet businesses and is beginning the process of rebranding it Spectrum. You can still buy your own modems. (If you're not in a former Time Warner/Bright House area and have Spectrum internet, go here to find modems: Charter Approved Modems.)

Below are all the modems on the Time Warner/Spectrum Approved Modem List and that can be bought at Amazon, Walmart or Best Buy. We've gone through all of them to find the ones that can be purchased at major retailers. (See Bright House Approved Modem List - Same as Time Warner)

If you're paying $10 a month to rent a modem from Time Warner or Bright House, that's $120 a year or $600 over 5 years. You can buy a new one that will pay for itself in less than one year.

Easy to install. Just call your internet company and give them the Cable Modem ID (MAC address) and drop off your old leased modem with them. (Instructions for finding your MAC Address)

Note: If you have Time Warner phone service, you can buy one of these modems for internet service. You then keep your old Time Warner modem for phone service, and Time Warner will not charge you for rental fees. Here's a helpful link on Time Warner's site: Instructions for connecting 2 modems (Scroll down to "Activate a purchased modem - Internet & TWC Phone Customer" and then click on "Set up and activate your modem".) Basically you just need a splitter to run one cable to your phone modem and one to your new internet modem.


DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modems

Cable Modem Buying Tips and FAQ's

Time Warner, Bright House, Road Runner or Spectrum customers who subscribe to Turbo, Extreme or Ultimate Internet Service or others who want to upgrade to faster services in the future, buy any of these DOCSIS 3.0 modems (Ultimate 300 subscribers should buy the ARRIS / Motorola SB6183, SB6190 or the Netgear C6300). We highly recommend customers of all speed plans buy a DOCSIS 3.0 modem in order to future-proof yourself as DOCSIS 2.0 modems are being phased out.:

All of these modems are high quality and have pretty much the same features, except of course those with routers built in. So don't worry too much about deciding which one to buy. Price should be a main factor in your buying decision. Buy one now and start saving those rental fees!

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ARRIS / Motorola SB6141 SURFBoard DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

The ARRIS / Motorola SB6141 is the updated version of their popular SB6121. It has 8-channel downstream bonding and 4-channel upstream, twice the maximum download speed of the SB6121 (Comcast / Xfinity has put the SB6121 on the end of life, EOL, list.) Not sure which one to buy? Buy this one. The newest version of the SB6141 is the SB6183, which has twice the maximum download speed of the SB6141. Supports IPv6 and IPv4 addressing. Works with Windows, Mac, or Linux computers.

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  • 4.4/5 (27,661 ratings counted at all sellers)

15% of November's visitors who bought a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, bought this one.

ARRIS / Motorola SB6183 SURFBoard DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

The ARRIS / Motorola SB6183 is one of the latest versions in their Surfboard series. With 16-channel downstream bonding and 4-channel upstream, it can handle the fastest internet plans. As the price of this modem has fallen, it's becoming the one to buy to really future-proof yourself as ISP's increase speeds. The newest version of the SB6183 is the SB6190, which has twice the maximum download and upload speed of the SB6183. Supports IPv6 and IPv4 addressing. Works with Windows, Mac, or Linux computers.

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  • 4.6/5 (4,891 ratings counted at all sellers)

17% of November's visitors who bought a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, bought this one.

Netgear N600 WiFi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router (C3700)

The Netgear N600 has built-in dual band wireless-N router. If you have devices with dual band too, you can get exceptional WiFi speed. It also has 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports, a USB 2.0 port and 8-channel bonding downstream, 4 upstream. Supports IPv6 and IPv4 addressing. Works with Windows, Mac, or Linux computers.

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  • 4.0/5 (8,101 ratings counted at all sellers)

4% of November's visitors who bought a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, bought this one.

ARRIS / Motorola SB6190 SURFBoard DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

The ARRIS / Motorola SB6190 is the latest version in their Surfboard series. With 32-channel downstream bonding and 8-channel upstream, it can more than handle the fastest internet plans now and into the future. Supports IPv6 and IPv4 addressing. Works with Windows, Mac, or Linux computers.

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  • 4.5/5 (2,903 ratings counted at all sellers)

15% of November's visitors who bought a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, bought this one.

ARRIS / Motorola SBG6700-AC DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem with AC1600 Wi-Fi Router

The ARRIS / Motorola SBG6700 has a built-in wireless-AC1600 router, for fast WIFI speeds. It also has 2 Gigabit Ethernet Ports. 8-channel downstream, and 4-channel up. A faster version of this is the SBG6900, with twice the maximum download speed and an AC1900 wireless router. Supports IPv6 and IPv4 addressing. Works with Windows, Mac, or Linux computers.

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  • 4.3/5 (8,450 ratings counted at all sellers)

7% of November's visitors who bought a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, bought this one.

ARRIS / Motorola SBG6900-AC DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem with AC1900 Wi-Fi Router

The ARRIS / Motorola SBG6900 is the latest modem from ARRIS/Motorola. It has a built-in wireless-AC1900 router, for the fastest WIFI speeds. It also has 4 Gigabit Ethernet Ports. This is one of the faster modem/router combos that you can buy. 16-channel downstream, and 4-channel up. It also has a USB 2.0 port, so you can add a USB hard drive or flash drive and share files on the network. Supports IPv6 and IPv4 addressing. Works with Windows, Mac, or Linux computers.

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  • 4.5/5 (4,130 ratings counted at all sellers)

12% of November's visitors who bought a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, bought this one.

ARRIS / Motorola SBG6580 SURFboard DOCSIS 3.0 Gateway Wireless Cable Modem

The ARRIS / Motorola SBG6580 has a built-in dual band wireless-N router. It also has 4 Gigabit Ethernet Ports. 8-channel bonding downstream, 4-channel upstream. The newer version is the SBG6700. Supports IPv6 and IPv4 addressing. Works with Windows, Mac, or Linux computers.

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  • 3.9/5 (8,991 ratings counted at all sellers)

12% of November's visitors who bought a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, bought this one.

ARRIS / Motorola SB6121 SURFBoard DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

ARRIS / Motorola is a big name in cable modems and you can't go wrong with any of their Surfboard modems. The ARRIS / Motorola SB6121 has the exact same specs as the SB6120 and is basically the updated, newer version of it, with a slightly smaller case. 4-channel bonding up and down. The new version of this modem is the SB6141, which has twice the maximum download speed of the SB6121. Supports IPv6 and IPv4 addressing. Works with Windows, Mac, or Linux computers.

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  • 4.5/5 (8,722 ratings counted at all sellers)

4% of November's visitors who bought a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, bought this one.

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Netgear AC1750 Wireless-AC DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router (C6300)

The Netgear AC1750 has a built-in dual band wireless-AC router. With 16-channel bonding downstream, 4 upstream plus the AC router, its one of the fastest wireless modems available. It also has 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports and a USB 2.0 port. Supports IPv6 and IPv4 addressing. Works with Windows, Mac, or Linux computers.

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  • 4.4/5 (4,512 ratings counted at all sellers)

7% of November's visitors who bought a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, bought this one.

Netgear N300 WiFi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router (C3000)

The Netgear N300 has a built-in wireless-N router. It has 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports plus a USB 2.0 port for attaching a network drive. 8-channel bonding downstream, with 4-channel upstream. Supports IPv6 and IPv4 addressing. Works with Windows, Mac, or Linux computers.

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  • 4.0/5 (7,062 ratings counted at all sellers)

3% of November's visitors who bought a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, bought this one.

Netgear N450 WiFi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router (CG3000Dv2)

The Netgear N450 has built-in wireless-N router, rated at 450 Mbps, faster than the Netgear N300 which is rated at 300 Mbps. It has 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports and a USB 2.0 port. Plenty of speed with 8-channel bonding downstream and 4-channel upstream. Supports IPv6 and IPv4 addressing. Works with Windows, Mac, or Linux computers.

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  • 3.9/5 (5,817 ratings counted at all sellers)

2% of November's visitors who bought a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, bought this one.

Zoom 5354 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem plus Wireless N300 Router

The Zoom 5354 is a cable modem with a built-in N300 wireless-N router. It has 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports, and with 8 channel bonding downstream, should handle any speeds your cable company might provide well into the future. Supports IPv6 and IPv4 addressing. Works with Windows, Mac, or Linux computers.

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  • 4.1/5 (417 ratings counted at all sellers)

2% of November's visitors who bought a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, bought this one.


DOCSIS 2.0 Cable Modems

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Cable Modem Buying Tips and FAQ's

Time Warner, Road Runner, Brighthouse or Spectrum customers who subscribe to Lite, Basic or Standard Internet Service (typically less than $60 a month), buy any of these DOCSIS 2.0 modems. If you think you'll be upgrading to faster internet service in the future, buy a DOCSIS 3.0 modem at the top. We highly recommend buying a DOCSIS 3.0 modem in order to future-proof yourself as DOCSIS 2.0 modems are slowly phased out.

Motorola Surfboard SB5101U DOCSIS 2.0 Cable Modem

The Motorola SB5101U is an updated version of the SB5101. In addition to the Ethernet port, it has a USB port.

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Motorola Surfboard SBG901 DOCSIS 2.0 Wireless Cable Modem

The Motorola SBG901 has a built-in wireless-G router and has an Ethernet port. We're not a big fan of these modem/router combos, but if you don't need the features of the latest routers, this will work just fine.

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Rick Anderson says...
If I get a modem without wireless routing I assume I'll need a separate wireless router? Any recommendations?
22nd June 2016 5:03pm
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Richard McCarthy (Buffalo) says...
I that at some point TW/Comcast will phase out the Ambit DOCSIS 2.0 but that's what is hooked up to my laptop now and my son has a spare (new.same U10CO18 DOCSIS 2.0)Ubee that would save me $10 a month. I'm assuming that: even tho TW doesn't recommend this model I should be able to get them to register it if it duplicates what I now have
13th June 2016 4:18pm
Robin says...
What is the best modem without wireless on the market that is compatible with Optimum/Cablevision?
12th May 2016 5:23pm
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Harold (Syracuse) says...
I bought the Netgear Nighthawk Modem and router all in one and it is so future proof. With 24x8 ability and the auto 2.4Ghs and 5Ghz my 2 wired computers are running at 2.4(because they are not wireless anyways) but the best part is ALL of my other devices are running 5G. 16 devices at once. With the AC1900 1.6Gbps and with Beamforming=, it has a range all around my house and front and back yards of full strength.

This modem is TWC approved and if you see sites saying Xfinity only, do not believe it because they have not updated their sites. Its the best $219 i have ever spent. With its Genie software for both PC and mobile devices, all modem settings can be done in seconds without the need to sign in through a browser. Just thought i would add this comment so that this cablemodem/router can be added to the list. Packaging is updated to state it works with TWC.

11th May 2016 1:56pm
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Krazyk (New Philadelphia .ohio) says...
What is the best modem without wireless on the market for Time Warner we want to do away with our rented modem and already have a netgear wireless router
14th April 2016 8:20pm
Dan says...
I'd recommend either the ARRIS SB6141 or the ARRIS SB6183
15th April 2016 2:36pm
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Ann merritt (Salisbury) says...
I have a comtrend WR-5882 router is that compatible with time warner?
5th March 2016 3:27pm
Dan says...
That router and any other WIFI router will work with Time Warner. However, you'll still need to either rent a cable modem or buy one of those listed above and the plug your WIFI router into the cable modem.
8th March 2016 1:55pm
DW says...
Does TWC know when the ARRIS SURFboard SB6190 will be compatible to use for 200mbps download and up service?
24th January 2016 6:21pm
Dan says...
Time Warner, Brighthouse and Road Runner customers can now use the SB6190
18th March 2016 7:55pm
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tony (Longwood) says...
What is the best wireless modem/router to replace my Echo modem/router?
7th July 2015 1:23pm
Dan says...
I wonder if you could set up a MoCA network to get some of the same features as your Echo network. You can buy devices like these at Amazon: Ethernet to Coax MoCA Adapter Kit
I've never set one up, but maybe you can search for more info on it. I'm guessing you can just buy any of the modems listed above as well as the adapters. Anybody else ever set up a coax network or have a better idea if this would work or not?
9th July 2015 4:12pm
Glenn says...
Is there a modem/router/phone jack all in one or will I need 2 devices to use the TWC net service with home phone?
14th May 2015 3:18pm
Dan says...
As of now, you still need 2 modems. The one provided by TWC for phone and the one you buy for the internet. But you don't have to pay a rental fee for the phone modem if you buy your own internet modem.
21st May 2015 7:30pm
Abraham Ramon SR (Pearsall) says...
Yes got one from twc
10th August 2016 6:13pm
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J W (Columbus Oh) says...
I work for TWC, Tier 3 will put any verifiable docsis 2 (standard and below) or docsis 3 (turbo on up) modem on your acct as long as it's not a voice capable as well, the list is to keep people from calling in with a docsis 1 modem and expecting ultimate to work on it. Arris CM820A, DG860A, Ubee DDW3611, DDW365, DDM3515 are all in use by TWC and accepted as customer owned modems.

And yes, buy a Docsis 3 modem if you can afford it regardless of your current speed package, because when TWC flips the switch in your area to where 300/20 is the top tier, Lite and Basic will be the only speeds that can be put on docsis 2.

14th September 2014 9:32am
MAT (Uc - Tx) says...
If I want a Docsis 3.0 modem with a phone jack (since I have the TWC bundle) what's the right modem to buy?
21st May 2015 6:28pm
Dan says...
TWC won't let you buy a modem with phone jacks. You can buy one of the above internet modems, use the modem provided by TWC for your phone and you won't have to pay rental fees for the phone modem anymore. See the note at the top of this page.
21st May 2015 7:34pm
Aj (New York) says...
So which make/model modem does twc provide if you just want only internet?
3rd August 2015 4:50pm
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