Charter Spectrum Modem List
Charter Spectrum Compatible Modems List
List of Time Warner Compatible Modems
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*These are the max speeds the technology can accommodate. Speeds may vary based on configuration and other factors.
How to Pick the Best Spectrum Charter Modem
Now that we’ve narrowed it down to what models work well with Spectrum Charter, it’s a good idea to take a look at some of the more common features that are included with most models so that you understand which ones you may need and have a better idea of what each of them are for. The main feature that’s required is an internet connection, so any features included that are in addition to that are generally a bonus, but can certainly help make life easier. Here is a list of things to consider when deciding what models would meet your needs best:
DOCSIS Version (3.0, 3.1, etc.)
Most cable providers are currently allowing DOCSIS 2.0, 3.0 and 3.1 models to be activated on their network, however some providers limit the number of DOCSIS 2.0 devices due to network infrastructure upgrades that have made them obsolete in recent years.
Max Wired download Speeds
This is the maximum speed your modem can support with a wired connection via ethernet cable. Generally the advertised speeds for this specification will be about 10-20% higher than what you’ll experience on a normal day using the device in your home. Because of this, we recommend going with a model that supports speeds at least slightly above whatever your internet plan provides.
Beamforming / Beamforming+
Beamforming is a wireless technology that boosts your wireless signal out to your devices, adding more signal strength to your WiFi networks and allowing you to connect from a further distance.
WiFi / Wireless
Is the device you’ve picked out a modem router combo, or just a modem. If your device does not have WiFi built-into it, you’ll need to go without or purchase a separate wireless router to provide your home with WiFi. In many cases, it can be better to purchase a separate WiFi router to use alongside your modem. This can make troubleshooting common network problems a bit easier, as well as allow you to upgrade your WiFi in the future for much lower cost.
There are a few devices that are still made that support landline phones, however most of them don’t support speeds higher than 400 Mbps. If you’re stuck between the rock and hard place of needing a landline phone, but wanting higher speed internet as well, ask your provider about activating 2 separate modems on your account and having the phone portion of your service on one device, and the cable/internet/WiFi on another. You may need to speak with a higher tier of technical support to get it done, but it’s something that we’ve been helping our clients accomplish for several years.
This is more of a luxury feature in our opinion. The battery backup serves as a protection for your phone line only, during loss of power for up to 16hrs (with equipped 16hr battery). Keep in mind that this just keeps your phone on, not the internet, and only works if your landline phone itself has power still. These are fine, but we would actually recommend taking the plunge and investing in a larger surge protector/battery backup combo that will cover more than just your landline phone service, and for more than 16 hrs.
Dual-Band wireless is a technology that splits your wireless into 2 separate WiFi networks. These networks are broadcast at slightly different frequencies which give you more flexibility with your network. One frequency is usually broadcast at 2.4GHz, which is better for signal strength, range and going through walls. You’d want to use this network for accessing from across your home, or from your mobile devices. The other network that’s typically broadcast is done at a frequency of 5GHz. This network doesn’t penetrate through walls as well, but offers much faster speeds. We recommend this for stationary devices that are somewhat close to your router such as a TV, media streaming device, printers, desktop computers, etc.
Max WiFi Download Speeds
Your max WiFi download speeds may be totally different from your max wired download speeds, and that’s okay! We often see a modem that supports speeds of nearly 1000 Mbps but its wireless speeds only go up to N450 (400Mbps). Just be aware that just because a modem says that it’s speeds are Gigabit, does not mean that the WiFi will also be Gigabit.
Ease of Activation & Setup
This one’s a no-brainer. You definitely want to pick out something that you’ll be able to set up yourself. Many cable internet providers don’t like to offer technical support for customer-owned modems and routers, so having one that you can DIY is really important. Luckily, if you ordered from ModemGuides.com we offer free technical support with each order, so if you do get stuck, or go into your activation totally out of your element, just contact us and we’ll help you out!
How to Save Money with Charter, Spectrum & Time Warner Cable Internet
As the cost for reliable internet service goes up every year, nearly everyone is interested in easy ways to save on those expensive cable internet bills, especially on those extra fees that get tacked on in addition to the service charges. If you’ve ended up here, you’re likely looking for ways to either upgrade your internet service OR save money on your bill. We can help out with BOTH with one easy change! Simply by owning your modem and router with Spectrum Charter, you can start to save anywhere from $5-$10 on every Spectrum internet bill going forward! The tricky part is finding a Spectrum compatible modem to fit the bill so you can return your rental equipment.
Unfortunately, most cable carriers don’t make this process too easy for their customers. Charter Spectrum has strict compatibility rules for which models are permitted on their network, and it can be a pain to activate with their customer service since some of their support reps refuse to provide technical support if the device you’re using is not one of their rentals.
We’re Here to Help You Save
We know firsthand how difficult it can be to find the right modem for your service! That’s why we pulled together this Charter Spectrum modem list of that includes all equipment currently known to work with Spectrum, Time Warner Cable and Charter cable. Every Spectrum modem listed on this page has been tested & confirmed to work with and perform well on any of those three networks. Our testing and assessment of the Spectrum Approved modems listed here include verification of technology compatibility, real world maximum speed, and IPv6 compatibility as well as customer reviews for each product mentioned. We want to ensure that you have an easy transition off of your rental so that you can save money and feel good about your upgrade!
Even though these modems are compatible with Charter Communications, we still always recommend contacting your internet service provider prior to purchasing to ensure the modem you get will meet the speed & service requirements of your Spectrum/Charter internet plan. If you’re a new Spectrum customer, you’ll want to check out their currently available plans as well to ensure you’re on the one that’s the best fit for your usage.
Did we answer all your questions about what models work with Charter Spectrum? Let us know in the comments, or leave your own questions for our technicians to answer, or check out our other Modem Compatibility Lists for other internet service providers!