I've done some googles for sites that review and compare cable modems, but have come up (for the most part) empty handed. Found some good info scattered around Broadbandreport's forums, but no comparisons.
Anyway, trying to decide between two modems for cable internet + VOIP service.
(These two modems are my only available choices with the provider.)
- Motorola Surfboard SBV4200
- Scientific-Atlanta Webstar DPX2203
I was able to locate the datasheets for both modems and they both appear to be very similiar in specifications. I was also able to find the full user manual for the Motorola Surfboard SBV4200, but not the SA Webstar DPX2203. (The Motorola Surfboard SBV4200 appears to be available as a consumer retail product, while the SA Webstar DPX2003 appears to only be available for cable providers.)
The Motorola Surfboard SBV4200 appears to have been released in 2002, while the Scientific-Atlanta Webstar DPX2203 was released just last year. Datasheets lists the specs as being practically identifical, however. Same DOCSIS versions, frequency ranges, operating levels, VOIP protocols, DTMF characteristics, ect. Both support 2-line VOIP and can networked for data through either ethernet or USB. (I'll be using ethernet going to a router.)
Basically, it looks like it probably just comes down to brand (Motorola versus SA), so I was looking for some feedback between the two brands -- i.e., is one more prone to instability, heating issues, ect?