MOTOROLA MG7550 REVIEWS

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MOTOROLA MG7550 16x4 Cable Modem Plus AC1900 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router with Power Boost and DFS, 686 Mbps Maximum DOCSIS 3.0 - Approved by Comcast Xfinity, Cox, Charter Spectrum, More (Black)
  • 16x4 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem plus a built-in AC1900 Dual Band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) WiFi Gigabit Router with four Gigabit (GigE) Ethernet ports, a firewallDFS, Power Boost, and more. This product is recommended for actual cable Internet service speeds up to 375 Mbps. A Broadcom cable modem chipset provides security from Denial of Service attacks. WiFi performance is exceptionally good, even in multi-dwelling units with lots of WiFi noise from neighbors. DFS and Power Boost are key
  • Requires cable Internet service. Approved by and for use with Comcast Xfinity and Xfinity X1, Cox, Charter Spectrum, Time Warner Cable, Suddenlink, WOW!, CableOne and other cable service providers. ELIMINATE CABLE MODEM RENTAL FEES UP TO 156 DOLLARS PER YEAR. (Savings are shown for Xfinity and vary by cable service provider. No cable modem is compatible with fiber optic, DSL, or satellite services from Verizon, AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, and others. Model MG7550 has no phone jack.)
  • Built-in high-speed WiFi router with AC1900 WiFi, and Power Boost, and DFS provides Internet access for WiFi devices including smartphones, notebooks, tablets, game stations, HDTVs, Amazon Echo, Google Home, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and AppleTV. Four 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports provide wired connections to Windows and Mac computers, HDTVs, game stations, streaming TV devices, and other Ethernet-capable devices.
  • Wireless Power Boost adds high-performance WiFi power amplifiers to boost the wireless signals to the legal limit, giving a significant boost in speed and range. The router can work on WiFi DFS frequencies, unlike most routers, so it is much less vulnerable to WiFi interference from neighbors. In addition, AnyBeam beamforming at both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies focuses the signal on wireless clients to further enhance performance and range.
  • Integrating the cable modem and router creates a reliable connection that reduces unwieldy wiring and power adapter clutter while conserving desk space. The vertical design minimizes shelf space and improves cooling while looking great in any home or office. A two-year warranty plus rugged lightning and power surge circuits protect your investment. Includes phone and web support by friendly, professional USA-based technical support specialists. Phone support is provided in English and Spanish.

Last update on 2020-09-25 PST - Details

In some ways, most router and modem combos are largely the same, offering virtually the same speeds and functionality as several other products. This is mainly due to the constraints put in place by the actual ISPs, but the point remains. This may be why so many are okay with merely renting a router/modem combo from their ISP, and never thinking twice about it. 

The Motorola MG7550 AC1900 Modem and Router combo proves this notion wrong, and warrants plenty of attention as to why one should consider making the upgrade — even if they’ve purchased a router modem combo already. 

This device manages to offer users as much as it possibly can on its own, providing a number of distinct advantages that supersede whichever ISP you currently use. And while it may be a bit on the pricey side, its’ safe to say you’ll find the initial added expense worth it. 

Review

The Motorola MG7550 AC1900 Modem and Router looks just like most other devices, with a tower design, a few lights on the front, and some connections in the back. But, it’s what’s on the inside that truly counts. 

First off, know that this device is compatible with seemingly every major ISP, and should have no problems being integrated into your internet setup, whether it’s Comcast, Cox, Xfinity, and several others. It’s essentially a plug-n-play device, with a quick and simple setup. 

Once it’s up and running, the MG7550 AC1900 Modem and Router can reach speeds of up to 686 Mbps, and utilizes DOCSIS 3.0 technology, ensuring it’s up to date with today’s speed standards. The connection it provides is also extremely reliable, with drop-offs and disconnects a rarity. 

The modem component uses a 16x4 channel configuration, and offers dual-band frequencies, offering the usual 2.4 and 5 GHz options, which allows users to split their devices onto separate channels to improve reliability and overall speeds — and potentially increase Wi-Fi signal range.

Speaking of range, the integrated router uses a feature known as Power Boost, which can be used to amplify wireless signals to their full legal limit, which not only ensures the signal is strong enough to remain consistent throughout the entire house, but also outside. So, if you like using your laptop on the porch, you won’t need to worry about the signal fading. 

While this is a router and modem combined, the MG7550 AC1900 Modem and Router includes four 10/100/1000 Gigabit ethernet ports on the back, so you can connect up to four physical devices at once for maximum speeds. 

The MG7550 AC1900 Modem and Router takes things even further by including FirewallDFS, along with built-in Denial of Service attack prevention, to ensure maximum security in addition to its blazing speeds and wide wireless range.  

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What We Like

  • There’s a lot to appreciate here. This modem and router combo does all the things the average user could ask for, such as reliable connections, fast speeds, and a much stronger wireless range than average devices. The Power Boost features is a big selling point, along with the integrated security features. Oh, and the device is also available in white!

What We Don’t Like

  • The price may be an issue for some, as it’s just around $149.99.
  • Even with the higher price, it’s worth keeping in mind that renting an inferior router/modem combo from your ISP for a full year will come close to the upfront cost for this device. In the end, you’re still paying the same amount, only you actually own this device, and it’s likely much better than what you currently rent. 

Features

  • 16x4 cable modem, plus a built-in AC1900 Dual Band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) WiFi Gigabit Router
  • DOCSIS 3.0
  • Four Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • FirewallDFS
  • Power Boost
  • Speeds up to 375 Mbps
  • Denial of Service attacks prevention
  • Approved by and for use with Comcast Xfinity and Xfinity X1, Cox, Charter Spectrum, Time Warner Cable, Suddenlink, WOW!, CableOne and other cable service providers
  • Vertical design minimizes shelf space and improves cooling
  • Two-year warranty plus rugged lightning and power surge circuits protect your investment.
  • Includes phone and web support

Pros

  • Dual-band channels
  • Fast speeds
  • Integrated security features
  • Easy installation
  • Four ethernet ports
  • Power Boost provides exceptional wireless range
  • Two color choices

Cons

  • Price
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Buying Advice

As with any router and modem purchase, it’s important that you first ensure that it’s compatible with your ISP. This device is one of the most widely compatible on the market, but it’s still best to always check before buying, especially if you live in an area with smaller ISP companies. 

The next aspects most will consider if the speed and actual wireless range. Since this is a router and modem combo, it’s safe to assume buyers will want good wireless range, and not just rely on ethernet ports for their media players and computers. 

The MG7550 AC1900 Modem and Router offers very high speeds, but this needs to be seen in the context of the maximum speeds your ISP can even offer in the first place. For instance, if your device can reach a maximum of 500 Mbps, but your ISP only offers 300 Mbps, you’re only going to get 300 Mbps until the ISP eventually increases speeds. 

Also, if you have a media storage device, or media player that has an ethernet port, this device can offer the fastest speeds possible due to the direct connections. Many router modem combos offer at least one, but this has four, so you can connect several devices and attain fast speeds for each — including computers.

Last update on 2020-09-25 PST - Details

Verdict

The MG7550 AC1900 Modem and Router is everything you could want from a combo device. Not only does it offer a massive wireless range, its 600+ maximum Mbps speeds mean it will not be outdated in a year. 

This router modem combo may be priced on the higher side of things, but if you currently rent one, it will pay for itself in a year. EVen if you don’t rent, the price tag is still low enough to be affordable for most, and the years of maximum performance to come will make the cost more than worth it. This is our favorite router modem combo for average households — by far.

Last update on 2020-09-25 PST - Details