The Motorola SBG6580 snagged DOCSIS 3.0 certification last December, and a Mark of Excellence award in March. It’s also been a topic on user forums since January of this year. Now the cable modem gateway is available in retail, exclusively from Best Buy.
If you have cable Internet service, you have a choice of either leasing a modem from your cable company, or buying one outright from the store. The SBG6580 comes with several premium features including DOCSIS 3.0 compatibility (works with higher-speed D3 services), an 802.11N wireless access point, and a Gigabit Ethernet 4-port switch with an advanced firewall. The gateway, also known as the SURFboard eXtreme Wireless Cable Modem, also offers plug-and-play installation with Wi-Fi Pairing button for easy set-up. MSRP is $149.99.