Best Midco Approved Modems in 2021

This is a list of Midco approved modems for your internet in 2021, with reviews of the top 5.

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As a Network Engineer, I have performed extensive research to figure out the best Midco compatible modems. 

And after being in contact with Midco, as well as doing research I have concluded that Motorola MB8600 is the best modem for Midco. 

But all people have different internet needs. 

So, therefore, I have put together this list of the top 5 Midco approved modems. 

So keep reading. 

List with Midco Approved Modems

Here is the full list of all Midco approved modems, with every modem that Midco has tested for compatibility with their internet.

BrandModule #With RouterChannelsDOCSISPuma Chipset
ARRIS/MotorolaCM820ANo8×43.0No
ARRIS/MotorolaCM8200No32×83.1No
ARRIS/MotorolaDG2470AYes24x83.0Yes
ARRIS/MotorolaDG3270Yes32x83.0Yes
ARRIS/MotorolaDG3450Yes32x83.1Yes
ARRIS/MotorolaMB8600No32x83.1No
ARRIS/MotorolaSB6141No8x43.0No
ARRIS/MotorolaSB6180No8x43.0No
ARRIS/MotorolaSB8200No32x83.1No
ARRIS/MotorolaSBG6580Yes8x43.0No
ARRIS/MotorolaSBG6782-ACYes8x43.0No
ARRIS/MotorolaSBG6950-AC2Yes16x43.0Yes
ARRIS/MotorolaSBG7400-AC2Yes24x83.0Yes
CiscoDPC3008No8x43.0No
CiscoDPC3010No8x43.0No
CiscoDPC3825Yes8x43.0No
CiscoDPC3828Yes8x43.0No
HitronCDA-RESNo8×43.0No
HitronCDA3-35No32×83.0Yes
HitronCODA-45No32×83.1Yes
HitronCODA-4582Yes32×83.1Yes
HitronCGN2RESYes8×43.0No
HitronCGN3RESYes32×83.0Yes
HitronCGNMRES-3552Yes32×83.0Yes
HitronCGNM-2250Yes24x83.0Yes
Netgear
C7800Yes32×83.1No
Netgear
CG3000DYes8×43.0No
Netgear
CM1000/CM1000v2No32×83.1No
Netgear
CM1200No32×83.1No
SMC
SMCD3GN2Yes8×43.0No
Zoom5341JNo8×43.0No
Zoom5350Yes8×43.0No
Zoom5352Yes8×43.0No
ARRISSBG10Yes16×43.0Yes

Puma Chipset is a problematic chip some modems and routers use. I recommend avoiding models using it. “Yes” means that the modem uses it, and “no” that it doesn’t.

Best Midco Compatible Modems

  1. Motorola MB8600 (Editors Choice – Modem) 
  2. NETGEAR Nighthawk CM1200 (Best Performer – Modem)
  3. ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 (Budget-Friendly – Modem)
  4. NETGEAR Nighthawk C7800 (Best Performer – Modem/Router Combo)
  5. Motorola MG7540 (Budget-Friendly – Modem/Router Combo

Top 5 Best Midco Approved Modems

Here are the top 5 best Midco Compatible modems for your home. 

#1 Motorola MB8600 (Editors Choice – Modem) 

  • Type: Cable Modem
  • Max speed: 6000 Mbps
  • Recommended for speed: 1000 Mbps or below
  • Channel bonding: 32×8
  • DOCSIS: 3.1 & 3.0
  • Ethernet Ports: 4 x 1Gb
  • Warranty: 30 days return policy
  • Chosen as: Best Overall 

The Motorola MB8600 has a max speed of over 6000 Mbps. Which translates to a real speed of around 1000 Mbps. Plenty for most Midco customers. 

It has a channel bonding of 32×8 with DOCSIS 3.0, which gives it a real upload speed of around 200 Mbps. Which is enough for activities like gaming and uploading large files. [1]

I have chosen this Midco approved modem as number 1 is because it is high-performing for a reasonable price. Furthermore, it is also future-proofed. 

You see this modem has four ethernet ports instead of the normal 1 that most modems have. This is because if you have DOCSIS 3.1 (or will get in the future) you can bond the ethernet ports together.

This allows you to get speeds up to 2000Mbps, which double what one ethernet port can handle. 

Some people have had a problem with Motorola support, with a long wait time and little to no help. So if you know yourself as not being that tech-savvy you might want to avoid this modem. 




#2 NETGEAR Nighthawk CM1200 (Best Performer – Modem)

  • Type: Cable Modem
  • Max speed: 2000 Mbps
  • Recommended for speed: 1200 Mbps 
  • Channel bonding: 32×8
  • DOCSIS: 3.1 & 3.0
  • Ethernet Ports: 4 x 1Gb
  • Warranty: 30 days return policy
  • Chosen as: Best Performer

The NETGEAR CM1200 is similar to the first modem in this list. Except is more expensive but has a higher real-world speed. Even though its max speed is slower. 

It has a channel bonding of 32×8, which means it has a download speed of around 200 Mbps. Enough for uploading large files and playing any game. 

It also has 4 ethernet ports which can bond together to create 2 ports with a speed of 2000 Mbps each. 

This is useful if you get or already have DOCIS 3.1 as you then can get a speed above the 1200 Mbps. As well as if you plan to upgrade your internet in the future.  

Overall it’s a good modem for the average person without too much tech knowledge. 

One bad thing about it is that people have reported problems with refurbished modems. So I would avoid buying a used modem if you buy this model. 




#3 ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 (Budget-Friendly – Modem)

  • Type: Cable Modem
  • Max speed: 344 Mbps 
  • Recommended for speed: 100 Mbps 
  • Channel bonding: 8×4
  • DOCSIS: 3.0
  • Ethernet Ports: 1 x 1Gb
  • Warranty: 30 days return policy
  • Chosen as: Budget-Friendly

The ARRIS SURFboard is the budget modem on this list. This is why it only has a max speed of 344 Mbps, which translates to a real speed of around 100 Mbps. 

It has a channel bonding of 8×4 with DOCSIS 3.0. This means its upload speed is around 80 Mbps. 

The modem is perfect for people with slower internet plans that don’t use the internet on too many devices. 

The bad thing about this modem is that it does not support DOCSIS 3.1. This means that it will stop working for many people in the coming years. 

But as long as you don’t have any plans on upgrading your internet to DOCSIS 3.1. Then this is a great option. 




#4 NETGEAR Nighthawk C7800 (Best Performer – Modem/Router Combo)

  • Type: Modem/Router Combo
  • Max speed: 3200 Mbps
  • Recommended for speed: 2000 Mbps
  • Channel bonding: 32×8
  • DOCSIS: 3.1 & 3.0
  • Ethernet Ports: 4 x 1Gb
  • Warranty: 30 days return policy
  • Chosen as: Best Performer

If you want high performing modem and a router, then this is the one for you. With a real speed of 2000 Mbps, it is one of the fastest options on the list. 

Furthermore, It also has an upload speed of around 200 Mbps. 

The router has a Wi-Fi coverage of up to 3000 Sq. Ft. This makes it perfect for someone with a larger home. 

And with the option of switching between both 2.4Ghz and 5.0Ghz, you can pick the best frequency for your home. As 2.4Ghz has a longer range and 5.0Ghz has a shorter range but faster speed. [2]

The modem also supports both DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1 which makes future proof for someone with DOCSIS 3.0. 

The one con with the device is that it is not very customizable. You can, for example, not prioritize devices or programs. 

Note, however, that this is possible if you use third-party programs. 




#5 Motorola MG7540 (Budget-Friendly – Modem/Router Combo)

  • Type: Modem/Router Combo
  • Max speed: 686 Mbps 
  • Recommended for speed: 300 Mbps
  • Channel bonding: 16×4
  • DOCSIS: 3.0
  • Ethernet Ports: 4 x 1Gb
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Chosen as: Budget-Friendly

The Motorola MG7540 is a budget-friendly gateway. It has a max speed of 686Mbps and a real-world speed of 300 Mbps. Which is enough for most people. 

The channel bonding is 16×4 DOCSIS 3.0. This means that it has an upload speed of around 80 Mbps. Enough for playing most games and uploading files. 

It also supports both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. This allows you to choose the best option for your home. 

As 2.4 GHz has a longer range but more interference. 5Ghz has a shorter range but a faster speed and gets fewer interferences. 

The con with the devices is that it doesn’t have the most coverage. So if you have a large home I would not recommend it.




What to Consider Before Getting a Midco Modem

Midco Approved modems

Before getting yourself a Midco approved modem there are some things you should take into consideration. This is to make sure that you make the best possible choice for your home. 

Modem or Modem-Router Combo

The first thing to decide is if you want standalone devices or a modem-router combo (gateway). The difference is that the gateway has the two devices built together. While standalone modems need a router to distribute the internet. 

There are pros and cons with both, depending on what you want. In general, however, I recommend standalone devices. Since it allows you to only change one of the devices if it breaks or needs an upgrade. 

The pro with a combo is that it is more convenient and often easier to set up. 

In the case of modems that work for Midco, there are also some good router-modem combos. So if you want one you can get it. 

For a deeper overview click here.

Streaming Channels

When browsing for Midco approved modems online you will find that cable modems have a channel description. This usually looks like something akin to 8×4 or 16×8, depending on the modem. 

These numbers are the streaming channel. The first one is downstream and the second one is upstream. 

Downstream is most often the higher number of the two because consumers use more of it. 

The exact speed of the modem depends on the channels, combined with the DOCSIS protocol it uses. But generally, higher numbers mean a faster modem.

When you plan to buy a Midco compatible modem you should choose these numbers depending on your internet plan. If you use a 200Mbit/s download and 20Mbit/s upload speed, you can buy a 16x 8 modem. 

But if you instead have 100Mbit/s in both upload and download speed, you need a modem where the channels are similar.

DOCSIS

DOCSIS is the standard for communication in cable modems, which is what Midco uses. Nearly all modems sold today are either DOCSIS 3.0 or 3.1. 

Most people today have DOCSIS 3.0, so 3.0 modems will be enough. But if Midco plans to upgrade to DOCSIS 3.1 then you might consider getting a DOCSIS 3.1 modem. As a way of future-proofing it. [3]

Also, if you already have DOCSIS 3.1 you should get a 3.1 modem. Otherwise, your internet will not work. 

Compatible With Midco

This is nothing you need to think about if you chose any of the modems in the list above. But if you plan to choose another modem you need to make sure it is a cable modem. 

But even then, it’s not sure that it is a Midco compatible modem. I recommend using any modem in the list they have approved. 

You can find them on their site or the list of approved Midco modems above. These have all been tested by Midco and are thus confirmed to work on their internet. 

Ethernet Ports

Most modems have one ethernet port. Made to connect to the router, which usually has between 2-6 ports. If you use a wired internet connection, you need to make sure the router has enough ports. [4]

Also, make sure the ethernet ports speed is enough for your internet. Otherwise, they will work as a bottleneck for your internet connection.

Sometimes, DOCSIS 3.1 modems have ports that can bond with each other to create one port with double the speed. This is something to look for if you buy a DOCSIS 3.1 modem. 

Home Size

If you have a large home you generally need a better router so that the signal reaches every corner. The modem/router top performer listed earlier is a good option for you with a big home. [5]

Another option is to get a standalone modem and a good router. Any router will do. Just make sure it’s not a combo device.

Internet Plan

The last thing to consider is what your internet plan speed is. Make sure the device you are getting supports your plan. 

Note that the advertised speed is not the real-world speed, so get a device that supports a higher speed than you have. 

Otherwise, the device will become a bottleneck that slows down your internet. 

Buy Vs. Rent Midco Modem

When it comes to renting fees Midco is not the worst Internet Service Provider. With a price of $3 a month for a modem and $5 for a modem-router combo. This is lower than many other ISPs. 

But it is cheap for a reason, the network equipment provided by Midco is not the best. And in the long run, the monthly fees do add up. 

Therefore, I recommend most people to buy their network equipment. But I should note I’m somewhat biased. I do make a commission if you buy it. 

If you want a more in-depth overview of this check out the pros and cons of buying a modem. 

Why get a Midco Approved Modem

As I mentioned earlier I do recommend most people to get their modem. And here is the main reasons why. 

No Rental Fees

Midco doesn’t have the highest fee for renting, but it will still add up over the long run. Costing $3 or $5 a month, which becomes $36 or $60 a year. This can pay for a device in everything from one to five years. Depending on what you buy. 

Higher Internet Speed

Another benefit of getting your Midco approved modem and router is that it will allow for faster internet speeds. Midco’s renting fee is low, but therefore, their devices are of questionable quality. Getting your modem and router will most likely increase your internet speed. 

Extended Coverage

Midco’s modem-router combo doesn’t have the best range. This won’t matter if you have a small home. But if you have a larger home with multiple obstacles a good third-party router will give your home better internet coverage. 

More Secure

As a Network Engineer that works a lot with cybersecurity, I have found that third-party devices often are more secure than rented devices. 

This is because to have an edge on rented modems and routers, companies that make third-party devices are more concerned about their cybersecurity. 

How to install Midco Compatible Modems

This is how to install Midco approved modems. 

  1. Pick a good location for your modem. Make sure it has good air circulation so the device doesn’t overheat. For the gateway, try to have it as centered and high up in the home as possible. This will improve its signal coverage. 
  2. Connect the coax cable, the power cord to the device, and the wall. If you have a standalone modem also connect it to a router using an ethernet cable. 
  3. Follow the instruction manual that comes with the device for the firmware setup

You can also check your Midco’s guide on how to set up third-party network equipment for their internet here

FAQ

Here are some normal questions regarding Midco.  

Why is my Midco Internet so slow?

First, you need to make sure that your internet plan is not slow. Do this by comparing it to a speed test. 

Then I recommend following my list of 13 things that will speed up your internet speed. If nothing works, call Midco and ask. 

How do I reset Midco Approved modems?

Press the little hidden button on the back of the modem using a toothpick or a needle. For a more detailed guide check out how to reset a modem & router.

Can I buy modems and routers from Midco?

You can buy modems from Midco, but not routers. 

How to login into your Midco Router?

To login to your Midco modem write 192.168.1.1 in any browser and then login with the username “cusadmin” and the password “password”.

If this doesn’t work check out my guide on how to login to your router. That goes into more detail on how to log in. 

My Verdict

Midco has a wide range of modems approved for their internet, and thus there are plenty of good options.

But after extensive research, I found that Motorola MB8600 was the best modem for Midco internet.

As it provides your home with a fast and reliable internet connection for a good price.