Best Wave Approved & Compatible Modems in 2024 [Full List]

Note, no device can get you faster internet speeds than your internet plan provides.

Also, get the device you need. A modem and a router are not the same things. Some types of internet require both others only one. If you’re uncertain, click here

Here is a list of all Wave Broadband approved modems with the 5 best for various internet plans. 

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Wave approved modems

As a Network Engineer, I have talked to Wave and researched to find the best-approved modem for Wave Broadband. 

And I have concluded that the Netgear CM1000 is the best Wave certified modem. 

Netgear CM1000 PH

Netgear CM1000 – Editors Choice’s

Best Overall

  • Type: Cable Modem
  • Works up to: 1000 Mbps
  • Channel bonding: 32×8
  • DOCSIS: 3.1
  • Warranty: 1 year

But not everyone has the same internet plan or preferences. 

Thus, I have chosen the best 5 modems for various internet plans and circumstances.

So keep reading.  

Top 5 Wave Approved Modems

Here are the 5 best-approved modems for Wave Broadband.  

Netgear CM1000

Netgear CM1000

Best Overall

  • Type: Cable Modem
  • Works up to: 1000 Mbps
  • Channels:  32×8
  • DOCSIS: 3.1
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Chosen as: Best Overall
Motorola MB7621

Motorola MB7621

Runner Up

  • Type: Cable Modem
  • Works up to: 250 Mbps
  • Channels: 24×8
  • DOCSIS: 3.0
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Chosen as: Runner Up
Netgear CM500

Netgear CM500

Budget Friendly

  • Type: Cable Modem
  • Works up to: 50 Mbps
  • Channels:  16×4
  • DOCSIS: 3.0
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Chosen as: Budget-Friendly
Netgear C7000

Netgear C7000

Best Value

  • Type: Modem/Router Combo
  • Works up to: 250 Mbps
  • Channels: 24×8
  • DOCSIS: 3.1
  • Warranty: 1 years
  • Chosen as: Best Value
Arris SBG6700AC HT

Arris SBG6700AC

Budget Friendly

  • Type: Modem/Router Combo
  • Works up to: 50 Mbps
  • Channels:  8×4
  • DOCSIS: 3.1
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Chosen as: Best Overall

Complete List of All Wave Approved Modems

Here is a complete list of all Wave Broadbands certified modems. [1]

BrandModel #With RouterChannelsDOCSISPuma ChipsetWorks Up To
MotorolaMB7220No8×43.0No50 Mbps
MotorolaMB7420No16×43.0No50 Mbps
MotorolaMB7621No24×83.0No250 Mbps
MotorolaMG7310Yes8×43.0No50 Mbps
MotorolaMG7315Yes8×43.0No50 Mbps
MotorolaMG7540Yes16×43.0No50 Mbps
MotorolaMG7550Yes16×43.0No50 Mbps
NetgearC3000-100NASYes8×43.0No50 Mbps
NetgearC3000v2Yes8×43.0No50 Mbps
NetgearC3700-100NASYes8×43.0No50 Mbps
NetgearC3700v2Yes8×43.0No50 Mbps
NetgearC6220Yes8×43.0No50 Mbps
NetgearC6250Yes16×43.0No50 Mbps
NetgearC6300 Yes16×43.0Yes50 Mbps
NetgearC6900Yes24×83.0No250 Mbps
NetgearC7000-100NASYes24×83.0No250 Mbps
NetgearC7000v2Yes24×83.0No250 Mbps
NetgearC7500Yes24×83.0No250 Mbps
NetgearN450 (CG3000Dv2)Yes8×43.0No50 Mbps
NetgearCM400No8×43.0No50 Mbps
NetgearCM500No16×43.0No50 Mbps
NetgearCM600No24×83.0No250 Mbps
NetgearCM700No32×83.0Yes250 Mbps
NetgearCM1000No32×83.1No1000 Mbps
ArrisCM820ANo8×43.0No50 Mbps
ArrisSB6141No8×43.0No50 Mbps
ArrisSB6183No16×43.0No50 Mbps
ArrisSB6190No32×83.0Yes250 Mbps
ArrisSB8200No32×83.1No1000 Mbps
ArrisSBG6400Yes8×43.0No50 Mbps
ArrisSBG6580Yes8×43.0No50 Mbps
ArrisSBG6580-2Yes8×43.0No50 Mbps
ArrisSBG6700-ACYes8×43.0No50 Mbps
ArrisSBG6782-ACYes8×43.0No50 Mbps
ArrisSBG6900-ACYes16×43.0No50 Mbps
ArrisSBG6950AC2Yes16×43.0Yes50 Mbps
ArrisSBG7400AC2 Yes24×83.0Yes250 Mbps
ArrisSBG7580-AC Yes32×83.0Yes250 Mbps
ASUSCM-16No16×43.0No50 Mbps
ASUSCM-32 Yes32×83.0Yes250 Mbps
Cisco/LinksysDPC3008No8×43.0No50 Mbps
D-LinkDCM-301No8×43.0No50 Mbps
LinksysCG6350 Yes16×43.0Yes50 Mbps
LinksysCG7500 Yes24×83.0Yes250 Mbps
LinksysCM3008No8×43.0No50 Mbps
LinksysCM3016 No16×43.0Yes50 Mbps
LinksysCM3024 No24×83.0Yes250 Mbps
SMC NetworksD3CM1604No16×43.0No50 Mbps
TP-LinkARCHER CR500Yes16×43.0No50 Mbps
TP-LinkARCHER CR700Yes16×43.0No50 Mbps
TP-LinkCR1900Yes24×83.0No250 Mbps
TP-LinkTC-7610No8×43.0No50 Mbps
TP-LinkTC-7620No16×43.0No50 Mbps
TP-LinkTC7650No24×83.0No250 Mbps
TP-LinkTC-W7960Yes8×43.0No50 Mbps
Zoom5341JNo8×43.0No50 Mbps
Zoom5345No8×43.0No50 Mbps
Zoom5350Yes8×43.0No50 Mbps
Zoom5352Yes8×43.0No50 Mbps
Zoom5354Yes8×43.0No50 Mbps
Zoom5360Yes8×43.0No50 Mbps
Zoom5363Yes8×43.0No50 Mbps
Zoom5370No16×43.0No50 Mbps

With router means the modem is a modem/router combo. And Puma Chipset is a problematic chipset that’s linked with latency problems. I recommend avoiding modems using it.

Works up to is what plan the modem is compatible with. You can always get a faster modem than necessary, but don’t get a modem that’s slower than you plan. 

Also, note that these recommendations are from Wave Broadband. Personally, I believe that you could use many of these modems for a faster internet plan.

What to Consider Before Buying a Wave Compatible Modem

Here is what to specifically consider before buying a Wave compatible modem. For a more general modem buying guide, click here

Wave Modem Requirments

Wave uses specific requirements for their modems to decide whatever or not they are compatible or not.

The first requirement for a modem to work with Grande is that it’s a cable modem

The other requirements depend on what internet plan you have. These are necessary since you need a modem to deliver the internet speed you are paying for. 

Below you can see the requirements, with what DOCSIS version and channels Wave Broadbands thinks are necessary for each internet plan. 

Internet PlanDOCSISChannels
High Speed 10 Internet3.0 or 3.18×4, 16×4, 24×8, or 32×8 
High Speed 50 Internet3.0 or 3.18×4, 16×4, 24×8, or 32×8 
High Speed 100 Internet3.0 or 3.124×8, or 32×8
High Speed 250 Internet3.0 or 3.124×8, or 32×8
High Speed 500 Internet3.132×8
Wave Gigabit Internet (1000)3.132×8

I will note that I do think they are too hard in what an 8×4 or 16×4 modem is capable of, but this is what they are recommending.

Also note, for DOCSIS 3.1 modems, Wave has only approved two for now. 

Speed – DOCSIS & Channels

DOCSIS is the standard cable modems use to receive internet over coax cables. [2]

Nowadays, ISP’s uses DOCSIS 3.0 or 3.1. The difference is that DOCSIS 3.1 is newer and up to 10 times faster than DOCSIS 3.0. 

Channels are only something that matters for DOCSIS 3.0 modem. Because DOCSIS 3.1 modems don’t use them in the same way. 

Channels are the thing that decides how fast a DOCSIS 3.0 modem is. More channels, equaling a faster modem. [3]

This is the reason it’s necessary to follow the requirements. Because otherwise, your modem might bottleneck your internet connection, so you don’t get what you’re paying for. 

Modem/Router Combo or Separate Devices

Another thing you need to decide is if you want a modem/router combo or separate devices

Modem/router combo is when you have your modem and router as one device, while separate has them as two. 

Both alternatives have their benefits and drawbacks, but as a Network Engineer, I recommend separate. 

Because separate allows you to change one device if it breaks or needs an upgrade. As well as providing better performance and more features. 

Combos, however, aren’t totally inferior. They do offer a cheaper upfront cost, faster setup, and takes less space. 

So choose whichever you prefer. 

Though, if you have the High Speed 500 Mbps plan or above, you need to use separate devices. 

This is because you need a DOCSIS 3.1 modem. And Wave has only approved two DOCSIS 3.1 devices, which both are only modems. 

Wave Digital Phone Service

If you have Wave Digital Phone service, you’re required to rent a modem from Wave with eMTA support. [4]

This leaves you with two options. Either use the eMTA modem for both your Digital Phone Service and the internet. 

Or get two modems, and use the eMTA modem for the Phone service and the approved modem for your internet. 

Wave Internet Plans

Here are all Wave Broadband’s internet plans and what cable modem and gateway (modem/router combo) I recommend for each one. [5]

Internet PlanCable ModemGateway
High Speed 10 InternetNetgear CM500Arris SBG6700AC
High Speed 50 InternetNetgear CM500Arris SBG6700AC
High Speed 100 InternetMotorola MB7621Netgear C7000
High Speed 250 InternetMotorola MB7621Netgear C7000
High Speed 500 InternetNetgear CM1000N/A
Wave Gigabit Internet (1000)Netgear CM1000N/A

Wave hasn’t approved any DOCSIS 3.1 modem/router combos yet. So you need separate devices if you have a plan at or above 500 Mbps. 

Our Verdict

After many hours of research, I have concluded that the Netgear CM1000 is the best modem for Wave Broadband. 

Because it provides fast, reliable, and future-proof internet for a fair price. 

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