Motorola MB8611 Review

Motorola MB8600
Source: Motorola.com

Our Verdict

4.7
4.7/5
The Motorola MB8611 is one of the fastest, most future-proof cable modems on the market. Capable of supporting internet plans up to 2500 Mbps. Perfect for you looking to buy a modem and then forget about it.

Pros

Cons

Performance

4.9
4.9/5

Design

4.4
4.4/5

Compatibility

4.2
4.2/5

Setup

4.8
4.8/5

Value

4.5
4.5/5

As a Network Engineer, I have bought the Motorola MB8611 and tested it for four weeks.

And after these four weeks, I can safely say that it’s a high-performing and reliable modem that goes for a fair price. 

It will be a perfect fit for many but unfortunately not for everyone.

Keep reading to learn my conclusions in more detail.  

Motorola MB8611 Overview

Motorola MB8611 on my table

The Motorola MB8611 is one of the fastest DOCSIS 3.1 cable modems on the market. Capable of supporting internet plans up to 2500 Mbps.

Such a plan is so fast that ISP’s are yet to offer them to consumers. [1]

However, I could not test if it really could reach such speeds due to not having access to such an internet plan. But I have no reason to believe it wouldn’t be able to. 

I recommend the Motorola MB8611 to you that want to buy a cable modem and forget about it. Because this modem will work for years to come. 

But if you are switching to fiber in a year or less – you should not get this modem. Because it’s excessive for most internet plans right now. Check out the alternatives for some other options. 

Also, note that it’s not compatible with all ISP’s. Most notably, RCN and Optimum. 

Motorola MB8611 Specs

TypeCable Modem
BrandMotorola
ModelMB8611
StandardsDOCSIS 3.1 & DOCSIS 3.0 32×8
Top WAN speed6000 Mbps
Ports1 × 2.5 Gbps LAN & 1 × Coax
Top internet plan supported.2500 Mbps
Supported ISP’sComcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Cox, Grande, Suddenlink, WOW
Not supported ISP’sRCN, Optimum
Weight1.1 ounces
Dimensions7.25 × 2.25 × 7.88 inches
Warranty2-years

For a further look at the Motorola MB8611 specs, check out the official documentation

Performance – 4.9

The Motorola MB8611 performed excellently during testing. It reached the 800 Mbps that my plan provides consistently even during the busy hours (even though it might be Xfinity’s favor). 

I also did tests for different internet plans – specifically 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps, and 400 Mbps, all of which performed well.

This modem is made to deliver speeds up to 2500 Mbps, but unfortunately, I don’t have access to such a plan, so I couldn’t test it.

Nevertheless, I have no reason to believe the modem wouldn’t reach such speeds as the 2.5 Gbps Ethernet port should be the only constraint. 

The Motorola MB8611 also held the connection at any time, and I never needed to restart it or reset it during the four weeks I used it.

Overall, the MB8611 performed excellently without any issues. 

Design – 4.4

The design of the Motorola MB8611 is very standard. It’s a rectangular box with lights that have the dimensions 7.25 × 2.25 × 7.88 inches. 

salt mill for reference
Salt mill for reference
Motorola MB8611 from the side
From the side

The backside has three inputs. One coax port for the coaxial cable, one 2.5 Gbps Ethernet port that you can connect to a router or a device, and the power input.  

The Motorola MB8611 from the back
From the back

It also has five lights on the front. One for power, two for down and upstream, another for internet access, and one for the LAN connection.

Overall, I found the design very average. Even though, it was nothing wrong with it. 

Compatibility – 4.2

It’s always hard to know exactly where a modem will work and not work. As I can’t test every single ISP all over the country.

I can, however, confirm that it works for Comcast Xfinity in the Boston area. As it is where I tested it. 

But because of all the research I have done putting together the approved modems hub, I have a pretty good idea which modems work where. 

So, here is a list of all ISPs that support the Motorola MB8611 and all ISP’s known for having issues with it. 

Approved for

  • Comcast Xfinity
  • Charter Spectrum
  • Cox
  • Grande
  • Suddenlink
  • WOW

Known for having issues on

  • RCN
  • Optimum

For other ISPs which are neither approved nor known for having issues with it, the Motorola MB8611 should work. As it’s a normal cable modem following the industry standards.   

But, I still recommend you to call your ISP and ask, just to be sure.

Furthermore, it might work for RCN and Optimum in some areas. If that is the case for you, please share in the comments below. 

Setup – 4.8

The setup process for the Motorola MB8611 straight forward and fast. The instruction it comes with explains how to do it in an easy-to-understand way.

Setup

To summarize, it goes like this: 

  1. Connect the modems power cord and coax cable. 
  2. Turn it on and wait until the second light from the bottom turns green. 
  3. Connect it to your router using the LAN port and connect to the Wi-Fi. Or connect the LAN port directly to a computer. 
  4. Then you need to activate the modem. You can either call your ISP and give them the MAC address (found under the modem). Or sometimes, your ISP has a page for self-activation where you can put the MAC address yourself. 
Accessoires for the MB8611
This comes with the modem

You can also access the modem on its IP address, which for the MB8611 is 192.168.100.1. There you can see the status and logs, for example. [2]

If you want to check out the setup guide that comes with the modem, click here

Value – 4.5

The Motorola MB8611 is not the cheapest cable modem on the market, but neither is it the most expensive. 

But to be honest – you could probably get away with similar performance for a lower price. As a modem can only give you the speed, your internet plan provides. 

But the thing is that then it won’t be as future-proof. 

So, there is a big risk that you will pay more in the long run if you get something cheaper. Because the Motorola MB8611 will likely work for years to come. While a slower modem, especially if it’s DOCSIS 3.0, might only work for a while. 

That said, you should know that cheaper alternatives like the Motorola MB8600 will provide you with the same performance as long as you don’t have an internet plan exceeding 2000 Mbps.

Motorola MB8611 Reviews

After reading many reviews, I can say that the most common issue the modem has is that it requires restarts every other day. 

I can say that this was not an issue for me, but it likely depends on the ISP. However, this is something you will find with basically every cable modem.

This is because of the interplay between the modem manufacturer and the ISP. And sometimes, things simply don’t work out. 

I would say that most of these problems also seem to happen on the two ISP’s known for having issues on – RCN and Optimum. 

Alternatives

Even though I like the Motorola MB8611, it won’t be perfect for everyone. Here are some alternatives that might fit you better. 

Arris S33
Source: Surfboard.com

Arris Surfboard S33 - The Same Performance But Different Brand

If you want a modem as fast as the MB8611 and either has RCN or Optimum, you should consider the S33. It also has a 2.5 Gbps Ethernet port and is thus just as fast and future-proof as the MB8611.
Motorola MB8600
Source: Motorola.com

Motorola MB8600 - The Slightly Slower Cousin

If you feel like the MB8611 is overkill, then consider the slightly slower MB8600. It’s also DOCSIS 3.1 but doesn’t have the 2.5 Gbps Ethernet port. Thus it “only” works for internet plans up to 2000 Mbps.
Netgear CM600
Source: Netgear.com

Netgear CM600 - A Cheaper Alternative

The Netgear CM600 is a much more moderate modem. It’s DOCSIS 3.0 with 24×8 channels. This makes it enough for any internet plan up to around 600 Mbps (even if it differs slightly from ISP to ISP). The CM600 is not as future-proof as the MB8611 but will cost you less.

Bottom Line

The Motorola MB8611 is a great option for you with a faster internet plan looking to buy a modem and then forget about it. 

Performance-wise, it’s one of the best in the market, and it goes for a fair price. Just avoid it if you either have RCN or Optimum.

Furthermore, if you are switching to fiber soon, then consider a slower alternative. 

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