Having the right modem and router can make all the difference when it comes to internet speed and connection strength throughout your home.
For Spectrum internet customers, a network-approved modem is already covered and included with your plan. However, you do have the option to purchase your own. Additionally, you must either rent a pre-configured Wi-Fi router from Spectrum for a monthly fee or use your own.
When choosing whether to buy your own modem, it’s important to make sure whatever you pick is compatible with your Spectrum internet service.
Top Spectrum-compatible modems
Spectrum-compatible modems are authorized for specific speed tiers. Check your original plan agreement to find out what tier you’re paying for then view the approved modems below. Some of the modems on this list, like the Netgear C6250, are actually modem-router combos, which means you can get away with just one device.
Using a modem or router that’s not authorized for your speed tier could result in slower internet speeds or a weaker connection.
Approved for Spectrum internet up to 60 Mbps
Approved for Spectrum internet up to 100 Mbps
|Arris||SB6141 SBG6400 SBG6580 SBG6580-2 SBG6700-AC|
|Motorola||MB7220 MG7310 MG7315|
|Netgear||C3000 C3000-100NAS CG3000D C3700-100NAS CM400|
|Zoom||5341J 5345 5350 5352 5354 5360 5363|
Approved for Spectrum internet up to 300 Mbps
|Motorola||MB7420 MG7540 MG7550|
|Netgear||C6250 CM500 CM500-100NAS|
|TP-Link||CR500 CR700 TC-7620|
Approved for Spectrum internet up to 400 Mbps
|Arris||SB6190 SBG7580 SBG7580-AC|
|Netgear||C6900 C7000-100NAS CM600 CM700|
Using your own router for Spectrum Wi-Fi
Spectrum doesn’t maintain a list of network-approved routers and they won’t provide technical support to any router you purchase yourself. However, they do provide a few recommendations:
- Router should be a draft 802.11N router with a built-in gigabit switch
- Router should have concurrent dual-band wireless-AC connections for households with heady internet usage
Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that whatever router you choose is compatible with your modem and speed tier to ensure you’re getting the speed you’re paying for at home.