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The best compatible routers for Spectrum internet service

Samantha Cossick

May 23, 2020 — 3 min read

There are benefits to choosing your own equipment instead of renting from your provider. Learn which ones may be right for your internet plan!

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It’s easy to find a compatible modem and router for Spectrum services. 

For Spectrum internet customers, a network-approved modem is included with your plan at no additional charge. You can purchase your own modem if you really want to, but it won’t save you any money on your monthly Spectrum bill. 

Because of this, most Spectrum customers use the provided Spectrum modem. However, you do need to either rent a pre-configured Wi-Fi router from Spectrum or use your own. Renting a router from Spectrum costs $5/mo.*

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If you decide you want to use your own Spectrum modem, router or gateway (a modem and router combo), make sure whatever you pick is compatible with your Spectrum internet service.

Best routers for Spectrum

Spectrum doesn’t maintain a list of network-approved routers and they won’t provide technical support to any router you purchase yourself. However, based on the type of routers you can rent from Spectrum, you will need:

  • An 802.11ac router 
  • A dual-band wireless-AC connection 

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. And keep in mind, a router can deteriorate over time, so if your current router is over five years old, it may be time to invest in a new one to ensure that you’re getting the internet speeds you are paying for.

That said, don’t let this intimidate you from purchasing your own router. An average router costs under $100, with some base models even costing less than $50. Therefore, even if you have Spectrum service for less than two years, you can potentially save upwards of $20. And those savings increase the longer you maintain your Spectrum service.

Recommended Wi-Fi routers for Spectrum internet service

RouterEthernet portsNo. of external antennasWi-Fi bandsCost
Askey 802.11ac Wave 2 40Dual-band$
TP-Link AC1750 Smart Wifi Router43Dual-band$
NETGEAR Nighthawk R6700 43Dual-band$$
Linksys Tri-Band AC220054Tri-band$$$

Best Spectrum modems 

A Spectrum modem is included with all Spectrum internet plans, but you can still elect to provide your own modem. Be aware that Spectrum-compatible modems are authorized for specific speed tiers. Check your Spectrum plan agreement or contact Spectrum customer service to find out what tier you’re paying for, then view the Spectrum-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.

BrandModel(s)Supports internet speeds up to
ArrisSB6120, SB612160 Mbps
NetgearCMD31T60 Mbps
ArrisSB6141, SBG6400, SBG6580, SBG6580-2, SBG6700-AC100 Mbps
D-LinkDCM301100 Mbps
LinksysCM3008100 Mbps
MotorolaMB7220, MG7310, MG7315100 Mbps
NetgearC3000, C3000-100NAS, CG3000D, C3700-100NAS, CM400100 Mbps
TP-LinkTC-7610, TC-W7960100 Mbps
Zoom5341J, 5345, 5350, 5352, 5354, 5360, 5363100 Mbps
ZyxelCDA30360100 Mbps
ArrisSB6183, SBG6900-AC300 Mbps
ASUSCM-16300 Mbps
MotorolaMB7420, MG7540, MG7550300 Mbps
NetgearC6250, CM500, CM500-100NAS300 Mbps
SMC NetworksD3CM1604300 Mbps
TP-LinkCR500, CR700, TC-7620300 Mbps
ArrisSB6190, SBG7580, SBG7580-AC400 Mbps
ASUSCM-32, CM-32_AC2600400 Mbps
LinksysCM3024400 Mbps
MotorolaMB7621400 Mbps
NetgearC6900, C7000-100NAS, CM600, CM700400 Mbps

Check out more info in our ultimate internet router guide and find answers to all your broadband questions at the Resource Center.