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This is a discussion on 16 channel vs 8 channel modems 60Mbps Spectrum Cable; is their any real difference? within the Modems/Cable/DSL/Satellite forums, part of the Tech Support Forum category. I have a Zoom 5341J 8 ch. down 4 ch. up modem. Spectrum gave me (for troubleshooting their issue not


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Old 08-15-2017, 07:41 AM   #1
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I have a Zoom 5341J 8 ch. down 4 ch. up modem. Spectrum gave me (for troubleshooting their issue not related to the modem) a Arris TM1602a eMTA (combo modem & ATA) that has 16 in & 4 out channels. The tech told me of their two new (and only) levels of service 60 & 100 Mbps. I have 30 now for $60/mo. Their 60Mbps service is $65 retail (no promotion) which I will of course take.

Their eMTA is 2x the size of what I have now, I would rather just keep mine. But, the question is;

Are the 8 additional channels really going to make any difference? At my current speed (30Mbps) I see NO difference.
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Did you not just ask this same question over at DSLReports?

In any case, unless there is congestion, you don't need over 4 channels to get 60 or 100 MB service. Having more channels only helps limit/reduce/eliminate congestion issues. This would be important for those that frequently report "slowness" during prime time.
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Yes, I always get 2nd (or more) opinions (from other sources).
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