NIce design, combined modem & firewall gateway, DOCSIS 3.0 backwards compatible, WPS sharing button for device setup, plenty of inputs, very fast.
Gateway web interface is not for the non-technically inclined, interface firmware help minimal.
I had a Motorola SBG 900 that worked flawlessly for years. I loved that it was a router and cable modem packed into a nice design. But since I purchased a Samsung SMART TV (fantastic by the way) and am now streaming constantly I finally needed all the bandwidth I ... Read full review
I had a Motorola SBG 900 that worked flawlessly for years. I loved that it was a router and cable modem packed into a nice design. But since I purchased a Samsung SMART TV (fantastic by the way) and am now streaming constantly I finally needed all the bandwidth I was already paying for (the SBG was a g class router) This gateway is the hub for a network that includes a laptop PC, wireless printer, network attached storage devices, wi-fi enabled HDTV, Sonos speakers, and an Andriod 4.0 phone. It's a home office network that sees a lot of data transfer, probably about 200 gigs or more a month coming in.
Honestly, I couldn't be more pleased with the hardware. The 6580 has significant improvements on nearly every aspect over the SBG900. It drove me insane that the 900 had 1(!) ethernet input. The 6580 has 4. Setting up my peripherals with the Wi-fi protected setup (WPS) button was so painless I would have thrown away my 900 earlier if I had know about this feature. (I switch equipment around a lot on my network)
And the speed...it's fantastic--for me at least. Perhaps it's because I know my service area supports DOCSIS 3.0, but maybe not. Jumping from g to n I knew would make a huge difference wireless-wise, but my download speed went through the roof after I installed this router, 25Mbps from 10Mbps wireless on SpeedTest. Even with an ethernet cable direct from my SBG900 I wasn't getting anything near that speed. Mind you I have a bare bone service package from Comcast; I'm not running business class broadband or even upper tier residential. 25Mbps is plenty for me. HD streaming is flawless. And I routinely stream 1080p video directly from files on my laptop to my HDTV using Samsung's Allshare as well--not a problem.
I saw other reviews mention lost connections; I haven't experienced this. It's connectivity performance has been solid in 2 weeks it's been on my network; I haven't had to reset once.
Lastly, the web-based 6580 interface is...not great. In fact it's even less intuitive than the interface for the SBG900 and I didn't think that was even possible. Luckily, I a decent smount I'd like to think about router/modem settings, but I could very easily see someone just losing their mind in this interface if they didn't have a decent amount of experience setting up routers and firewalls and really needed to fine tune for a specific purpose. It's too bad that Motorola has made such a great piece of equipment, with so many firewall, connection, security, IP filters, logs, diagnostics, parental controls, etc. and then provided such a poorly designed mechanism to interface with it. Seriously, how hard would it be to add interactive help tags/pop-ups next to individual configuration options. (The mind numbing list that comes up when clicking "help" is pure laziness.) Which leads me to believe that anyone who needs to set some specific settings better know what they're doing or they'll be lost. And that most plug and play users will have no idea what this thing is capable of.
I'm not thrilled that the firewall just has radio buttons now. Like the ever poorly labeled "Firewall", with out actually describing what it's firewall comprises of. At least on the SBG 900 I could read the list of port exceptions. Now I have no idea what this thing has been programmed to do. (To be fair there are additional firewall radios that are obvious like "Port Scan Detection" and "IP FLood Detection". Who kows perhaps biried deep within the 6580's interface the notty gritty of the firewall is made more clear.
So, in closing, the hardware functionality and simplicity of design are more than exceeding my expectations. I don't like the firmware interface, but it will does allow you to do a lot of fine tuning if you have the patience and bravado to tackle it. If you don't, the SBG6580 will also plug and play just fine. I'm pleased.I gave it 4 stars because it performs exceedingly well. It would be five with a much more user-friendly interface
Updated on Jun 27, 2012