How to Maximize Download Speed with a Cable Modem Upgrade – SURFboard SB6190 Review

Maximizing your internet speed is always tricky, there can be so many factors to consider with so many of them unknown to anyone outside of your cable company.
IMG-20170731-WA0018After researching for hours, it became apparent that one thing was important, number of download channels. Many of the cable modems people use are several years old, with only 4 or 8 download channels. Theoretically this should be able to handle the speeds they pay for, but when these channels are congested, much like a freeway is sometimes, additional channels would help.

This brought me to the best seller on Amazon, the ARRIS SURFboard DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (SB6190) that had a whopping 32 download channels. The key here is that with the tier of internet I was paying for, a representative informed me that I had 24 download channels available. Knowing that, I could not settle for a new modem with only 16 channels.

The results were immediately apparent, I was paying for 150MBPS, and now I was getting over 190MBPS. Utilizing my connection to the fullest was finally becoming a reality with just a new modem.

Take a look at this speed test from my phone over WiFi:


The router I am using to get these great speeds over WiFi is the ASUS RT-ACRH13.

Let me know what you think or if you have had a similar experience below!

APEC Top Tier Supreme Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System (ULTIMATE RO-90) – Review

I ordered two things from Amazon:

  1. APEC Top Tier Supreme Certified High Flow 90 GPD Ultra Safe Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System (ULTIMATE RO-90)
  2. Water Quality Tester


Immediately on arrival I began testing my tap water. It registered over 700 PPM (Parts Per Million)! That is well above any standard for safe drinking water and I was glad to have bought a reverse osmosis system.

Installation was relatively easy, taking about one hour to complete. There were detailed instructions to guide me through the whole process.

At this point, the new system was up and running. Immediately there was a difference in the smell, taste, and detected PPM.


The final installed APEC Ultimate RO 90 is shown below:


And finally, after one month of use, there has been a consistent sub 65 PPM reading on the TDS meter as shown below:


This is a rejection rate of 91.3%, which is definitely good for an affordable home RO system.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!