The specs for the Motorola Surfboard SBG6580 can be found as followed:

TypeWireless access point
WiFi802.11 a, b, g, n
WiFi encryptionWEP, WPA, WPA2
MIMO supportYes
Antenna typeInternal
Range200 feet (indoor)
300 feet (outdoor)
Transmission power (max)16 dBm
WiFi Protected SetupYes
Ethernet10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Integrated switch4 ports
Ethernet duplexFull-duplex
Auto-crossover (MDI / MDI-X)Yes
Capacity16 users
Custom routesYes
DHCP serverYes
Dynamic DNSYes
Email alertsYes
MAC address filteringYes
Network address translation (NAT)Yes
Network time protocol (NTP)Yes
Port forwardingYes
Remote managementYes
VPN passthroughYes
Traffic / site loggingYes
Ethernet uplinkYes
Home broadband modemCable
IndicatorsPower, Port status, Link activity, Network utilization
Power sourceExternal
Power adapterExternal

Your Motorola should be compatible with both Windows 7 and Windows 8. You do not need any drivers to access the web manager interface.

If you ever run into compatibility issues for your SBG6580 with windows 8, consider installing the driver the comes with the CD-Rom to see if it can solve the issue.

Because SBG6580 is a cable modem, it requires the connection of coaxial cable to your cable provider’s service. It does not use phone jack like DSL modems.

Firmware Version and Upgrades
You cannot upgrade the firmware on Motorola Surfboard SBG6580 yourself, the only way to update the firmware is by having your Cable service provider to “push” the updated firmware code to you.

Your cable company will generally not update your SBG6580 firmware for you, unless you run into serious connection issues. If you are serious about updating your router modem’s firmware, you will jump through several hoops and a high level tech support might be able to do it for you.


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