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Motorola MG7450 vs MG7550. Which to buy?

Updated on December 3, 2017
Motorola MG7450 or MG7550. Identical twins?
Motorola MG7450 or MG7550. Identical twins? | Source

Motorola MG7450 vs MG7550 Gateway

These two Motorola gateways or three in one gigabit switch, cable modem with router in a single box are so identical that many people, especially those who want to use devices only (and are not too concerned about its technical aspects) are confused as to which to buy.

As with my other hubs on cable modems and wireless routers, I intend to make this hub as easy to read and understand as possible with minimal technical jargon. However I will need to explain some technical terms and aspects of the home network gateway in order for you to have a complete picture to make a decision.

Motorola MG7450 and Motorola MG7550 specs side by side

Left - Motorola MG7450 and Right - Motorola MG7550 specs
Left - Motorola MG7450 and Right - Motorola MG7550 specs | Source

Before we compare the details of the Motorola MG7450 and the MG7550, lets have a high level look at the official Motorola specs:

Motorola MG7540: Cable modem plus router - 16x4 686 Mbps plus AC1600 Dual Band Wi-Fi

Motorola MG7550: Cable modem plus router - 16x4 686 Mbps plus AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi with Power Boost

Except for the color of the Motorola Logo and some wordings, you will find both MG7450 and MG7550 nearly identical.

The main difference being the Motorola MG7550 is AC1900 with Power Boost as compared to the MG7450's AC1600. Price will also be different - by approximately $60 at the time of writing.

So why should you be paying $60 more on the MG7550 as compared with the MG7450? Or even buy either one of these gateways - as it may not meet your requirements.

If it is for you, I also hope you will be able to make that distinction as whether to spend that additional $60 or not by the time you finish reading this comparison review.

You can check out my other hub if you are also interested in a detail review of the MG7550.

What good are these two gateways for?

Both of these gateways have high-speed wireless router with AC1600/AC1900 Wi-Fi that is capable of providing Internet access for wireless n, ac, g, b, and a devices such as smartphones, computers, tablets, game stations, Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, and smart HDTVs.

Both gateways also have four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports to provide wired connections to Windows and Mac computers, smart HDTVs, game stations, and other Ethernet-capable devices.

These two gateways are something that the modern house cannot do without.

Can I connect a phone to any of these two gateways?

If you need a telephone service option, there are no phone jack for it in either of the MG7450 or MG7550 gateways. So if this is your requirement, both these gateways are not for you.

In this case, you can check out my hub on the Motorola TG862G if you wish. The TG862G has a phone jack that you can just plug your phone into.

Is it better to have a gateway or two separate boxes (modem and router)

There are two different schools of thought here.

Some people will feel more comfortable with two different boxes - a separate cable modem and wireless router. They feel that it is easier to trouble shoot when problems crop up. This is because they could isolate the problem and focus on solving it. This was quite true way back when the gateway was first introduced.

However technology has advanced to such a stage that gateways are now very stable. In fact combining both the cable modem and router in one box creates a more reliable connection. It also reduces unwieldy wiring and uses one less power source. Motorola designed these two gateways to be vertical standing to minimize shelf space and also improve cooling to extend the product's life.

Main features of MG7450 vs MG7550

Description
Motorola MG7540
Motorola MG7550
DOCSIS
3.0
3.0
16x4 Cable Modem
Yes
Yes
686 Mbps Wi-Fi Gigabit Router
Yes
Yes
Dual band (2.4 and 5.0 Ghz)
Yes
Yes
AC1600
Yes
No
AC1900
No
Yes
Powerboost
No
Yes
Firewall
Yes
Yes
Dimension
11 x 10.2 x 2.8 inches
10.9 x 10.2 x 2.8 inches
Weight
2.5 lbs
1.5 lbs
Color
Black
Black
Phone Jack
No
No
HDMI Port
No
No
Certified by Charter
Yes
Yes
Certified by Time Warner
Yes
incl 300 Mbps
Comcast XFINITY - all residential speeds
incl Extreme 250
incl Extreme 250
Cox
No for Cox Premier - at time of writing
Yes
Charter Spectrum approved
Check with provider
Yes
Verizon Fios
No. Fios uses fibre optics
No. Fios uses fibre optics

Why you should choose other models

Just in case you have forgotten, I would like to reiterate here on why you should not buy any of these two gateways:

  1. If you need to connect a phone directly to it - it does not have a phone socket
  2. If you are using fibre optics e.g. VIOS. Cable and fibre are two different technology
  3. COX - please check with COX first if you plan to buy the Motorola MG7450 on the COX network


Why it is a no brainer to buy either MG7450 or MG7550

If you have been renting your device from your provider, it could easily cost you around $120 per year. As such if you own your own device esp the Motorola MG7450, you will start saving after one year. You need a few months more for the Motorola MG7550 and that is real savings!

That's the reason why many people are buying their own gateways. On top of that, you are ensured of getting some of the best gateways as compared with some crappy devices provided by your service provider.

Is that a reason to get the Motorola MG7550 over the MG7540?

Apart from the faster speed, the MG7550 have an additional feature over the MG7450.

By using the Power Boost technology, the MG7550 amplifies the wireless signal to the legal limit in the U.S.

AnyBeam implicit beamforming (read how beamforming works in my other hub) at 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz focuses the wireless signal toward the wireless clients.

Combining both Power Boost and AnyBeam, they work together to extend the range of the router part of the gateway. With both working together, they provide the fastest and most robust connections over the largest possible range, for virtually all client types.

I would like to help my readers in the best possible way I can. As such if you could kindly provide me with some feedback, it would be very helpful for me to cater my writing for future hubs based on those feedback.

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