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I have an old Motorola SB5101u Surfboard Cable Modem, and want to update it (Cox Cable). I have an old AirPort Express. Would a new DOCSIS 3.0 or higher ("Cox certified modem required") work with my old AirPort? Any suggestions on makes/models of modem to get? Thanks.

MacBook Pro, macOS High Sierra (10.13.3), WD My Passport Ultra 2TB as backups

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When you said "old", we took that at face value, and assumed that you had a discontinued version of the AirPort Express. These would be models A1084, A1088 and A1264.


The A1392 version is still the current model of the AirPort Express offered by Apple, although it might be as much as 5+ years old depending on when you actually purchased the product. This model is compatible with your Mac and the new modem.


A 1264 is the previous model of the AirPort Express, which was discontinued in 2012, so it would not make sense to downgrade to this version, even though your Mac still supports this model.

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Mar 12, 2018 9:11 AM in response to thewomandirector In response to thewomandirector

Would a new DOCSIS 3.0 or higher ("Cox certified modem required") work with my old AirPort?

Yes, assuming that your "old" AirPort Express is not too old. Look for the model number on the side of the AirPort Express. It is hard to see....gray lettering on a white background....so you may need good lighting and reading glasses to see it. The model number starts with an "A" followed by four numbers.


Model numbers A1084 or A1088 are unfortunately not compatible with the operating system on your Mac. If you have one of these models, ask Cox to supply you with a modem/router, which will replace both your old modem and AirPort Express.


Express model number A1264 is compatible with your Mac's operating system and would work with the new modem.

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Mar 12, 2018 9:11 AM in response to thewomandirector In response to thewomandirector

Would a new DOCSIS 3.0 or higher ("Cox certified modem required") work with my old AirPort?

Yes, assuming that your "old" AirPort Express is not too old. Look for the model number on the side of the AirPort Express. It is hard to see....gray lettering on a white background....so you may need good lighting and reading glasses to see it. The model number starts with an "A" followed by four numbers.


Model numbers A1084 or A1088 are unfortunately not compatible with the operating system on your Mac. If you have one of these models, ask Cox to supply you with a modem/router, which will replace both your old modem and AirPort Express.


Express model number A1264 is compatible with your Mac's operating system and would work with the new modem.

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Mar 12, 2018 8:52 AM in response to Bob Timmons In response to Bob Timmons

My AirPort Express is Model 1392 (thanks to flashlight and magnifying glass! You were right!).


I have Mac 10.13.3. Would you suggest getting/"upgrading" to the A1264? The Airport is for one user, and is located 3 rooms away from my office (works okay for now - streams Netflix okay, but wouldn't mind faster up/downloads).

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Mar 12, 2018 10:18 AM in response to thewomandirector In response to thewomandirector

When you said "old", we took that at face value, and assumed that you had a discontinued version of the AirPort Express. These would be models A1084, A1088 and A1264.


The A1392 version is still the current model of the AirPort Express offered by Apple, although it might be as much as 5+ years old depending on when you actually purchased the product. This model is compatible with your Mac and the new modem.


A 1264 is the previous model of the AirPort Express, which was discontinued in 2012, so it would not make sense to downgrade to this version, even though your Mac still supports this model.

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