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XB6 Gateway is a power hog

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XB6 Gateway is a power hog

Yesterday I upgraded to gigabit service and all went well.  I keep my gateway plugged in to a 900 watt ups backup in case of a power failure.  So we maintain VOIP phone service and home security system connectivity.

The replaced Xfinity modem had a power consumption around 25 watts, so I was good for about 8 hours of runtime on backup.

I was very surprised to discover that the power comsumption of th XB6 is 165VA.  Now I'll be lucky to get just one hour of runtime on a backup.

The cost to buy a ups backup power supply to run this thing for 8 hours is astranomical.  

Is there any way to reduce the broadcast power in order to reduce the power consumption?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: XB6 Gateway is a power hog


@NEWcam30era wrote:

Yesterday I upgraded to gigabit service and all went well.  I keep my gateway plugged in to a 900 watt ups backup in case of a power failure.  So we maintain VOIP phone service and home security system connectivity.

The replaced Xfinity modem had a power consumption around 25 watts, so I was good for about 8 hours of runtime on backup.

I was very surprised to discover that the power comsumption of th XB6 is 165VA.  Now I'll be lucky to get just one hour of runtime on a backup.

The cost to buy a ups backup power supply to run this thing for 8 hours is astranomical.  

Is there any way to reduce the broadcast power in order to reduce the power consumption?

Thanks in advance.


Does the UPS have a 120v connector so you can leave it plugged in all the time?   When I lose power, the UPS kicks in.


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Re: XB6 Gateway is a power hog

Yes. But I only get about 1 hour of runtime before the battery is depleted.
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@NEWcam30era wrote:

 

Is there any way to reduce the broadcast power in order to reduce the power consumption?

Thanks in advance.


AFAIK, no you can't do that with Comcast supplied gateway devices.



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Re: XB6 Gateway is a power hog

Thank you.  I suspected as much but appreciate the feedback.

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Solution for increased runtime for ups

I implemented the diy solution presented in the following link.  Now I have more than 8 hours of runtime during a power outage.  Posting this incase someone else finds themselves in the same boat.

 

https://www.instructables.com/id/Rework-a-UPS-with-Massive-Capacity/