Rogers N Gateway – SMCD3GN is a DOCSIS 3.0 modem/router along with N WiFi. The Rogers N Gateway – SMCD3GN is required for their 25 (Extreme plus) and 50Mbps (Ultimate) Internet packages.
When I originally set up this modem after upgrading to the 25Mbps Extreme plus service there was no documentation included with the device stating the default IP address, user name or password to login to it. As I figured out there are actually two accounts that you can use to log into the Rogers N Gateway – SMCD3GN.
- Default IP address: 192.168.0.1
- User name: cusadmin – Password: password
- User name: rogcesadmin – Password: wra8uje
Ironically the one Rogers technician I talked to didn’t even know about the second login and took the information down for future reference.
In terms of which account you should use I recommend using only the rogcesadmin account as all device features/settings are available using this account. For instance if you want to use the SMCD3GN as just a modem (bridge mode) you’ll need to log in as the rogcesadmin to disable all commercial gateway functions. See screenshot below. If you do disable all commercial gateway functions on the SMCD3GN I recommend disabling the wireless on it first. If you don’t, you’ll notice that you’ll always see the default SSID for the SMCD3GN available although it’s useless and cannot be connected to. Please note that once you disable all commerical gateway functions on the SMCD3GN it will reboot and you can no longer login to the modem and will need to perform a reset by pressing the reset button on the back of the SMCD3GN for 30 seconds. This will of course reset it to factory defaults allowing you to login as well as enabling the router/wireless capabilities.
What’s interesting about the SMCD3GN is that on Rogers website for this device they state: “Enhanced wireless range delivers maximum signal strength anywhere in the home.” I can tell you right now, that is an incorrect statement. If you live in an apartment or your residence is only 1 floor of a house you’ll be fine. If you live in a multi-floored residence (typical house) the SMCD3GN performs poorly for signal strength and network speeds. There’s no external antenna on the SMCD3GN so that’s one clue as to the extent of it’s wireless strength but test results posted below will show just how weak the signal strength of the SMCD3GN really is.
I performed speed tests in 4 different spots in my house. I tested using a laptop with an Intel wireless AGN wireless card on N mode. My SMCD3GN device is located at the front of my house on the second floor. I performed my first set of tests using the SMCD3GN N wireless and the second test using my NTI WF-2406 N wireless router with the SMCD3GN in bridge mode. On both tests I used the same wireless channel, encryption methods and server. There was no other network traffic during both sets of tests. The following screenshots tell the story.
As you can see even at 30 feet the Rogers N Gateway – SMCD3GN is really starting to struggle and that’s direct line of sight with zero interference. As far as I’m concerned the N wireless capabilities of the SMCD3GN are pretty weak at best. You can get better signal strength from a cheap wireless G router. As a modem the SMCD3GN does exactly as it’s supposed to and performs admirably. I haven’t had to reset the modem yet for any performance related issues and I’ve been using it for over a month now.