If you’re on cable internet, chances are you probably pay a monthly fee to your service provider to rent one of their modems. However, this fee can be eliminated by simply bringing your own modem and installing it yourself.
While cable companies would much rather you pay a fee to rent their equipment, FCC rules dictate that cable companies must allow customers to bring their own equipment if they choose. As such, today we’ll be sharing several of what we think are the best cable modems on the market today.
Best Cable Modem Overall ARRIS SurfBoard SB6183
For most people, the ARRIS SurfBoard SB6183 will be the best cable modem [...]
In the computer networking world, the three most ubiquitous pieces of equipment are modems, routers, and switches. These are used everywhere from the datacenter hosting Google to the internet connection in your own home. However, despite how important these three pieces of equipment are, many people are completely oblivious as to what each piece of equipment does, so in this article, we’ll attempt to clarify the difference between the modem, router and switch, and how it all fits in your home network.
What is a Modem?
A modem is the short way of saying “modulator, demodulator”. The primary purpose of a modem when used in a [...]
Over the past few days, Amazon has been running multiple pre-sales leading up to their big Prime Day sales event, but starting at 9PM EST today, July 11, and ending exactly 30 hours later at 3AM EST tomorrow, July 12, Amazon will be hosting their largest sale for the year with deals coming up every five minutes.
We’ve went through the first round of deals and here’s a list of some of the deals to watch out for:
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When I switched to Time Warner Cable (now Spectrum) several years ago, one of the first things I did was purchase a new cable modem. At the time, Time Warner Cable was charging customers $6 per month to rent a modem which means if I purchased a modem, used it for just shy of two years, I would be saving $6 a month for the rest of the useful life of the modem.
At the time, the best modem on the market was the ARRIS SurfBoard SB6141. It was the standalone modem of choice for Time Warner Cable, so I picked one up. For the next few years, the modem worked well, but when Time Warner Cable began rolling out their new speed tiers up to 300Mbps, an upgrade [...]
In a recent announcement, ARRIS took the wraps off the fastest cable modem they’ve ever built, the SurfBoard SB8200.
According to the release, the ARRIS SurfBoard SB8200 is a DOCSIS 3.1 ready modem featuring 32 download and 8 upload SC-QAM channels along with 2 download OFDM and 2 Upload OFDMA channels. It’s capable of theoretical speeds up to 10Gbps, a whopping 10x faster than DOCSIS 3.0 however, as the device only features two Gigabit Ethernet ports, maximum bandwidth is actually capped at a paltry 2Gbps. For those who need it, the SB8200 also supports both IPv4 as well as IPv6 technologies.
Carrying a MSRP of $199.99, the ARRIS SurfBoard [...]
For CES 2016, Netgear unveiled a series of new WiFi routers and range extenders under their standard and premium Nighthawk product ranges. They include the Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart Router, AC1600 WiFi Cable Modem Router, Nighthawk X4 AC2200 WiFi Range Extender, and the all-new NETGEAR PowerLINE WiFi 1000.
Nighthawk X4S R7800 AC2600 Smart Router
Starting with the Nighthawk X4S, the new router is the successor to 2014’s Nighthawk R7500 and sports Wave 2 WiFi features like quad-stream architecture for both 2.4 and 5GHz, Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO), and 160MHz bandwidth.
Its specifications include a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, a total of 5x [...]