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 to [...]
In one of its most high profile moves this year, T-Mobile recently announced that they’ve won big at the 600MHz low band wireless spectrum auction, winning 1,525 licenses, or 45% of all 600MHz spectrum. The newly acquired spectrum covers every inch of the US including US territories such as Puerto Rico and quadruples T-Mobile’s low band spectrum holdings. According to documents from the FCC, T-Mobile was the biggest purchaser of spectrum in this auction, spending nearly $8 billion.
The auction, which began last year, was a special auction which would re-purpose spectrum currently used for broadcast TV into spectrum for wireless services. Low band [...]
As we live in a more and more connected world, being able to conduct an internet speed test and subsequently interpret the results is one of the most important computer skills to have.
This is important for many reasons as it’s not only the first thing to do when troubleshooting a connection issue, it’s also necessary to determine if you’re getting the correct internet speeds you’ve paid for from your ISP.
What is Internet Speed, Ping, and Jitter
Before we begin, let’s first discuss bandwidth and latency, which are the two components that make up “internet speed”.
Bandwidth, which is most commonly [...]
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 SB8200 is [...]
Are you ready for Battlefield 1? EA is. Members of EA Access and Origin Access are now able to download the Battlefield 1 Play First trial before its planned October 13 launch date. Non EA Access and Original Access members will get access to the full game on October 21, and those who purchased the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition will get access on October 18.
According to the website, the Battlefield 1 Play First trial will come with 10 full hours of content containing five maps, four game modes, and three chapters of the single player campaign. You’ll also get the exclusive Trench Raider Dog Tag and those who go through all 10 hours of content will receive a [...]
You know how you have a wonderful data limit on your cellphone plan and you enjoy it so much? Well, looks like Comcast wants to do the same thing for your home broadband. Yay!
Earlier this year Comcast, one of America’s largest cable internet and TV providers, thought it would be a wonderful idea to begin rolling out 1TB datacaps to select markets. After all, it’s just what customers are used to with their mobile plans, right? Now that it’s been working so well, Comcast wants to roll it out to the rest of their network, expanding the creatively named program, 1 Terabyte Data Plan, to 18 new markets beginning on November 1. Just in time for the [...]
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 [...]
With the server hardware figured out, the final thing to do was to figure out where to keep the server. Since I don’t have the infrastructure at home or at work to host a server, I needed a colocation. For those unfamiliar, colocations are basically datacenters that rent out server rack space. Since colocation datacenters were built from the ground up to house servers, colocations generally offer uptime guarantees northwards of 99.9%.
Since I’m based in Los Angeles, California, my ideal colocation would of course be somewhere in Los Angeles. After doing a good amount of research comparing prices, infrastructures, colocation access, [...]