Top 6 Cable Modems

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1 RCA DCM425 Digital Cable Modem

Not all of the current top cable modems are DOCSIS 3.0 models. The RCA DCM425 Digital cable modem is a DOCSIS 2.0 model, so other modems may get higher speeds from providers that support DOCSIS 3.0. However, the DCM425 makes the top of the list because it is compatible with many of the most popular Internet service providers. Choosing an modem compatible with the one that the service provider generally rents out carries the advantages of easily accessible support and firmware updates specifically designed for the system. This means smooth service with a minimal amount of connection difficulties. Many service providers use and support this device.


2 Netgear CMD31T High Speed Cable Modem
Netgear CMD31T High Speed Cable Modem

Specifically designed to work with major Internet service providers, Netgear's CMD31T is a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, and supports download and uploads speeds of up to 150Mbps. Such speeds allow the Internet user to take full advantage of services such as streaming HD videos, online gaming, and voice over IP services, all over a wireless, Wi-Fi connection providing fast upload and download speeds for sharing everything from important files to tweets, pictures, videos, and status updates. The CMD31T also provides a secure connection and installation is easy.


3 Cisco Linksys CM100 Cable Modem with USB and Ethernet Connections
Cisco Linksys CM100 Cable Modem with USB and Ethernet Connections

The Linksys name is a leader in the industry and has a reputation for producing solid modems loaded with high-quality hardware. The Cisco Linksys CM100 cable modem with USB and Ethernet connections is no different. This model is a DOCSIS 2.0 and does not have built in Wi-Fi, so users who want to connect wirelessly also need to install a wireless router. The modem has a good reputation for providing fast speeds and for easy setup with any Internet service provider that operates DOCSIS. It also has the ability to connect to the computer or the router using either a USB or an Ethernet cable, which makes it even more versatile.


4 Zoom 5341 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
Zoom 5341 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

The Zoom 5341 is another high-speed cable modem that supports the most current DOCSIS 3.0 Internet service. This modem is inexpensive when compared to others, which makes it attractive to budget conscious consumers. It connects only through an Ethernet cable and has no Wi-Fi. Not all service providers support DOCSIS 3.0, and not all modems are compatible with every service provider, so it is important to check for compatibility with the Internet provider before purchasing any modem. The Zoom 5341 has a reputation of being a reliable, fast modem for those it works for, but some consumers do report connection issues with certain providers.


5 Cisco Linksys DPC3008 Advanced DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
Cisco Linksys DPC3008 Advanced DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Another modem backed by the Cisco Linksys reputation for quality and service, the DPC3008 Advanced DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem supports download speeds of up to 340Mbps and upload speeds of up to 120Mbps. Those speeds make streaming video and online gaming run ultra-smooth. As with other Linksys modems, owners of this one enjoy an easy 3-step setup process and the comfort of best-in-class security. Unlike some options in its price point, the Linksys DPC3008 does not include Wi-Fi, so a wireless router is necessary to use it with laptops, tablets and other Wi-Fi enabled devices.


6 Motorola SURFBoard Series

The Motorola SURFBoard Series has been around for a number of years now, and there are many modems with different specifications in the series. The SURFBoards have acquired a name for themselves, with loyal consumers turning to them for their ease of use and reliability. Motorola just keeps improving on a good product, so the newer DOCSIS 3.0 models include many of the same features as older models, but with updated technology. The SB6180 SURFBoard eXtreme modem features an easy setup with easy to use online diagnostics and speeds of up to 300 Mbps downstream and 120Mbp upstream. Wi-Fi is not included on this particular model.


How to Buy a Cable Modem on eBay

Many people rent their cable modem from their Internet service provider. It is easy to save money and improve the quality of the service by buying one instead. Sellers list virtually all of the most popular modems every day on eBay, and these modems generally represent a great bargain for the consumer. When choosing one, it is always a good idea to purchase the make and model that the Internet provider uses or recommends. Many providers optimise their firmware for that specific model and installing it can ensure that connected devices receive the highest quality service and speeds.
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