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Finding the Best Cable Modem

When it comes to selecting a cable modem,there are a great many choices to choose from. The most important feature that a consumer should look for when purchasing a cable modem is reliability. The best way to get information regarding a specific cable modem is by researching it using the Internet. An Internet search will provide you with the technical specs of a given cable modem, such as the speed at which the cable modem is capable of transferring data,the type of warranty associated with the purchase, user/professional reviews, operating system compatibility, etc.

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What Exactly is a Cable Modem?

In short, a cable modem is a type of device that allows for the reception of a high speed broadband signal through cable television lines. The coaxial cable used for cable television services has a far greater bandwidth allowance than standard telephone lines providing an extremely fast broadband option at an equitable price.

Cable modems are capable of transferring data at speeds of more than1.5 Mbps, greatly exceeding the speeds of older, outdated modems such as those used for dial-up and ISDN narrow band Internet connectivity. In order to connect a cable modem to a given computer, you will need to run Ethernet cable from the cable modem to your computer’s network card(Ethernet card). The cable modem must also be connected to its cable backbone network via coaxial cable.

The Best Cable Modems

Motorola is one of the more respected producers of quality cable modems due to their combination of low prices and excellent reliability. The Motorola Surfboard cable modem series contains some ofthe best cable modems the industry has to offer. The Surfboard series includes best sellers such as:

Motorola Surfboard SB5120

Backward compatible with DOCSIS 1.0 and 1.1, the Motorola SurfboardSB5120 costs anywhere from $60 - $90 and is able to compete with theSB5100 modem for the title of best cable modem on the market.Incorporating the latest DOCSIS 2.0 A-TDMA and S-CDMA technologies, theSB5120 is capable of transmitting upstream at three times the speed ofDOCSIS 1.0/1.1 systems. Features include:

  • Handles speeds up to 100 times faster than 28.8 k modems.
  • Ethernet and USB connectivity
  • Compatible with Windows 95, 98, 2000, Me, NT, XP, Mac OS, Linux and Unix.
  • Stand-by button allows users to disengage the cable broadband network without removing the cables. (For security purposes)

Motorola Surfboard SB5100 Cable Modem

One of the more popular Motorola options to choose from, theSurfboard SB5100 is perhaps the best cable modem on the market today.Features include some of the following:

  • Transfer speeds as high as 30 Mbps.
  • Built in HTML-based diagnostic tools assist with troubleshooting connectivity problems.
  • Ethernet and USB connectivity.
  • Windows 95, 98, 2000, Me, NT, XP, Mac Os, Linux & Unix compatible
  • DOCSIS 2.0 compatible