I just found out that for the past year, my cable company started charging me a cable modem rental fee. It’s a long story why I didn’t know about this until recently.
Anyway, for $120 per year, I figure I could get my own modem — maybe one slightly newer than the decade old cable modem I currently have. However, I know nothing about these things.
- Most are DOCSIS 3.0 compatible and some are DOCSIS 3.1 compatible. Is that all I need to know for it to work with my Internet provider (Optimum)? Or, is there something else I should look for?
- They list speeds such as 343Mbps download and 131Mbps upload. I have 100 Mbps, so is that good enough? Or, is there special rule like Modems need to be 4x faster than the Internet service that I need to watch out for?
- There are multiple channels listing like 4x4, 8x4, and 16x4. How do those channels affect my speed? I’ve seen all three listed as 343Mbps speed, but I’m also told that the number of channels affect the speed too.
- Is there something I need to know about installation? Do I need to work with my ISP about it? Or, is it plugin and go? Is there configuration settings I need to know about and set?
I really haven’t seen a good online guide on this particular topic. It might be something that TibBITs could cover.