What is the best modem for cable web access + my Macs?

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  1. Bolicious

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    I had DSL which came with a DSL modem. Well, now that Cable internet service is available in my area, I am making the switch, but I have to pay for the modem. What would be a good modem to get that will work well with the Mac?
     
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    I think any modem would work but the companies around here (SD) use motorola modems.
     
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    I don't know nearly as much about cable modems as I do DSL, but...

    Call your cable provider and ask what DOCSIS standard your modem needs to comply to. It's probably DOCSIS 1.0 or 1.1, and there is a chance that it is DOCSIS 2.0 (doubt it). Once you've done that, just make sure that whatever modem you buy is compliant with that DOCSIS standard. I know people that have used both Motorola and Linksys cable modems with success.

    You can also go to www.broadbandreports.com and dig through their forums and find your provider and area and see what people there are recommending be used. At least on the DSL side there are employees from most of the major providers that post there and they can be very helpful.
     
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    Oh, and a general suggestion to all of y'all. GET A ROUTER. Linksys, D-Link or Netgear. Even if you only have one computer, get a router. SoHo routers, like those available from Linksys, D-Link and Netgear not only act as hardware firewalls but will handle authentication tasks, such as PPPoE, and will perform NAT functions. I cannot recommend anyone use a residential broadband connection with ANY computer without using a router in line.
     
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    I have a wireless Microsoft router ATM, just needed the modem. Thanks for the info bro :cool:
     
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    lease a modem from your cable provider, if you can... I go through 2+ modems a year, and they get costly if the provider doesn't pay for it.
     
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    Holy shit. Why are you wasting 2+ modems a year?
     
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    yeah, how are you going through 2+ modems a year?

    Bolicious, why won't your cable company give you one on loan?
     
  9. maczter

    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    If you don't have a router yet, I highly recommend the Airport Express, especially if you travel to other places with wired broadband connections.
     
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    At least around here, Comcast charges $10/month to rent a modem. You can buy cable modems for $50-$75. So it really doesn't make much sense to rent one. In your case, maybe you ought to see if Best Buy, Circuit Shitty, etc offers an extended warranty for $25 or so. You'd still come out ahead if you spent $75 on the modem and $25 on the modem in just about 10 months.
     
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    $5 a month to rent. I fig, why not own it since I'll have the service a for a long ass time.
     
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    because I've got 2Mbps upstream and I'm constantly maxing that out. Consumer-grade modems wern't meant to handle it, and crap out frequently.
     
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    I ended up getting a Motorola surfboard. $50 with $30 rebate at Bust Buy. :cool:

    Works great.
     

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