Best cable modem???
My cable isp recently swapped out a great cable modem for a new toshiba p.o.s. This new one is unbelievably slow, i'm currently getting only 150k from a person a few miles away [img]/forum/frown.gif[/img]. And not only that but the new one also has a hard drive which caches webpages so they have less people *****ing its slow, and it records all the sites i visit. I'm sick of it, and i want to know the best modem out there, how much it costs and where to get it. thanks in advance.
Who is your isp and location? I'm going to get a cable modem and I sure want to avoid those SOB's! You want to get a DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Systems Interface Specification) type modem. I think they are compatable with all isp's. I think they are pricey (3-400 bucks?) but I talked to my local cable guy and he said if you had to buy your own modem be sure to get a docsis. Post something in general discussion and ask where to buy one.
Look at "www.terayon.com"
I've been using the Terra Pro cable modem for two months and have no complaints so far.
Maybe "www.Tomshardware.com" has some other brands tested. Check it out.
If I were you i would look into ADSL or ISDN connections. ADSL is supposed to faster than cable modem and cheeper too [img]/forum/smile.gif[/img]
While I wouldnt say DSL is nessecarily faster OR cheaper.. I can say it is probably more reliable and usually offers static IPs.
Typical cable modem price: $39/month
Typical ADSL consumer grade prices tend to run about:
384k down / 128k up: $49/month
768k down / 384k up: $79/month
ISDN shouldn't even be an option at 128k and running about $30/month per channel + per minute usuage.
While cable companies boast 1.5Mbps on cable modems, you'll rarely see it. I typically average around 20-60K per second. DSL, you'll probably get more transfers at the upper limit of your bandwidth, though the upper limit is probably lower. I HAVE had some rare transfer at well over 100K/sec with my cable modem.
and you have to watch with xDSL that you need to be close to a box or else you won't get close to the speeds. My cable gets me 100/k all the time and yes even 1M/s but not like the little flyer they spred everywhere saying 1.5m/s. usuallly around 300k on good sites. The site is what is slwing me up the most.
Ya. i gota Terayon calbe modem also. BUT...
my isp has way too many dropps. think of this.... your surfin, doing whatever , then all of a sudden you cant ping the gateway. Remeber, cable modems are on a shared systems. so down she goes. open a dos box and ping the gateway of your isp. TIMEOUTS.
that's why, for the difference in speed i recommend going for a dedicated connection to your isp via ADSL. The Average Joe/Joe-ette who uses their compute once a week wouldnt care bout this. Although it depends on who the isp is and how technical they are.
If i woulda known this would b going on. for a bit less up/down stream i'da went Adsl in a second.
Well lets see I download all 1000MB's of Linux Mandrake 7.1 last night in about 15 minutes! So I will not complain about my cable modem. The Internet is the biggest slowdown period! No overpriced DSL for me thank you.
goldboyd what modem did they give you? I have not heard of one with a hard drive. I have a Motorola cyberSurfer and have been very happy with it.
Also when I use NetMedic and have several downloads at the same time I get about 4mbps. And I live by a college where many of these kids have cable modems.
Mine is a 3COM US Robotics and very good.
I pay $39 month for 500K down and 250K up, but get much faster speed most of the time.
You know how often Ive heard this thread, Cable suck, DSL's great or Cables great DSL sucks? Dont you understand that youa a PART OF A WHOLE network and EVERY connection bettween you and the remote network determains your speed? I know a guy with another cable co across town who is only getting 100kbps and I get 1000kbps out of my cable co! BUT IT DEPENDS on WHERE I connect to AND HOW IT IS ROUTED!!!!!
Think about it, the internet IS a INTERNETWORK of NETWORKS!
My 2 cents,
As for those prices for DSL. I am sure glad I don't live in your area!!!
ALLTEL ADSL speeds data to you at up to 1.536 Mbps.
Pasted from ISP site.
As for the price in my area it's only $39.95 a month. As for speed that will be averaged over time but I get so far an avg. d/l speed from most at around 900~1.3
Tried the cable thing but they charge more for extra PC's connected and my ISP will support more.(Site says up 256 out of the box.)
My 2 cents.
Remember to take your dog bowling......
DOCSIS modems wont work on the non-standard ISP's (which as of now most aren't DOCSIS yet) so you really need to find that out first and make sure they'll even let you swap (they ***** about switching the MAC address sometimes, annoying). I was given the Motorola CyberSurfr Wave and love it, works great. IF your network is DOCSIS, you can get any brand you want just as long as they switch the MAC address on the other end.
Hay!!! Wee96. Your an idiot!!! DOCSYS does not mean swapping a MAC address!!! Why dont you educate yourself!!! No you cannot use any modem you want in a DOCSYS system!!! The modem must be DOCSYS complient!!! Cable companies modem are specific to the account. SERIAL NUMBERS!!! also play a roll. There is more to it than your basic networking knowledge!!! and junk gaming experience.
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