Netgear DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Cable Modem via Amazon
Netgear CM500-100NAS Docsis 3.0 is a cable modem for high download and upload speeds up to 680Mbps, that is certified for cable internet providers like Comcast Xfinity which is the largest cable net service provider in US with high speeds so you will not need to pay extra for the cable modem rental fees monthly as you will own your cable equipment, saving yourself around 120 dollars annually and as an Xfinity customer you won’t need to make a call to get connected to the internet with the quick self-activation. You will find the DOCSIS 3.0 CM500 model high speed cable modem, a power adapter, an ethernet cable and quick install manual in the box.
Netgear CM500’s shipping weight is 1.59 pounds and measures 8.8 x 3.8 x 7.2 inches- rather small and will save you on space and looks better than the CM400 model if the your modem’s appearance matters to you, especially if it is out in the open. You’ll connect to the net comfortably even in the busiest hours as it supports as many as 4 upload and 16 download channels at the same time. As CableLabs certified DOCSIS 3.0 you will enjoy 16 times more speed than the 2.0 units, meaning speeds as much as 680Mbps. It is perfect for streaming and playing high definition and 4K videos and you can game on several devices simultaneously and at high speed. 10/100/1000 Gigabit net port with RJ-45 connector will allow you to have faster internet access and download everything faster. However as only a cable modem it is not built to work with cable bundled voice services and does not support phone lines which some businesses may want. And also the status lights can be a little hard to see from an angle, whether they are on or blinking so you need to look at them straight on.
It is very easy to set-up and operate (will take about 5-10 mins max normally from the moment you first take it out of its box, connecting power, coax, ethernet cables to browsing the internet) and no customer seems to have any problems with the installation. It will not only save you roughly $10 per month in equipment rental fees but works better than what Comcast provides. A couple of customers commented that the self-activation on the net didn’t work for them as they were probably moving from an already existing cable modem but with just a phone call to Comcast Technical Support they got online very quickly and at very high speeds they could not achieve with other modems. It is not compatible with Charter, which was pointed out by the manufacturer but works with Time Warner Cable very well and is backwards compatible with the DOCSIS 2.0 networks. If you want something to work with Charter and others you may of course want to check out the CM400 but the CM500 is a cable modem that we definitely recommend for a great smooth and consistent internet experience and we think it is worth paying 20-30 dollars extra on top of the CM400 for twice as much the download speeds and 10Mbps more upload speeds especially if you are a heavy online gamer or video streamer and better design.