You want to make sure your cable modem or cable modem router is future-proofed. To do this, you need to look for certain must-have features. This is important to meet your Internet needs and for device longevity.
At the least, your cable modem/router should have or support the following capabilities:
- Fast Gigabit speeds
- Reliable Internet connection
- Easy to setup and manage
- Supports remote troubleshooting
- DOCSIS compatibility for more bandwidth channels
- Switchable frequency channels
- MoCA (Ethernet over coax) compatibility
Beyond these features, there are others to look for. Before you buy, consider these additional smart features so you can get a future-proof cable modem/router device:
DOCSIS 3.1 certified
DOCSIS stands for Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification. DOCSIS 3.1 is the latest version which allows high-bandwidth data transfer. (A fast Internet connection.)
DOCSIS 3.1 2×2 multi-carrier OFDM
This refers to the method of high-bandwidth data transfer. Having 2×2 multi-carrier OFDM means multiple signals can be transferred simultaneously instead of one at a time.
DOCSIS 3.1 32×8 channel bonding
32×8 channel bonding means that the cable modem has 32 downstream channels and 8 upstream channels. More channels mean faster download and upload speeds.
Switchable 5-85/5-204MHz Upstream
Switchable frequency means that your cable modem can avoid congestion by switching to a clear frequency channel to get a better Internet connection.
Built-in MoCA immunity filter
A MoCA immunity filter is important so that you and your neighbors do not experience any Wi-Fi interferences from MoCA technology.