If you are renting your cable modem, you shouldn’t have to deal with your cable modem dying. But if it does, you can reach out to your Internet service provider (ISP) for a replacement. But if you bought and own your cable modem, that’s another story.
There are 5 signs to look out for to know if your cable modem is dying, failing, or “going bad.”
- Connection indicator lights have turned off even if you can still surf the web.
- Data transfers/downloads are slow.
- The connection speeds are slow.
- The modem is making a lot of loud or weird noises.
- The modem turns off or stops functioning.
It’s important to note that some of these problems are a result of other things. For example, weak power sources, low bandwidth, or ISP issues.
You can learn more about how to easily test your Internet connection with a Coax Testing Tool that will tell you if there is an issue with your modem, coax connection or with your Internet Service Provider.
If your cable modem is showing any of these warning signs, it is likely time to upgrade. We have covered the “must-have” features of a cable modem and created a checklist for you to help you when choosing the right cable modem since it can depend on your home network set up and your needs.
You can try troubleshooting, but sometimes trying to fix a modem that is on its way out isn’t cost effective. Cable modems have life spans and you are better off replacing your old one. Above all else, you must ensure your cable modem is compatible with your Internet Service Provider before purchasing.
Cable modems with DOCSIS 3.1 technology have the latest features and fastest speeds available from your Internet Service Provider. In fact, a DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem can “future-proof” your connection by always delivering the fastest possible speeds.
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