How to Buy a Future-Safe Cable Modem

October 28, 2021

When buying a new cable modem, you want to ensure that the one you select is not only the right option for your home network but also future-safe for years to come. As Internet and WiFi technologies improve, you want to make sure that your cable modem supports:

  • Multi-Gigabit speeds
  • DOCSIS 3.1 technology
  • 2 x 2 OFDM/OFDMA channels
  • DOCSIS 3.0 backward compatible with bonded channels
  • Gigabit Ethernet ports


Having a cable modem that’s “future-safe” is extremely important.  Your cable modem is what connects you to the Internet, and you want to make sure that it can offer the fastest speeds and most reliable connection available today and for tomorrow.  You also need to ensure that it’s capable of handling any future network enhancements that your Cable Internet Provider might roll-out, including DOCSIS 3.1 technology and multi-Gigabit speeds.


A future-safe cable modem should have the following features:


  • DOCSIS 3.1 2×2 multi-carrier OFDM/OFDMA
    Having 2×2 multi-carrier OFDM/OFDMA means multiple signals can be transferred simultaneously instead of one at a time, ultimately leading to faster speeds.


  • DOCSIS 3.0 32×8 channel bonding
    32×8 channel bonding means that your cable modem has 32 downstream channels and 8 upstream channels. The more channels you have, the faster the upload and download performance.


  • 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. This allows for faster speeds and less interference.


  • Gigabit Ethernet Ports
    Gigabit Ethernet ports provide a faster wired connection to your Ethernet devices such as a separate WiFi router, computer, video streaming, WiFi Mesh network, gaming consoles and much more.


Finding and purchasing a cable modem with these features can ensure your modem will deliver the best performance for years to come. Hitron’s CODA DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem, is equipped with these features and more, ensuring that your cable modem is truly future-proof.  The CODA is available for purchase on Amazon.


Want to learn more about cable modems and future-proofing your network? Visit Hitron’s Learn page and Blog.


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