Cable Modem Router Must-Have Features

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We wrote a similar article about the must-have key features for a cable modem. But this one focuses on the key features of a cable modem ​router.​ What’s the difference?

Cable modem: ​A cable modem is a hardware device that uses a coax cable to ​connect your computer devices with your Internet service provider (ISP). ​A cable modem connects to the Internet.

Cable modem router: ​Whereas, a cable modem router connects to the Internet ​and distributes the internet connection to multiple devices. The benefit with a cable modem router is that you have one device instead of a separate cable modem and router.

Like we said, this page focuses on the cable modem ​router.​ The right cable modem router will have the following features:


What to Look for in a Cable Modem Router:

With your cable modem router, you want similar features that you’d find with the ideal cable modem:

  • Fast speeds
  • Reliable Internet connection
  • Easy to set up and manage
  • Supports remote troubleshooting
  • DOCSIS compatibility for more bandwidth channels
  • MoCA support

The additional features you want are:

WiFi 5 or WiFi 6 Compatibility: ​Since a cable modem router is one device, it must perform at its best as a modem ​and​ router. Therefore, the latest DOCSIS standard (3.1) and the latest WiFi standard (WiFi 6) are a must to be the heart of your wireless home network.

Multi-Gigabit Speeds: ​Not just fast speeds, but multi-gigabit fast speeds. This ensures the best video streaming and online gaming experiences.

Software-Switchable Frequency:​ ​Meets the increased upstream bandwidth demands of video conferencing, IoT, and interactive services. The ability to remotely manage this software also reduces the need for sending out a technician to install extra hardware in the home.

Full Coverage with Bonded MoCA 2.0: ​A cable modem router with integrated MoCA support lets you easily extend your home WiFi network throughout the home. Hitron’s cable modem routers are equipped with secure software that allows for automatic setup of ​Hitron MoCA extenders​.


Why these features matter:

With a high-performing cable modem router, your Internet is better. You reduce the frustration of slow connections, buffering videos, dropped video calls for work, and online gaming lag. You can get all of the above ideal features with a Hitron cable modem router, whether it’s equipped for ​WiFi 5​ or ​WiFi 6​.

Hitron cable modem routers​ are great home network solutions because they offer the best of cable modems and routers in one. You get high-speed broadband access and easy home networking. Ask your ISP about Hitron’s DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1, WiFi 6 ready cable modem routers today.

For more information on home networking solutions check out Hitron’s ​Learn Page​.

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