What is a DOCSIS 3.1 Modem?

Learn > Cable Modem & Routers > What is a DOCSIS 3.1 Modem?

A modem is a hardware device that allows you to connect to the Internet. It is the wired device that communicates directly with your Internet service provider (ISP) to get the Internet connection and then pairs with a router to give you WiFi.

A cable modem is a type of modem that uses coaxial wiring to transmit data. This is the same wiring used for cable TV services that exists in most homes already. When considering which modem to invest in, an important component of every cable modem to pay attention to is the DOCSIS standard.

 

What is DOCSIS?

DOCSIS stands for Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification. It’s the international standard used to transfer data over cable TV systems, which makes it possible for any cable modem to work with any cable TV system (coaxial cables). The higher the DOCSIS protocol (2.0, 3.0, 3.1) the faster and better the transmission.

DOCSIS 3.1 is the latest standard and enables a new generation of cable services and helps operators meet customer demands for high-speed Internet. It is also backward compatible with DOCSIS 3.0 devices meaning that DOCSIS 3.1 downstream can operate with a DOCSIS 3.0 upstream. Likewise, DOCSIS 3.1 upstream can operate with a DOCSIS 3.0 downstream channel.

A DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem allows for superfast speeds up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps). This means that you can get fiber-like Internet speeds without having fiber optic Internet installed.

Having a modem that supports DOCSIS 3.1 doesn’t automatically mean that you are guaranteed 10Gbps, but you will get very fast Internet. Say you have an ISP speed package of 250Mbps (which is average), DOCSIS 3.1 will improve your speeds, signal level and reliability and you only have to pay for 250Mbps from you ISP and not a higher plan package.

Regardless, the impact of DOCSIS 3.1 technology is powerful. It allows broadband Internet subscribers benefits:

  • Fast speeds with support for up to 10Gbps downstream and 1Gbps upstream capacity.
  • Quality experience by reducing network delay so things like online gaming are lag-free even if multiple people are connected to the network.
  • Higher network capacity allows more people and devices to transmit data at the same time.

Internet speeds are highly dependent on the modem you use. Get the most out of your Internet plan and improve your speeds by upgrading to a DOCSIS 3.1 powered modem.

The Hitron CODA DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem is available on Amazon.  For more information about cable modems, cable routers, MoCA or other home networking solutions check out Hitron’s ​Learn Page​.

 

NEW! Now Available at Retail!

CODA DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem

Related Articles

What is WiFi 6 and Is WiFi 6 Really Better?

WiFi 6 (also known as 802.11ax) is the most recent version of WiFi. It’s the best version of WiFi to date, with more support, faster speeds, less network congestion, better security, improved battery life for devices, and more. If you are looking for the latest and...

How do I set up my cable modem?

There are differences in setting up your cable modem whether you purchased or rented the device. If you bought your own cable modem, you should check the user manual or manufacturers' support website for specific details. For example, Xfinity (Comcast) and other Cable...

Can I use any cable modem for Cable Internet?

The right cable modem or cable modem router combo to use to get cable Internet in your home depends on a few things: Whether you are renting vs buying Certification and compatibility with your Service Provider Must-have features to consider For example, if your...

What’s the difference between a modem and a cable modem?

A modem and cable modem are different devices because of the services that they connect to.  A DSL modem connects to landline or telephone lines (also referred to as Copper by Internet Service Providers).  A cable modem connects to Cable TV wiring (coax or coaxial...

Cable Modem Routers: Band Steering Explained

In today’s world, smart devices and connected IoT devices are everywhere in every home. With all these devices connected on one network, it can get difficult to ensure a smooth online experience while streaming, gaming, and video-calling all under the same roof....

These Hitron products are now available on Amazon!

You can own high-quality, Carrier-grade products!

Coax Cable Tester

DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem

MoCA 2.5 Coax to Ethernet Adapter

Featured Articles

3

Buying vs Renting a Router

Should you invest in your own Internet equipment and buy a router instead of renting one from your Internet service provider (ISP)? It depends on the cost and your preferences. Here are some pros and cons to help you decide.

Cable Modem Routers… A Complete Guide

This friendly, complete cable modem guide will answer your essential questions about cable modems, comparisons, compatibility and more FAQs that matter to you.

What is a Router?

A router is a small box that translates data from your modem to communicate a Wi-Fi signal to the devices on your local network. Learn more.

Why Buy a Gateway Instead of a Modem?

Should you invest in your own Internet equipment and buy a gateway or cable modem router instead of a modem? Or, should you rent it from your Internet service provider (ISP)? It depends on cost and your preferences. Here are some pros and cons to help you decide.

Let me know when the OS2210 is available?