The cable modems featured on this page are stand-alone cable modems. They do not have any WiFi capabilities built-in. They can only be used with a single device such as a Smart TV, PC, or Laptop. Alternatively, the modem can be connected to a wired / wireless router or switch.
A standard cable modem is typically cheaper when compared to a similar WiFi modem for obvious reasons. Using a standard cable modem takes up more space when used with a separate router. However, it'll be cheaper in the future to replace if it ever breaks down and the warranty has expired.
Tips To Keep Your Modem Running Longer and Faster
- As with all electronics, a cable modem should be unplugged when not in use for long periods, particularly overnight. All electronics, especially cable modems use energy when not in use. Heat output from any device is simply wasted energy. Modems are always in contact with your provider, sending data back and forth, even when you don't request info. An auto timer or smart WiFi plug can help to reduce the amount of time the modem is running unnecessarily.
- I'm guilty of it, but don't fall asleep with your streaming TV service running. This not only wastes electricity, lowers the life expectancy of the modem but also eats up your monthly data plan which most cable companies now enforce. Make use of TV and streaming device timers that are built-in to your devices.
- To help with speeds of a cable modem and consistent up time, make sure all coax connections in your house are tight. Don't use screw on coax connectors on the end of the coax wire. 95% of the time, these are not properly put on and cause latency issues, speed interference, and disconnections. Any coax splitters, should be high quality with gold plating with a frequency range up to 2500 MHz (2.5 GHz).
- A signal booster / amplifier can increase the speeds of your internet only if you are not getting your subscribed speeds. A booster can help transfer data over longer cable runs or ones with multiple splitters. However, don't expect to obtain faster speeds than what you are subscribed to.