2022 Guide to Cable Modem Routers

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Cable Modems

If one of your New Year’s goals is to save money, investing in the finest cable modem may help, especially if you’ve been using the modem that your own internet service company delivered.

That internet company-given modem isn’t normally free; your internet provider will most probably demand you a monthly renting payment, which may be as high as $14 in certain cases. Over time, this adds up. Purchasing one of the finest cable modems, on the other hand, removes that recurrent fee, allowing you to save money in the long run.

How can you figure out what modem you have?

Following the methods below, Microsoft Windows users may discover which modem is presently installed in their machine.

  • After that, go to the Start menu and choose the Programs folder.
  • Then, under Accessories, choose the System Information folder.
  • Select the Plus sign next to Components in the System Information box.
  • Choose Modem, and you’ll see all of the modem’s details on the right corner of the window.
  • If there isn’t anything shown, your machine doesn’t have a modem.

Other ways to figure out what modem you have:

Physically inspecting the modem in a computer is one of the finest ways to figure out what it is. By disassembling your personal computer and directly looking at the modem, you can see the brand, make and model, and speed.

If you don’t know the modem’s maker or product code, but know the FCC identification number, we suggest doing an FCC check with that number. Visit the FCC description site for more information on FCC numbers.

Is your modem also your router?


Modems connect you access the Internet from the comfort of your own home.

A modem is a device that links your house to your Internet service provider (ISP), such as Xfinity, through a coax cable connection. The modem receives signals from your ISP and converts them into signals that may be used by your local devices, and vice versa. A wide area network is the link between your home and the Internet (WAN). Every modem is given a public IP address which allows it to be identified on the Internet.

  • Allows you to connect to the Internet from the comfort of your own home.
  • Has a publicly accessible IP address
  • It makes use of a wide-area network (WAN).


Routers connect your gadgets to the Internet.

In hard-wired connectivity settings, a router links your devices to one other and to the modem. The router communicates with your modem through an Ethernet connection or, in the instance of a wireless router, a Wi-Fi connection, and then to your gadgets (laptops, smart TVs, printers, and so on). The router establishes a LAN in your home, enabling your systems to share data and devices such as printers. The router oversees all data traffic to and from every device as well as the modem, ensuring that it arrives securely at its destination. A router, on the other hand, does not require to be connected to a modem to work. You may opt to construct a LAN that is not connected to the Internet.

  • Creates a local area network (LAN).
  • It connects your gadgets to the Internet.
  • Assigns IP addresses to computers in the local area.

What are the best routers on the market right now?

Comcast Xfinity xFi

Comcast brought a fresh new gateway router to CES 2022, and it’s something that you’re likely to crave. It’s Comcast’s new Xfinity xFi Advanced Gateway.

All of the latest standards are supported by this new router. Wi-Fi 6E, Zigbee, and even Matter are among the options. This will be an excellent asset to your smart home. 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz Wi-Fi bands will be supported by this Xfinity xFi Advanced Gateway. Providing you with some very amazing Wi-Fi speeds. That implies it’ll function with older devices that can’t handle 6GHz or even 5GHz. Smart home gadgets, for example.

It’s a significant thing for Comcast to have Matter and Zigbee in one router. Matter is a home automation protocol that is being developed by almost every major smart home company. It will make it easier for it to all function in harmony with each ecosystem. As a result, you won’t have to purchase two speakers: one for Google Assistant and the other for Amazon Alexa. Both will function with about the same speaker, along with Apple’s Siri and HomeKit.

MB7420 (Motorola)

The Motorola MB7420 is the finest cable modem for most houses, with speeds that are compatible with most home internet packages. The MB7420 is best for internet plans with a maximum speed of 300 Mbps, which includes a large portion of our family. When evaluators tested the MB7420 at home, they had consistent connection, even with numerous people inside attempting to access the internet at the same time. In reality, many people been using the MB7402 as the primary modem for quite some time now with no issues.

CM500 (Netgear)

Because it’s simple to obtain at most stores, the Netgear CM500 stays one of the finest cable modems today; you can also find it for a bit less than the Motorola MB7420 much of the times, making it a fantastic bargain. It’s an excellent deal if you can locate a new CM500 for $50 or less.

The Netgear CM500 is compatible with the most popular cable providers and offers speeds of up to 300 Mbps, that should be sufficient for the great majority of Internet users.

SB6183 Arris Surfboard

The Arris Surfboard SB6183 was originally our top selection for the finest cable modem, owing to its reliable performance that would please most home broadband users who don’t subscribe for a high-end connection, however this older modem is becoming difficult to come by these days. (As of this writing, Best Buy has the SB6183 in stock.) If you can get the SB6183 at a reasonable price, the two-year guarantee is also a major benefit.

The all-white SB6183 is 5.2 x 5 x 2.1 inches and may be hidden away next to a router, cable box, or any other gear you have on hand. The coaxial-cable connection is a touch too near to the power port for my tastes, but you’ll probably just have to deal with it once you properly set up the internet.

By Jason Thompson

Jason has been passionate about technology since he first got his hands on his Dad's Motorola RAZR. When not re-writing his home, you can find him teaching others how to do the same through numerous training courses.

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