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Comcast Upgrade Requires New Modem

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76
Location
Knoxville TN
#1
I was informed by Comcast the other day via a letter that they would be sending me a new modem to replace my older one. I called them and told them I didn't have one of their modems-had my own. They said they would cancel the order in that case. I had to ask a few more questions as in all the years I've used them I never got such a letter.

It seems they're updating to some new system that requires a DOCSIS 2.0 or higher in order to operate. I didn't know what they were talking about but discovered my Toshiba PCX 2200 was not on the good guy list-it was a 1.1 or 1.0-something to that affect.

At any rate, my question is what should I go buy-a modem that's compatible with Comcast, will accept my Linksys Router and one that's DOCSIS 2.0-3.0? If so, what brands and model numbers? I plead ignorance on this as I never heard of DOCSIS until today. Comcasts' change goes in effect next month and without a new modem, from what I understood, I won't be able to get a signal...
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 435MT
    CPU
    2.67 gigahertz Intel Core i7 920
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0R849J A00
    Memory
    6G
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 3650
    Monitor(s) Displays
    DELL SP2009W
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG HD642JJ
    640G
    Internet Speed
    10Mbps
Messages
76
Location
Knoxville TN
#3
The modeum is a Toshiba PCX 2200 and the router is Linksys BEFSR41. they've both served well for five years until Comcast changing things. Now it seems both may need to be replaced.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 435MT
    CPU
    2.67 gigahertz Intel Core i7 920
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0R849J A00
    Memory
    6G
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 3650
    Monitor(s) Displays
    DELL SP2009W
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG HD642JJ
    640G
    Internet Speed
    10Mbps
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124
#4
Your decision obviously will be a personal one. A couple of things, your current lan modem connection is currently at 10base-T, which means your internet speeds are only at that speed. Your current modem is at the old standard DOCISS 1.1. The new modem will be capable of much faster speeds. Do you have to pay for the modem they are sending you? If you have to pay for it, you you may want to shop around for a modem that is compliant but may be cheaper.
 

My Computer

Messages
76
Location
Knoxville TN
#5
Since I never had a Comcast modem to begin with, yep-I'd have to pay $5/mo for it according to what they told me. I have a modem in mind( Linksys CM-100) that is 2.0 compliant it's just that I don't know if my current router will work well with it or the new Comcast upgrade. that's where I'm sort of stuck as I don't know about that.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 435MT
    CPU
    2.67 gigahertz Intel Core i7 920
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0R849J A00
    Memory
    6G
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 3650
    Monitor(s) Displays
    DELL SP2009W
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG HD642JJ
    640G
    Internet Speed
    10Mbps

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