Are you looking to seriously future-proof yourself? Well, Gigabit Internet might not cut it anymore. Instead, you should probably think of multi-gig, and Netgear has you covered.
Netgear 2.5 Gbps Cable Modems that cover all the bases
The networking vendor today announced its first multi-gig cable modem, the Nighthawk 2.5Gbps Internet Speed Cable Modem (model CM2000).
The new modem is just that. It's a modem. What makes it different from most others is its 2.5 Gbps LAN port and the support for DOCSIS 3.1. As a result, it's capable of delivering up to 2.5 Gbps broadband speed from the provider to your home.
To make use of this incoming ultra-fast speed, you'll need a multi-gig router, too. And fortunately, there are many options on this front, including the RAX120, RAX200, or the Orbi AX6000, from Netgear.
And there are even more. Most Wi-Fi 6 routers on this current best list have at least one multi-gig network port that can work either as a WAN or a LAN port.
Netgear says the new Nighthawk CM2000 Cable Modem will work right out of the box with popular cable providers, including Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum, Cox, and others.
For those needing a modem that can also do landline phones, Netgear has that in mind, too. The company also makes a variant called Nighthawk 2.5Gbps Internet Speed Cable Telephony Modem (model CM2050V). The CM2050V includes two telephone ports.
Needless to say, though, neither of these modems automatically gives you multi-gig Internet. That depends on the availability and your ability to afford one. But in the meantime, both are backward compatible and can handle a cable broadband connection of any speed grade.
Availability and pricing
Note, though, that you will have to use one for quite a while to get your saving back. That's because these modems are quite pricey, costing $250 and $300 each, respectively. But that's a small price to pay to part of the future.