No, this latest Netgear cable modem is not bad — far from it, if not the opposite. But if you have a Gigabit Internet (or slower), you won’t see any difference. That is unless you want to stay future-proof. And for that purpose, you will feel that the CM2000 is an excellent choice.
For everyone with a sub-Gigabit connection, though, the CM600 is still a much better buy, considering the CM2000’s current hefty price tag of close to $300.
Dong’s note: I tested the Netgear CM2000 with Comcast. While the modem works with almost all cable Internet providers, the experience expressed here is that of an Xfinity subscribe.
Netgear Nighthawk Multi-Gig Cable Modem CM2000's Rating
Fast and reliable performance, up to 2.5Gbps of broadband speed
Supported by multiple cable providers
Relatively compact with clear status light
Comprehensive web interface
Single LAN port, no WAN Link Aggregation
Netgear CM2000 cable modem: A faster DOCSIS 3.1 version of the CM600
Like the CM600, the new CM2000 is a typical cable modem. It comes with a service connector and a single network port on the back.
This is a 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig port, and on the inside, the Netgear CM2000 features the latest DOCSIS 31. All that makes a big difference in specs: This modem can deliver up to 2.5Gbps broadband speeds.
Like all DOCSIS 3.1 modems, the CM2000 can also work as a top-notch DOCSIS 3.0 device. So, if money is not an issue, you can use it in virtually any place a cable modem is used.
Netgear CM2000 cable modem: Hardware specifications
|Name||Netgear CM2000 Nighthawk |
Multi-Gig Cable Modem
|Top WAN speed||2.5Gbps|
|Ports||1x 2.5Gbps/1Gbps LAN, 1x Coax|
|Top Internet Speed||2.5Gbps|
|WAN Link Aggregation||No|
|ISP supported||Comcast Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, |
Charter, Cox, Cablevision, and others.
|Dimensions||6.8 x 3.7 x 8.2 in |
(172 x 94 x 208 mm)
While the modem can handle up to 2.5Gbps, keep in mind that you need a router with a Multi-Gig WAN port before thinking of having a super-fast Internet. After that, the high-speed plan needs to be available at your provider, and, most importantly, you can afford it.
Convenient web interface, standard setup process
The Netgear CM2000 comes with a local web interface that you can reach vis its default IP, 192.168.100.1. An interface is a handy tool if you want to check on the status of your WAN connection. You won’t need to use it for the setup process, however.
To use the modem, you need to activate it with the Internet service provider. For that, you can follow this detailed post. But basically, connect it to your service line and then work with your provider, either via a web browser or a phone call, to have it added to your account.
I had no issue getting the Netgear CM2000 activated on my Xfinity plan at all. The whole process took me no more than 10 minutes.
Netgear CM2000 cable modem: Extra detail photos
Netgear CM2000 cable modem: Excellent performance
There’s one important thing about upgrading a cable modem: You only do that when you pay for the speed that’s faster than what the current one can handle.
Well, that wasn’t my case. I tested the Netgear CM2000 with the same Xfinity plan of 600Mbps download and 15Mbps upload. And like the case of the CM600, the CM2000 delivered a slightly faster speed of around 700Mbps for download. So there was nothing new.
What was also the same is the reliability. Before publishing this review, I had used the new modem for more than two weeks. And during this time, I ran into no issue at all.
While two weeks weren’t really long for a modem, it was enough to note that the Netgear was reliable. You can count on it.
Clearly, due to my cable plan constraint, I couldn’t experience faster speeds with the modem — I wasn’t sure it could truly deliver 2.5Gbps broadband.
But it’s my personal take that if your provider has that option, there’s no reason why it can’t. I tested it out with a few Multi-Gig devices and was indeed able to connect to it at 2.5Gbps.
Unless you have broken the Gigabit barrier, there’s no need to get the Netgear CM2000 Nighthawk Multi-Gig Cable Modem. But if you’re thinking of upgrading your cable connection to Multi-Gig, it can be a sensible purchase right now.
One thing is for sure, no matter what cable broadband plan you have, this modem will work out. It’s just a matter of justifying the cost, which you might get back over time from not having to pay for the equipment rental fee.
But, still, in most cases, I’d also recommend checking out its old cousin, the CM600, which is excellent for a sub-Gigabit connection.