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.
Multi-gig 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 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 in-coming 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 popular cable providers, including Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum, Cox, and others.
For those needing a modem that can also do landline phone, 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 grades.
Availability and pricing
Both the CM2000 and CM2050V multi-gig cable modems are available now, ready for you to replace your provider-supplied equipment and shed that nasty $15 or so monthly rental free.
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.