How to Tell if Your Cable Modem is Up to Date

October 7, 2020

Like most of us who are renting a cable modem from our Service Providers, we are not entirely sure just how old our rental equipment is.  Let’s face it, we take what’s given by our ISP and sometimes that means older equipment.  Most people, ignore their cable modems, only paying attention when they start to flake out or under-perform. 

Here are some things you can check to make sure you have the latest in cable modem or cable modem/router technology:

  • Ask yourself “How many years have I had this cable modem?” If it’s more than 3 years, its likely outdated.
  • It supports DOCSIS 3.1 and/or DOCSIS 3.1 & Wi-Fi 6
  • It supports Gigabit Speeds (see DOCSIS 3.1 reference above)
  • Have you upgraded your speed plans but not your modem? Make sure your modem matches your broadband service.

Technology changes quickly, and with cable modems, they are at the center of your Internet connection, so they need to have the latest technology.  Cable modems come in a variety of capabilities, so make sure you have the right one to match your needs and speeds.