Cable Modem Router Combos

Cable internet service provides a broadband internet connection that delivers blazing speeds and substantial bandwidth. Cable modems are the devices that interface with that service and serve as an on-ramp. Wired and wireless routers give many devices in homes and businesses access to that on-ramp, and a combo provides everything needed in a consolidated package.

What is a cable modem?

A modem is a network bridge that provides bidirectional communication between a client and a server. In this case, the client is your computer, and the server is your ISP. A cable modem provides this communication over radio frequency over glass or RFoG and hybrid fiber-coaxial or HFC technologies. These modems also support standards like DOCSIS, which set forth how data is sent and received over these cable networks.

What is a router?

Routers are networking devices that manage traffic between networks. Think of your home computers and devices as well as the websites and online services you access as destinations. Think of your router as the postal service that handles all incoming and ongoing mail and ensures that it gets to the proper destination. Your router shares a single point of access to your cable service among many devices, including:

  • Desktop PCs
  • Laptops
  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Smart TVs

What is a cable modem router combo?

Cable modem routers combine router and modem technologies into a single box. These hybrid devices became popularized by broadband ISPs as a convenient way to provide their customers with the hardware needed to enjoy their internet services.

Can a modem router combo be wireless?

Yes. As with any stand-alone router, a combo can be wired, wireless, or both. In fact, combos which support both are prevalent. Many products are wireless routers that feature an Ethernet hub so that you can attach wired connections to Gigabit Ethernet ports.

What is meant by dual band and WPS?

If you choose a Wi-Fi router and cable modem, dual band indicates that the Wi-Fi component operates on both the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies. Not all devices support 5 GHz, but the frequency is less prone to interferences and can provide a better connection for devices that do.

WPS stands for Wi-Fi Protected Setup. It provides a simplified means of establishing your network and connecting it to the internet, and it’s usually accessed via a button at the top of the device.

What cable modem is necessary for a particular internet service?

Many cable modems and cable modem routers indicate which broadband services are supported and vice versa. Otherwise, you’ll have to choose a modem and router based on the characteristics of the service. Ensure that your cable modem:

  • Supports the appropriate DOCSIS and other standards
  • Can handle the speeds and throughput your ISP offers
  • Features the appropriate Ethernet connections and Wi-Fi support