Is it Time to Upgrade My Cable Modem? What you should know about DOCSIS.

DOCSIS is a telecommunications standard that allows cable TV networks to carry high-speed DOCSISBlogImage_24Nov2014Internet broadband services. In other words, it’s one of main the reasons you can get Internet from your cable provider.

Each cable modem has DOCSIS built in that allows it to deliver Internet service to your home. Since its inception, DOCSIS has gone through a few upgrades, getting faster and faster.

Although some may still have a DOCSIS 2.0 modem, today’s current standard is DOCSIS 3.0, and DOCSIS 3.1 is on the way.DOCSIS 3.0 represents a significant jump in upload and download speeds, which are important today with the increasing amount of data we consume across all of our devices and screens.

So what does that mean for you and your cable modem? Some cable providers require DOCSIS 3.0 for higher-speed tiers. And if you share, upload or download a lot of videos or if you are connecting several devices on the same network—like TVs, smartphones, tablets, and wearables—you may already need that kind of speed. And if you received some gifts during the holidays that pull you into the realm of multiplayer gaming or 4K TV, getting a DOCSIS 3.0 modem may be a good investment for your home network.

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