Linksys by Cisco Cable Modem
For years, I refused to rent a modem from Comcast and had purchased my own modems. I even recommended them to family members and friends. I had read from various sources that Motorola made the best cable modems so I always stuck with them. However, the Cisco-Linksys CM100 recently began to get very favorable reviews from techies and non-techies alike. I made the leap to my first non-Motorola cable modem and I’m so very glad I did.
- Excellent value
- Small form factor
- Doesn’t run overly hot
- Easy installation
Upon opening the box, I was quite surprised at just how small this little guy was. Installing it was a breeze. The rear of the modem is clearly labeled and color-coded. After attaching the power cable, Ethernet cable, and coax, I gave Comcast a call to provide the MAC address of the modem and I was soon in business.
It has been 3 months straight now and throughput has been great and I have had no service interruptions as a result of the modem. It doesn’t run as hot as some modems so you can get away with stacking these on top of a wireless router. However, if your router runs hot, I don’t recommend you stack the modem on it as the heat from the router might damage the CM100 over time.
The only feature that this modem doesn’t have that I miss from Motorola modems is the physical “Standby” button that halted all activity. Aside from that however, I don’t miss the Motorola one bit. It’s practically half the price, is smaller, more attractive and just as reliable. For a DOSCSIS 2.0 modem, there really is no need to get anything else. The Cisco-Linksys CM100, IS your best choice for performance and value. I’ve already begun recommending the CM100 to my friends and family.