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Modems

Modems are essential pieces of networking equipment that serve as conduits to your internet service provider (ISP), to bring broadband internet to homes and small businesses. ISPs usually offer subscribers these gateway devices once they sign up. You can buy your own modem to avoid the monthly fee that comes with renting the equipment or to get a more robust model that your provider may not offer. Staples® offers a wide selection of these modems from leading networking equipment brands as well as other computer accessories.

Choose Between Cable and DSL Modems
There are two major types of internet modems: cable and DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) boxes. The right one depends on the type of service available where you live. Generally, cable internet is faster than DSL service. Whether you are buying a cable or DSL modem, it is important to get a model that is compatible with your preferred ISP. All cable providers follow the DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) standard. This makes it likely that any cable modem would work with any cable ISP network. However, there are a few exceptions. To help users pick compatible internet modems, most cable providers keep lists of supported models on their websites.

DSL providers use different signal protocols to transmit data. The most popular ones are ADSL (Asymmetric DSL) and VDSL (Very High Data Rate DSL). Some deliver internet connections over faster variants of these protocols like VDSL2, ADSL2, and ADSL2+. Pick a model that is compatible with the standards supported by your ISP to enjoy the fastest connection available for your data plan.

Consider Connection Speed When Comparing Cable Modems
To fully enjoy your cable internet subscription, you need a modem that is faster than the speed offered by your data plan. Cable boxes are available for different DOCSIS generations. A DOCSIS 2.0 model has the same download speed as a DOCSIS 1.1 unit but a much faster upload speed. A DOCSIS 3.1 modem is 10 times faster than a DOCSIS 3.0 box. Units that support DOCSIS 3.0 and above bind multiple data channels to deliver faster speeds. You can estimate the throughput of a cable modem by counting the number of upstream and downstream channels it supports. Each channel delivers a maximum speed of 43Mbps. Therefore, a 4x4 modem has a maximum download and upload speed of 172Mbps. For faster boxes, look for 8x4 and 16x4 configurations.

How Are Modems Different From Routers?
A modem is a bridge between a home or office network and the internet. In addition to a cable or phone jack that accepts incoming connection from an ISP, it has an Ethernet port for connecting to a router. A router is a network hub that takes an incoming internet connection and spreads it among multiple connected devices in your home or office.

Should You Consider Routers With Built-in Modems?
Yes, as long as you do not already have a faster router. Router-modem combos simplify home internet connections by housing two essential networking pieces in a single device. Choosing this hybrid eliminates potential compatibility issues between separate routers and modems. If you opt for this all-in-one solution, make sure to pick a device with a dual or tri-band Wireless-AC router.

Are Bigger Modems Faster?
No. The physical size of a DSL or cable modem has nothing to do with its speed. If more users are joining your home or office network, you may subscribe to a higher data plan, get a faster modem, and/or upgrade your router for better results.
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NETGEAR DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Cable Modem (CM500)
Item : 1622536
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  • DOCSIS 3.0 high speed cable internet modem
  • Speeds up to 680Mbps for fast downloading and Internet access
  • Certified for use with Comcast Xfinity and Time Warner Cable
$69.99
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NETGEAR DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (CM400)
Item : 1247261
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  • Eliminate monthly rental fees and save money over time
  • Up to 340 Mbps download and upload speeds
  • Gigabit Ethernet port for faster access and downloads
$59.99
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NETGEAR Nighthawk WiFi VDSL/ADSL Modem Router (D7000)
Item : 1895947
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  • Extreme WiFi speed—Up to 1.9Gbps
  • Built-in DSL modem is also compatible with VDSL, VDSL2, ADSL, ADSL2, & ADSL2+
  • Fast VDSL2/ADSL2+ modem for fibre broadband
$249.99
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Zoom® Telephonics 3095-00-00G V.92 USB Mini External Modem
Item : IM1T35703
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  • External modem for efficient internet access
  • Features 56 kbps receive/48 kbps send, 300 bps - 33 kbps full-duplex, 300 bps - 14.4 kbps fax speed
  • Measures 0.8"H x 1"W x 2.8"D
$58.19
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NETGEAR AC1750 Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router (C6300)
Item : 822201
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  • Wi-Fi speeds up to 450+1300 Mbps
  • Gigabit wired connections are ideal for HD gaming and video
  • Quick, easy setup for iPad, tablets, smartphones, and computers
$179.99
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NETGEAR N600 DOCSIS 3.0 Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router (C3700-100NAS)
Item : 822202
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  • Eliminate monthly rental fees—Up to $120 per year
  • Works with all major cable internet proviers
  • Optimized for large homes
$109.99
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NETGEAR N300 WiFi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router (C3000)
Item : 822203
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  • Ultra high-performance cable modem with speeds up to 340 Mbpsq
  • 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports provide the fastest wired speeds to your router or computer--ideal for HD gaming and video streaming
  • Advanced QoS optimizes your connection for smooth HD streaming and gaming
$89.99
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Netgear Broadband High-Speed DSL Modem (DM200)
Item : 2232656
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  • Simple and cost-effective connection to high-speed VDSL/ADSL Internet
  • It works with DSL Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon, & CenturyLink (not including AT&T U-verse, and CenturyLink Fibre and Prism)
  • Provides easy setup and installation
$58.99
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ARRIS SURFboard SB6190 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem- White
Item : 2116225
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  • Requires CABLE Internet Service, if not sure your provider is CABLE call them to confirm. Perfect for Comcast Xfinity Internet Blast and Extreme! Approved for Cox Cable Ultimate. PENDING approval for Time Warner Cable, Charter and BrightHouse Networks.
  • Internet speeds up to 1.4 Gbps DOWNLOAD and 262 Mbps UPLOAD based on your Cable ISP subscription.
  • 32 DOWNLOAD & 8 UPLOAD channels to future proof your modem as your Cable ISP enhances service offerings.
$99.99
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D-Link® DSL2740B ADSL2 Plus Modem with Wireless N300 Router
Item : 2110621
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  • ADSL2+ Modem with wireless N 300 router features firewall protection, Quality of Service (QoS), draft 802.11n wireless LAN and 4 Ethernet switch ports
  • Wireless transmission speed: 300 Mbps
  • RJ-11 ADSL, four RJ-45 10/100BASE-TX Ethernet ports with auto MDI/MDIX, Built-in draft 802.11n wireless LAN and WPS button ports included
$99.99
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U.S. Robotics® Courier USR3453C Analog Data/Fax Modem
Item : IM1K28123
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  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Host interface: Serial
  • Fax transmission data rate: 14.4 Kbps
$297.49
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Multi-Tech® MT5656ZDX-V Voice/Data/Fax Desktop Modem
Item : IM1713587
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  • Data speed: V.92/56K download/48K upload when connecting with V.92 servers
  • Compatible: Windows 95/98/Me/XP, Windows NT/2000, SCO OpenServer, Linux & others
  • Form factor: Desktop
$94.29
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Zhone® 6618-W1-NA Wireless Gateway, 4-Port
Item : IM17T6165
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  • RJ11 VDSL2/ADSL2+, 4 x RJ-45, 2 x USB host 2.0
  • Dimensions: 7 1/4"H x 5 1/4"W x 3"D
  • Network standards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
$71.99
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Zhone® 6728-W1-NA Modem/Wireless Router, 2.4GHz
Item : IM1PZ9157
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  • Up to 100Mbps/ IEEE 802.11b/g/n/x/i/u/d/q/p compatible/ 2.4GHz frequency band
  • WEP, WEP2, WPA, WPA2, WPS, AESm security/ 4 x RJ45 10/100 Base TX LAN ports/ 2 x USB host 2.0
  • Supports IEEE 802.11b/g/n WiFi with 2 builtin transmitter and receiver antennae
$100.69
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D-Link® DSL-520B ADSL2+ Ethernet Modem
Item : IM1DP8229
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  • Up to 24Mbps /802.1p/q compatible
  • IPSec, PPTP, L2TP, NAT, CHAP, Stateful Packet Inspection, Denial of Service security
  • Security features prevent unauthorized access of Internet intruders from entering your home network
$53.99
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Multi-Tech® MultiModem® ZPX MT9234ZPX V.92 PCIE Data/Fax World Modem
Item : IM1N91044
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  • Data speed: 56K download/48K upload when connecting with V.92 servers
  • Error correction mode (ECM) provides fast and reliable fax transmissions
  • Form factor: Plug in card
$154.29
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Multi-Tech® MT9234MU-CDC-XR USB Modem
Item : IM1PU7357
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  • LEDs show complete modem status
  • Error correction mode (ECM) provides fast and reliable fax transmissions
  • V.44 compression improves data throughput rates
$133.99
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FreedomPop Spot MiFi 500 LTE Radio Modem (FPMIFI50)
Item : 2111907
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  • Dimensions: 2.4"H x 3.9"W x 0.7"D
  • Connections: Type B USB port for micro USB, used by the AC charger
  • Battery: 3.7 V Lithium ion, Capacity: 1800 mAh, Time required for full charge: 3.5 hrs (when not in use)
$139.99
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Multi-Tech MultiConnect eCell MTE-LAT2 LTE Cat 3 Modem/Wireless Router
Item : IM14D2234
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  • Modem/wireless router allows you to add cellular connectivity to the existing wired assets quick and easily
  • Dimensions: 1.2"H x 2.5"W x 3.2"D
  • Form factor: Desktop
$217.79
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StarTech USB562KEMH 2-Port USB Data/Fax Modem
Item : IM11N1664
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  • USB data/fax modem turns a PC into a fax machine, capable of sending and receiving faxes
  • Offers data transfer rates up to 56 Kbps and 33.6 Kbps, fax transfer rates at 14.4 Kbps
  • Has 2-RJ-11 female and one 4-pin USB A male connectors for good connectivity
$55.59
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Actiontec GT784WN-01 Wireless-N DSL Modem Router, 2.4GHz
Item : IM1KA7513
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  • WPA, WPA2, WPS, Radius, IEEE 802.1x security/ 4 x 10base T/100Base TX - RJ 45 LAN ports
  • Wireless N with MIMO smart antenna technology for blazing fast wireless speeds
  • Form factor: Desktop, color: black
$85.39
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Arris SURFboard SB6183 Cable Modem
Item : 2721877
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  • DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
  • Up to 686 Mbps download and 131 Mbps upload depending on your Cable Internet provider service
  • 16 downstream channels and 4 upstream channels
$79.99
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Actiontec GT784WN-NF Modem/Wireless Router, 2.4GHz
Item : IM1KA7515
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  • WPA, WPA2, WPS, Radius, IEEE 802.1x security/ 4 x 10base T/100Base TX - RJ 45 LAN ports
  • Wireless N with MIMO smart antenna technology for blazing fast wireless speeds
  • Number of antennas: 2
$85.39
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U.S. Robotics® 5637 56K USB Hardware Data/Fax Modem
Item : IM1Q42158
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  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Host interface: USB
  • Modem transmission data rate: 56 Kbps
$62.19
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