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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 24x8 Cable Modem - CM600
Item : 2103624
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  • Includes: High Speed Cable Modem- DOCSIS 3.0 (CM600); Ethernet Cable; Quick Install Guide; Power Adapter
  • Provides a connect to high- speed cable internet.
  • 24 downstream channels
99.99 $99.99
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ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 Cable Modem 343 Mbps
Item : 61872
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  • Download speeds up to 8x as fast as an older cable modem
  • Enhanced security with AES traffic encryption
  • User-friendly online diagnostics
55.79 $55.79
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Arris SURFboard SB6183 Refurbished Cable Modem
Item : 2719381
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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
49.99 $49.99
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ARRIS SURFboard SBG6700AC Cable Modem with AC1600 WiFi Router
Item : 1748644
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  • Requires CABLE Internet Service, if not sure your provider is CABLE call them to confirm
  • Compatible with ALL Major CABLE providers like Comcast/Xfinity, Cox, Charter, Time Warner, Mediacom, Bright House. (NOT compatible with Verizon FiOS or AT&T U-verse)
  • Internet speeds based on your Cable providers service - up to 343 Mbps download and 131 Mbps upload
116.79 $116.79
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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 $69.99
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Arris TM822R DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
Item : 2721876
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  • DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
  • Download speeds up to 343 Mbps
  • 8 download and 4 upload channels with 2 carrier-grade Voice over IP (VoIP) lines
139.99 $139.99
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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 $179.99
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ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 Cable Modem 686 Mbps
Item : 1748632
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  • Wired cable modem
  • Has speeds of up to 686 Mbps in download and 131 Mbps in upload
  • Has a Gigabit Ethernet port for connectivity with a computer or router
76.69 $76.69
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NETGEAR DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem - CM1000
Item : 2580019
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  • ELIMINATE MONTHLY CABLE MODEM RENTAL FEES: Approximately $120/year savings
  • DOCSIS 3.1 is 10X faster than DOCSIS 3.0: great for streaming HD videos, faster downloads, and high-speed online gaming
  • Industry's first Cable Labs DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem: Certified for XFINITY by Comcast. Fast self-activation for XFINITY customers; get connected without a service call. Not certified for Charter and Time Warner Cable Networks
179.99 $179.99
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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
55.99 $55.99
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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 $89.99
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NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Cable Modem Router (C7000)
Item : 1895946
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  • Fastest cable modem router available with AC1900 WiFi – speeds up to 1.9 Gbps
  • Powerful 1.6GHz combined processor boosts performance for streaming and gaming
  • Two-in-One—Cable Modem and WiFi Router combo
199.99 $199.99 229.99 $229.99
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ARRIS SURFboard SBG6580 Cable Modem with Dual Band N300 2.4Ghz + N300 5Ghz WiFi Router
Item : 927430
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  • Up to 8x faster than a DOCSIS 2.0 modem
  • Plug-and-play installation
  • Wi-Fi Pairing button for easy WPS wireless connections
92.99 $92.99
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NETGEAR AC1200 WiFi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router- (C6220)
Item : 2637983
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  • Up to 340 Mbps download and upload speed for streaming videos, faster downloads, and high-speed online gaming.
  • Compatible with U.S. cable Internet providers like XFINITY from Comcast & more.
  • Fast self-activation for XFINITY customers. Get connected without a service call.
129.99 $129.99
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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 $59.99
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NETGEAR AC1600 WiFi High-Speed DSL Dual Band Modem Router -(D6400)
Item : 2637982
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  • 300+1300 Mbps WiFi speed
  • Fast VDSL modem for fiber broadband
  • VDSL/ADSL Auto Detection for Universal DSL Support
199.99 $199.99
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ARRIS SURFboard SBG6900-AC Cable Modem with AC1900 WiFi Router
Item : 2112552
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  • Requires CABLE Internet Service, if not sure your provider is CABLE call them to confirm.
  • Perfect for Comcast Xfinity Internet Extreme! TWC MAXX approval in process, stay tuned
  • Internet DOWNLOAD speeds up to 686 Mbps and UPLOAD speeds up to 131 Mbps based on your Cable Internet provider service subscription.
169.99 $169.99
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Arris SURFboard SBG6900-AC Refurbished Modem Router
Item : 2719383
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  • Download speeds up to 686 Mbps and Wi-Fi speeds up to 1900 Mbps
  • 16 download and 4 upload channels
  • Wi-Fi beamforming provides max coverage and performance with a 2.4/5.0 GHz dual-band concurrent
99.99 $99.99
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Actiontec® FLTR4DSL02 ADSL Filter for DSL Service and Modems, White
Item : IM1PN6027
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  • ADSL filter helps in filtering noise and interference & clearing out your phone lines
  • Comes in white color
  • Compatible with DSL service and modems
19.29 $19.29
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NETGEAR AC1600 Wi-Fi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router
Item : 2428174
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  • Access: Wireless, Ports: Two 10/100/1000 LAN Gigabit Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology, one USB 2.0 port
  • Has 1.4 GHz combined internal processor for reliable performance
  • Dimensions: 7.79"H x 7.68"W x 2.52"D
149.99 $149.99
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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 $249.99
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Linksys DOCSIS 3.0 24x8 Cable Modem - CM3024
Item : 2259021
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  • Compatible with all major cable providers. Eliminate monthly modem rental fees with Comcast Xfinity, Time Warner, Cox and Charter.
  • Easy plug and play setup
  • Features high performance Intel Puma 6 chipset
119.99 $119.99
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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 $85.39
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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 $109.99
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