The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Sunday, 20 April 2008]

Holy Docsis, Batman!

If your Internet connection isn’t as fast as you’d like, it might be time to upgrade your cable modem.

We’ve been using the same cable modem—a Motorola Surfboard 3100—since 2000, and it seemed like it was starting to go a bit batty in its dotage, requiring reboots every month or so. Time to agonize over spending the money on a new modem. Since, of course, the reboots could be simply due to Cox—”My friend in the digital age”—having problems, a new modem might be $75 wasted. But what the heck, might as well give it a shot.

One Linksys cable modem purchase later, it was time to see if anything had changed.

Here’s the verdict from speedtest.net about the Internet connection with the old modem:

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Not too shabby.

And here’s the result with the new modem:

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Holy Docsis, Batman!

The moral of the story is that if you’re using a Docsis 1.1 cable modem, it might behoove you to get with the program and get a Docsis 2.0 modem…

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