Looking for a way to cut the cable cost without cutting the cable? Why not purchase your own modem/router combo from Netgear? Two new models were released on Wednesday: the N600 Dual-Band WiFi Cable Modem Router (C3700 (opens in new tab)) and the N300 WiFi Cable Modem Router (C3000 (opens in new tab)). Both are available to purchase now.
Basically, Netgear has crammed a Wireless N router together with a high-speed 8x4 CableLabs-certified DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem. Not only does this solution save space and reduce the overall monthly cost, it also should be easier to manage a local network, aka one less device to reboot.
According to Netgear, DOCSIS 3.0 is the next generation of Data Over Cable Services Interface Specification (DOCSIS), an international standard that enables cable operators to deliver significantly faster data speeds to the consumer's home. A DOCSIS 3.0 8x4 cable modem offers download speeds up to 340 Mbps.
"Both of the two new cable modems support eight download and four upload channels simultaneously, which is ideal for HD video streaming, fast downloads, and high-speed online gaming," reads the company's press release.
As for the router aspect, the N300 appears to be only single band, providing speeds up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band. However, the N600 is dual band, but only offers up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. While the latter number may seem slow in a Wireless AC world, the 5 GHz band typically provides a less crowded wireless highway, meaning smoother streaming video and so on.
Both routers launched on Wednesday support Netgear's genie software app for PC, Mac, iOS and Android. The modems also provide a MyMedia feature for finding and playing media files on the network. There's even easy-to-set-up parental controls, and a USB port for sharing a USB stick or external hard drive. All Ethernet ports support wired gigabit speeds.
Netgear's modems and cable modem routers are CableLabs Certified and compatible with most major U.S. cable Internet providers, such as Cablevision, Charter, Cox, Time Warner Cable, XFINITY/Comcast and others.
The N600 Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router (C3700) is available now and retails for $129.99 USD. The N300 Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router (C3000) is also available now and retails for $99.99 USD.