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Users Can Now Buy Comcast DOCSIS 3.0 Modems
A number of retailers (including Fry's) start to offer them...
by Karl Bode 01:11PM Monday Mar 23 2009 Tipped by caco See Profile
If you're in a Comcast market that's fortunate enough to have been upgraded to DOCSIS 3.0, you can get the faster $62.95 "Ultra" (22Mbps/5Mbps) and $139.95 "Extreme 50" (50Mbps/10Mbps) tiers -- but only if you get a new DOCSIS 3.0 modem. Up until now, users in upgraded Comcast markets were only able to rent the new Motorola modems from Comcast. According to a company employee, these modems are now available at retail to own. A quick look at the Fry's Electronics website confirms the modem is available for $99 after a $20 rebate. According to the employee, retailers will allow customers to purchase a DOCSIS 3.0 modem and sign-up for the new plans in-store. DOCSIS 3.0 devices can be used in both pre-D3 and D3 markets, though obviously the former won't see the faster speeds yet. Comcast has promised to have 65% of their markets upgraded by the end of this year, and 100% upgraded by the end of 2010.


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Re: bought my SB5120

said by dadkins:

They(SB5100s) just keep right on working, huh?
Yup - dang workhorses....you bet


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They(SB5100s) just keep right on working, huh?



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said by neufuse:

I bought my SB5120 when it was on sale for $25... so it paid for itself in 8 months, and we've had it for oh what 3 years now? so in the end I saved on it, and I've NEVER had a cable modem break... if its line is bonded correctly (grounded) and used in proper conditions it should last a while... maybe when these modes are about $60 i'll buy one, until then I'll rent the SB6120
Ditto on my SB4200 (replaced after 5 years with SB5100)..going strong on 4 more years.
They pay for themselves.

Never any issues other than getting firmware pushes.

Count me in as a happy owner of my own modem.
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Re: Comcast greed

said by ztmike:

Or the fact that Comcast caps the Docsis 3 speed tiers at 250GB/month (no different than the non D3 tiers) so even if D3 tiers were available, it would be a waste of money.

Some argue that because you have a faster speed tier, doesn't mean you will download more..I say you do.

The fact that you have faster speeds you would be downloading more because well..your not waiting forever to download that one item anymore, so you can go on to your next download.

Or the fact that people would be uploading more, and at a faster rate.

/End rant
I would hate to see if you were a TW customer with a 40GB cap.