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Windows 7: Purchasing Cable Modem Questions

3 Weeks Ago   #1
miketurn1234

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Purchasing Cable Modem Questions

What I am not understanding are the specs that come with cable modems.
Lets say you have a cable service that equals 50 Mbps and you are only going to have one person using it.
Lets also say you wanted to buy a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem to get the most out of this service.

If you have the option between two cable modems with the following specs will one out perform the other?
343 Mbps Downstream x Upstream Channels 8 x 4
686 Mbps Downstream x Upstream Channels 16 x 4

What I don't get is that if cable internet packages are not coming even close to the capabilities that are offered by modems, then why do more and more powerful modems continue to be offered?
Do modems that offer higher Mbps ratings download faster?
Also I would imagine the greater speeds are due to the down and upstream channels, which if the higher Mbps does not matter than I would guess that the channels don't matter.
I see a modem online right now that has 1.4 Gbps! 32 x 8 what is the point of this?

If there are more specs to be concerned about please let me know, but hopefully what I am asking makes some sense to someone.

One more question
When you calculate Mbps to MB/s, do cable services / websites really allow for these types of speeds?
For example...
50 Mbps = about 6 MB/s
100 Mbps = 12.5 MB/s
If you have only one person / device connected to this service, are you really going to get these types of speeds?
Do websites allow you to download at 12.5 MB/s?

Anyways, thank you to anyone who reads this and can provide some information.
I know much of this information is online, but I just am looking for a simple little discussion about exactly what I am asking.
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