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    So, I recently moved from DirectTV to Comcast Xfinity. I already had Comcast internet at 25 mpbs, but they threw in 50 mbps to my new bundle. I didn't really want it till I realized the bundle doesn't have an HD cable box or DVR. Once I realized that I can stream HD TV from Comcast's website, I realized I didn't need the DVR or HD box anymore... BUT.... I know for an absolute fact that if I start streaming HD tv from Comcast's website on my 25mbps speed, and my wife is trying to get on Facebook... the absolute FIRST THING I WILL HEAR is "WHY ISN'T THIS LOADING?! RAGE RAGE!"

    So... now I need info. I haven't messed with anything beyond 25 mbps. I need to know what modem I need to achieve this. I'm hoping to spend as little as possible but I realize most modems are like 60 bucks.

    I also need to know if my router will cause a problem with this as well, but we'll get to that after I figure out how much the modem is going to be.

    Thanks.

    Mom
    Games lubricate the body and the mind. - Benjamin Franklin
    Ever since the beginning, to keep the world spinning, it takes all kinds of kinds. -Miranda Lambert

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  • #2
    Re: 50 mbps

    DOCSIS - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    This article describes the throughput that should be available with the different versions of the DOCSIS standards. If you want to hit the 50Mb/s the documentation states you need a DOCSIS 3.0 modem at least. As far as the specific modem to get that is really your call. I got a motorolla sb6121 because it had good reviews and was bundled with the wireless router I decided to buy. My service is 25/5 and the modem delivers it.

    In addition with the service above I regularly watch streaming content from a number of providers(not comcast) and notice no significant slowdown. Since your upgrade was free that is great, but you may find that something else on your network is the culprit.
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    • #3
      Re: 50 mbps

      Yeah. I've done networking in a corp environment (lololol run this cable to that port, install this switch, OSD/Ghost these 200 PCs), but never really messed with networking at home to maximize bandwidth. Pay for 25, get 10, good to go... cuz my ping is 40 and I don't need 15. But now with my entire TV setup relying on my network, I need to make sure I have enough to feed all the things within the network. I thought DOCSIS was the standard, but it's been so long since I've really messed with understanding networking in depth that I can't remember anything outside of making cat5/6 and plugging it in.

      I'm assuming my router has to be 3.0 too, right?

      Ty for input. I'll see what I can do.

      Mom
      Games lubricate the body and the mind. - Benjamin Franklin
      Ever since the beginning, to keep the world spinning, it takes all kinds of kinds. -Miranda Lambert

      You're a 34, Mom. Thirty. Four.
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      • #4
        Re: 50 mbps

        DOCSIS should only be relative to devices that incorporate a cable modem as far as I know. Your router needs to be able to process 50Mb/s. If it is ancient or you are doing some intensive stuff on it(VPN) it may not be able to handle that amount of data at the same time. Most probably though it shouldn't be an issue unless it is already an issue.
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        • #5
          Re: 50 mbps

          Out of curiosity, why are you wanting to buy your own cable modem?

          My family has the 2nd highest tier of internet service from Xfinity and we lease their modem/wi-fi router for ~$8/mo.

          With the leased modem we get the following speeds:



          With our 'Triple Play Bundle', our internet service comes out to around $50/mo and is plenty fast enough to handle me playing Planetside 2, with other family members streaming Netflix.

          Also, if the leased modem becomes non-functional, I just drive to the Xfinity office and get a new one. At no additional cost.

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          • #6
            Re: 50 mbps

            I've had Comcast internet for a little over 3 years.

            At $8/mo, you're going to pay off your own cable modem in 8 months, roughly, depending on which you buy. Average cost is like $60.

            If I had leased my cable modem for the last 3 years as opposed to owning the one I do, I'd have payed roughly an extra $300 more. Financially, it's more feasible to own a modem than it is to rent one. That said, $300 over the course of 3 years isn't much, but that's an extra $100 for Xmas or gas or groceries for the year. It adds up quickly, imho. Then again, I've got a family of 5... 3 of which are under the age of 4.. so they get costly fast, too.

            Mom
            Games lubricate the body and the mind. - Benjamin Franklin
            Ever since the beginning, to keep the world spinning, it takes all kinds of kinds. -Miranda Lambert

            You're a 34, Mom. Thirty. Four.
            Forever Perplexed

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            • #7
              Re: 50 mbps

              Get a decent router with QoS and advanced routing features (which should be most routers nowadays). That way you can limit your down and up rates for your own connection to your router so you don't suck up all the available bandwidth streaming.

              With that said, is there a reason you're still on cable bundles? If you aren't crazy about losing sports and such, there are better options like Netflix.

              Leasing = pay more.
              Owning = pay less.

              I've been with Comcast for almost 2 years now. They were going to charge me approximately $12 a month for renting a modem. I paid $90 for my modem and that cost was saved within a single year.
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              • #8
                Re: 50 mbps

                We have Netflix.

                I'm addicted to several shows... Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Strain, Defiance... lol. I like to keep up with those shows. We also watch a lot of cartoons for the kids and stuff while the PC is tied up with our business and my job. Lots of reasons to have a DVR sitting on the entertainment center.

                Mom
                Games lubricate the body and the mind. - Benjamin Franklin
                Ever since the beginning, to keep the world spinning, it takes all kinds of kinds. -Miranda Lambert

                You're a 34, Mom. Thirty. Four.
                Forever Perplexed

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                • #9
                  Re: 50 mbps

                  Originally posted by YerMom View Post
                  We have Netflix.

                  I'm addicted to several shows... Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Strain, Defiance... lol. I like to keep up with those shows. We also watch a lot of cartoons for the kids and stuff while the PC is tied up with our business and my job. Lots of reasons to have a DVR sitting on the entertainment center.

                  Mom
                  Or get Chromecast ($35 right now on Amazon), hook it up to you TV, log into your Netflix account, use a secondary profile set to "Kids" for age group (so they aren't watching porn when you're not looking), and let you kids enjoy the cartoons and whatnot.

                  There money saved.
                  |TG-18th| Acreo Aeneas
                  TG World of Tanks Clan Executive Officer
                  Former 9th & 13th

                  Pronounciation: Eh-Cree-Oh Ah-Nay-Ess
                  Still can't say it? Call me Acorn then. -.-





                  SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

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                  • #10
                    Re: 50 mbps

                    We already let the kids watch Netflix and have their "account" etc... my main desktop is hooked up to my 42 inch TV.

                    But that doesn't help me with current shows. So, as it stands... if I want to watch this season of The Strain, I either have to get Comcast, watch it on sketchy websites that are full of infections, or get a Comcast/DirectTV/Dish account and watch it that way. Or... wait a year for Netflix...

                    Mom
                    Games lubricate the body and the mind. - Benjamin Franklin
                    Ever since the beginning, to keep the world spinning, it takes all kinds of kinds. -Miranda Lambert

                    You're a 34, Mom. Thirty. Four.
                    Forever Perplexed

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                    • #11
                      Re: 50 mbps

                      Or you could download it *cough cough*. Alternatively, there is Popcorn Time which does the same thing without storing a permanent copy of your computer (purely streaming).
                      |TG-18th| Acreo Aeneas
                      TG World of Tanks Clan Executive Officer
                      Former 9th & 13th

                      Pronounciation: Eh-Cree-Oh Ah-Nay-Ess
                      Still can't say it? Call me Acorn then. -.-





                      SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

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