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What other hardware do I need to connect a Cable Modem ?

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Depending on the model/brand, cable modems normally have a 10Mbit/s Ethernet and/or USB connections.

Generally, Ethernet is more reliable than USB however it might require a Network Card installed in your PC, if it does not already have one built-in.


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by anonymous - 2008-10-07 00:30
Most cable modems on the market now actually use a 10/100 ethernet port, as many ISP's offer downloads that exceed the 10mbps. Some models have a section in the internal status page that will show you what you are connected at.
Many older routers may say 10/100 which may be true for the LAN side ports, but the 'uplink' or 'wan' port will still be just 10mbps, so if you're paying for speed > 10mpbs make sure your router handles it.

The usb connection speed is a limit of usb technology, not the modem itself.
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