If you use a modem and/or router that was provided by your cable-company, you are probably paying a rental fee each month for the device. It’s an annoying little fee, and one that adds up over time.

While most of us know that buying your modem is the better option, choosing the right modem can be a pain, thanks in large part by the very cable-company that doesn’t want you to buy a modem on your own.

The modem you choose has to be compatible with your ISP provider, there are also certain restrictions based on your internet speed, Since your cable company doesn’t want you to stop paying rental fees, they don’t go out of their way to make buying a modem any easier for you.

The big change was DOCSIS 3.0, you will need that standard of modem if you are pushing top-speeds in your area, and they aren’t hard to find.

Luckily Linksys is about to make buying a modem much easier, and very affordable. The company announced three new cable modems – two available today and another coming later this summer.

Shipping today – these two new high speed cable modems, the CM3008 8X4 and the CM3024 24X8 are DOCSIS 3.0 certified, include Intel Puma chipsets and are compatible with major cable service providers including Charter, Comcast Xfinity, Cox and Time Warner Cable.

The CM30016 is a 16X4 DOCSIS 3.0 certified cable modem and will be available later this summer. The CM3008 is ideal for subscribers that purchase cable broadband plans up to 100 Mbps, the CM3016 is for subscriptions up to 250Mpbs and the CM3024 is for subscriptions over 250Mbps.

“Consumers can save up to $120 a year if they purchase their own cable modem instead of paying monthly rental fees,” said Brian Nickell, cable modem product manager at Linksys. “With rental fees being on average $10 a month, consumers can have our CM3008 paid off in as little as six months and have the latest high performance modem that matches the broadband plan they have subscribed to.”

According to an IDC InfoBrief, sponsored by Linksys, titled Revisiting the Cable Modem, Where the Internet meets the Home, IDC surveyed more than one thousand U.S. participants with an active cable modem subscription to understand the behaviors of cable modem and gateway use in the home.

The research project found that the majority of people want more ways to save money on their cable bill. According to the research two-thirds of people who got their cable modem from the cable company are paying monthly rental fees of about $10 per month. Of those, only one in five purchased their cable modem from a retailer, and three-quarters of them did it to avoid the monthly fee.

There is still a lot of confusion when it comes to modems. Cable broadband service providers are rolling out more premium cable services, and requirements for the hardware and these new services are critical for providing customers the internet speeds they are paying for.

Consumers are not sure what to purchase or if what they have matches the services they are paying for, thus providing slower speeds and frustrating experiences.

The research also found that nearly half of cable broadband subscribers don’t know the speed of their broadband subscription service. Most ISP users can purchase speeds ranging from 25 Mbps all the way up to 1 Gbps, and each of these services requires different modems to support the speed consumers are subscribing to.

The chart below provides an overview of Modems and their features that support an internet service package by speed. If users don’t know which service package they have, they can check out their internet service bill or call their service provider.

Linksys
 Now Available

Linksys
Coming Soon

Linksys
Now available

Service Provider Suggested Speed Tier*

<50 Mbps

<100 Mbps

100-250Mbps

>250 Bps

Cable Modem Bonded Channels

4X4

8X4

16X4

24X8

Availability

Now

Now

Now

Now

DOCSIS

3.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

Max Download Speed

170Mbps

343Mbps

686Mbps

960Mbps

Upload Speed

120Mbps

120Mbps

120Mbps

240Mbps

The new Linksys System (as detailed by the company)

Linksys High Speed Cable Modem, DOCSIS 3.0 8×4 – (CM3008) (US Only)

The Linksys CM3008 DOCSIS 3.0 8X4 Cable Modem delivers high-speed broadband connectivity to your home and office with download speeds up to 343 Mbps and upload speeds up to 120 Mbps†. The Gigabit Ethernet port provides high-speed network performance, while DOCSIS 3.0 support ensures you can connect directly to your existing cable broadband service. The Linksys CM3008 has channel-bonding technology that allows users to get the most out of their existing cable broadband connection. This provides users with stable and high-speed internet connectivity which is ideal for media streaming, online gaming and web browsing. MSRP: $59.99

Linksys High Speed Cable Modem, DOCSIS 3.0 24X8 – CM3016 (US Only)

The Linksys CM3016 DOCSIS 3.0 16X4 Cable Modem delivers high-speed broadband connectivity to your home and office with download speeds up to 686 Mbps and upload speeds up to 120 Mbps†. The Gigabit Ethernet port provides high-speed network performance, while DOCSIS 3.0 support ensures users can connect directly to their existing cable broadband service. The Linksys CM3016 provides a stable, high-speed internet connection for any home. It’s ideal for simultaneous High-Definition (HD) media streaming, online gaming, and web browsing and comes equipped with a variety of features that let users get the most out of their broadband speeds.

Linksys High Speed Cable Modem, DOCSIS 3.0 24X8 – CM3024 (US Only)

The Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3.0 24X8 Cable Modem delivers high-speed broadband connectivity to your home and office with download speeds up to 960 Mbps and upload speeds up to 240 Mbps†. The Gigabit Ethernet port provides high-speed network performance, while DOCSIS 3.0 support ensures users can connect directly to their existing cable broadband service. The Linksys CM3024 provides a stable, high-speed connection for simultaneous 4K media streaming, online gaming, and web browsing. It comes equipped with an Intel® Puma™ 6 chipset and a variety of features that let users get the most out of their broadband speeds. Get to know the Linksys CM3024 MSRP: $129.99

Availability

The Linksys CM3008 and CM3024 are available immediately at Linksys.com and at leading retail and online retailers including Amazon. The CM3008 only will be available at HH Gregg and Walmart and the CM3024 only will be available at OD Max and Fred Meyer for MSRP of $59.99 and $129.99 respectively. The CM3016 is planned for availability later this summer.