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Suck my DOCSIS.

March 29th, 2010

So, are you on cable internet?

What DOCSIS version is your modem?

The answer to that probably lies in how long you’ve had it. If it’s been more than a few years, your modem is probably DOCSIS version 2.0. Currently, most if not all of cable providers are moving to DOCSIS 3.0.

What is DOCSIS? It stands for “Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification.” It’s essentially the standard used for how data moves across cable television systems. The reason it matters is that the newer iterations of DOCSIS allow for faster data transmission.

It’s quite likely that if you’re using a DOCSIS 2.0 modem, even if you have a lower tier internet service package, it’s still not transmitting as fast as it can. Some people have reported that just moving from a DOCSIS 2.0 modem to a 3.0 unit has increased their speed, without costing them anything.

What it all boils down to is this: if you’re renting a modem from the cable company, go down and switch out your old DOCSIS 2.0 unit for a 3.0 one. It won’t cost you anything (didn’t cost me a dime), but it will improve your internet speed and quality.

And you can use the improved speed to watch my show. HIYOOOOO!

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