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I recently went shopping for a cable modem. I noticed there was the basic (~$50) model and the more expensive (~$100) model.

The more expensive model said it could demodulate up to many 100s of mbit/sec off the cable and was able to handle gigabit ethernet to the house. The more basic model could do up 34 mbps off the cable, and had 100 mbps ethernet to the home. Since I'm skeptical if and when the faster speeds would ever be offered by my provider, and skeptical as to whether the infrastructure going to my home could handle those speeds, I went with the basic model.

Is there any reason to purchase the more expensive models? Are they going to be better in any other way then the ways listed above? Is there any reasonable expectation that the average consumer cable companies will be supporting higher speeds that justify the more expensive modem any time soon?

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closed as not constructive by Xavierjazz, MaQleod, Sathya Jul 2 '12 at 16:55

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why is this not constructive? Isn't it valuable information for the average consumer of cable internet? –  Doug T. Jul 2 '12 at 16:18
First of all, what is your internet speed? It's more than 34mbps? Do you using local file sharing? –  Nam Phung Jul 2 '12 at 16:19
@NamPhung I know my internet speed isn't more than 34mbps or I definitely would have bought the faster modem. I don't do any local file sharing. –  Doug T. Jul 2 '12 at 16:20
This question is also same as the HDMI cable question, the only reason you should go for the expensive one is if you connect from a very long distance (8meters for HDMI and more 10Meter for LAN) but I prefer the cheap one any way. –  Nam Phung Jul 2 '12 at 16:24
Without a full feature list/spec list to compare the two models, it is hard to say if there would be any other advantages/disadvantages. It is possible the more expensive model has a feature someone really needs, or maybe it does something worse than the basic model and the basic model would be better for them. This is a very general question with no real specifics about the hardware or the situation to compare them for. That is why it is not constructive. A better question would list the model number and features/specs of both and a specific set of criteria to determine which is more suitable –  MaQleod Jul 2 '12 at 16:50

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