It seems that most cable modems on the market today are DOCSIS 3.0 (ex).
However, "recently" (2013), DOCSIS 3.1 was announced.
I'm assuming (perhaps incorrectly) that as of now, finding DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem is either hard, or more expensive, given most of the popular ones seem to be 3.0. As such, the question arises as to whether 3.0 is "good enough" or should I bother with wanting 3.1.
What are the tangible benefits from having DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem vs. 3.0 for an average Internet user?
Clarifications to help narrow the question down:
- Assume that cable service provider does, or shortly will, support 3.1
- Assume that the modems are otherwise identical (e.g., yes, 3.1 will be a newer modem with hopefully newer and more powerful hardware, but that's not due to 3.1 specifically).
- Assume average Internet use. Several PCs and cell phones behind a router. Web browsing, some gaming, some youtube, light video streaming (e.g. Amazon Prime). Occasional heavy downloads (e.g. Linux distros, or buying software online). Occasional video conferencing.
- Internet connection speed does not exceed 50Mbps upstream or 100Mbps downstream (as in, I'm not buying service that's faster than that in the foreseeable future)