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Should I upgrade my modem and router?

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I have a modem that's almost 10 years old. It's a Linksys BEFCMU10 modem with a Linksys WRT54G-TM (flashed with Tomato).

Here are my current speeds from Cox which is pretty fast on my current modem. I'm supposed to be getting 20/5 but I think Cox is always changing their speeds and making them higher.


Would I see a advantage to using DOCSIS 3.0 over my current DOCSIS 2.0 modem? Is there a bottleneck to using a modem and router vs a modem router?
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You would benefit from a DOCSIS 3.0 only if your ISP has upgraded their network to support it. But for a 10 year old modem, you would probably see a stability increase for your modem. Mine was rebooting all the time, and got tired of calling Cox, so I went in and picked up a newer DOCSIS 3.0 compatible one. Solved the reboots, and helped achieve a more stable (consistent) connection.

As far as getting a combo: if you get a modem/router combo, you most likely will be limited by the firmware they have on the modem. I would separate the two if you plan on keeping Tomato or going DD-WRT or something else.
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