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I need to replace* my ISP-supplied Thomson DCM476 modem for my 150/15mbps cable internet plan, and I have two options:

Hitron CDA3
Cisco DPC3825

I know virtually nothing whatsoever about modems, but I do not want to make this choice lightly because of how important flawless internet is to me. As such, price is no concern for me.

It will be connected to an R7000 Nighthawk router, which in turn will be supplying direct ethernet cables to three different PCs and wifi to half a dozen devices or so.

In addition to comparing the Hitron & Cisco, I'm curious how the winner of that matchup would compare with the Thomson, which is the only reference point I have.

Also, I'm asking this with the assumption that these two options (which are my ISP's only offerings for my 150/15mbps plan) are my only choice - if it's possible to choose another modem on my own, I can consider that too. I'm just operating under the assumption it's best to go with whatever the ISP supports.

Let me know if any other information about my other hardware, usage, ISP, or anything else can help determine which option is best for me.

Thanks in advance!

* Given the return path signal levels, the ISP's technician said, it seems it's nearing its end of life (it's been about two years.) The Thomson modem has served me well, as far as I know. Had to replace it once before after a similar lifespan of 2-3 years, but other than that I don't recall any issues.
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The Cisco 3825 modem is old. 8 downstream channels and 4 up upstreams. We dont use them in Denmark anymore. 350mbit / 80 up will be possible on a good day.

 

The Hitron modem is new with 24 downstream channels and 8 up. The best you can get on docsis 3.0. Might give you 1000Mbit+ down and 160Mbit up. No Wifi, so you need external wifi. Your Nighthawk will fit perfectly. 

 

Both modems might be sufficient for your needs but the Cisco is just too old. If you go for Cisco go for EPC3948. 

 

Be sure that your cable provider support the modem first. 


Edited by qwwwizx - 6/12/16 at 1:21pm
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Originally Posted by qwwwizx View Post

The Cisco 3825 modem is old. 8 downstream channels and 4 up upstreams. We dont use them in Denmark anymore. 350mbit / 80 up will be possible on a good day.

The Hitron modem is new with 24 downstream channels and 8 up. The best you can get on docsis 3.0. Might give you 1000Mbit+ down and 160Mbit up. No Wifi, so you need external wifi. Your Nighthawk will fit perfectly. 

Both modems might be sufficient for your needs but the Cisco is just too old. If you go for Cisco go for EPC3948. 

Be sure that your cable provider support the modem first. 

Thanks. I'm curious though, why does the Cisco cost about 85% more than the Hitron? If it's older and worse...

Also, how good is the Thomson router that I've been using for years?
Edited by Aelius - 6/12/16 at 1:43pm
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It should be cheaper. Its old and they dont make them anymore. Maybe they didnt correct the price over the years. 

 

Cisco dont make modems anymore, they sold it all to Technicolor, but the modems are still on the market.

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