SETGEAR Cable Modem

The WIRECUTTER Support Cable Internet Service plans up to 200 Mbps. Separate router required for WiFi. 16×4 channel bonding.

  • DOCSIS 3.0 up to 16x faster download speeds than DOCSIS 2.0. Number of Ethernet Ports : One (1) Gigabit Ethernet port with auto-sensing technology
  • Not compatible with: Verizon, AT&T, or CenturyLink. Not compatible with bundled voice services.
  • Compatible with Xfinity from Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, CableONE & more.
  • Ideal for streaming HD videos, faster downloads, and high-speed online gaming

Eliminate Rental Fees

Stop paying rental fee to your provider. Own your own NETGEAR Cable Modem Router and start saving.

Channel Bonding

Like lanes on a highway, channels carrying data get congested during peak hours. The more channels you have the faster you go. CM500 supports 16×4 downstream channels.

ISP Compatibility

CM500 is certified to work with all the Major Internet cable providers. Contact your provider for more compatibility information.

Work Universally with Any routers

Works with any WiFi router or gateway. Plug the modem into your existing WiFi router/gateway and experience the internet speeds you pay for.

Easy Setup

Simply plug the modem into the coax cable. Then use a computer to connect to the modem, and follow the on-screen setup process to activiate the modem.

DOCSIS 3.0 up to 16x Faster than 2.0

16 times faster than DOCSIS 2.0. Support up to 300 Mbps for fast and reliable internet speed for your home.

The Netgear CM500 is a DOCSIS 3.0 standard modem with 16 downstream channels and four upstream channels for max speeds up to 680 Mbps.
It performed well in our tests running four simultaneous bandwidth-hogging applications, including 4K Netflix streaming and three large video game file downloads. Though we tested it using Xfinity’s 400 Mbps speed tier, we recommend the CM500 for packages advertising speeds up to 300 Mbps, just to give yourself a little room since modems rarely perform up to theoretical max speeds. The CM500 isn’t necessarily a top-of-the-line product, but it’s still a great value. Not only is it less expensive than renting a modem from your ISP, it’s less expensive than many of the similar modems we tested, yet it works just as well. It’s also supported by more ISPs than several of the products we researched. Besides value, the main difference between the CM500 and our favorite modems is the lack of a physical power button, which necessitates plugging and unplugging the modem when you want to turn it on or off. It’s an inelegant solution, but it works. The CM500 is a sleek device with a slim, shiny black exterior which gets a little dirty from smudges and dust. It also is not as well ventilated as other models, so it tends to run a few degrees warmer. Still, it’s a good modem that serves your internet access needs.
In our tests, it performed well on a network using up to 400 Mbps cable internet connection. If your internet plan advertises speeds up to 300Mbps or higher, a modem with more upstream and downstream channels gives you more room to maneuver. Though most cable modems are very similar, the MB 7420 offers a few distinct features that make it easier to use than other models we tested. For one, it has a physical power button. It’s a small, useful element that many modems omit, but plugging and unplugging a modem to turn it on and off again is an unwieldy process. A power button is convenient, especially since this modem is so small and light, as messing with the cords can cause it to fall off balance. The Motorola’s web interface, where you reset the device or access its information, is one of the easiest to navigate and the most powerful of the user interfaces, and it includes a nice selection of advanced options as well as the basics. Additionally, the modem comes with two small but useful accessories, a wrench for tightening the coaxial connection and a hook-and-loop cord strap.