I have run into this situation twice in the past week:
Both people had signed up for Comcasts XFINITY Extreme 50 High Speed Internet (50 Mbps download speed), but neither were getting the promised speeds. In fact they were only getting about half (24 Mbps) of what they were paying Comcast for. What was going on here? Was it Comcast again?
Actually no! I found out that two essential things were missing from each persons network setup:
1) The Modem: If your Comcast connection rate is 20 Mbps or greater your modem should be a DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem. Once again, you must use a DOCSIS 3.0 Modem in order to take full advantage of Comcast’s fast Internet speeds! You can rent one from Comcast or buy your own. I recommend buying your own.
2) The Router: Your router must have both LAN and WAN Gigabit functionality. The WAN Ethernet 10/100/1000 Gigabit ports are for establishing a wired connection to your broadband Ethernet-enabled DOCSIS 3.0 modem. The LAN Gigabit Ethernet ports are for establishing high-speed wired connections to your desktop PC. Once again, connect the router to the cable modem through a Gigabit WAN port, and connect your other PCs, servers, wireless-N access points, or anything else to the LAN Gigabit Ethernet Ports.
Once the DOCSIS 3.0 Modem and the Gigabit Router were hooked up, download speeds of over 50Mbps came flowing in!
Professor Randy says: Don’t buy a router that doesn’t have both LAN and WAN Gigabit ports, and don’t expect extreme Comcast download speeds without a DOCSIS 3.0 Modem!