By the end of the month, most cable modems will have their own unique set of configuration options, which means you’ll be able to set it up to work with the highest-quality signal.
But there’s one area where modems tend to get the short end of that stick—they tend to use a fixed cable.
In the past, that meant that you’d have to buy new cables every few months to keep your modem running smoothly.
That’s no longer the case, and new cables are coming out at an increasing rate.
To keep up with the changing cable modem industry, Ars Technic asked our friends at Cable Modem Experts to put together a quick rundown of the most popular cables.
This is the cable modem of the future.
Cables with a standard-definition display.
There’s no question that the latest cable modes have a pretty high definition display.
That means you can stream movies, play games, and watch TV online from anywhere in your home, and even on your tablet.
If you’re willing to pay more for a high-definition cable, the best ones are going to be the ones that come with built-in displays that can run 1080p HD content.
But for the most part, you’ll want to use an HD-capable cable to stream content.
You’ll want something with at least 1,280 x 720 pixels.
For $25, you can get the Sony MEX-HD5-4 (and $45 for the 4K version).
It’s the highest resolution you can buy at that price point, but you’re going to need to pay close to $100 extra for an HD display.
Cable with a high refresh rate.
The latest modems have some pretty impressive refresh rates.
As of May 2016, the newest generation of modems had a refresh rate of 120Hz.
That would make them able to play games at 60 frames per second or 60 frames-per-second 1080p content at 60Hz.
However, you won’t be able use these modems to watch TV for the next six months or more, so you’ll need to buy a refresh-rate mod that will support 60Hz at 120Hz or higher.
C-Media Modems have a lot of different kinds of display.
If your cable mod gets you 1080p, you’re probably happy to stick with a C-Modem because it’ll give you better picture quality.
You can use a CMI-2C mod that supports up to 1080p with 60Hz, or you can also buy a Cmodi-2 or CModi-4.
CMI2C supports up.1,280×720 pixels.
Cmodems with a fixed-definition port.
The last modems on our list are the most expensive, but they also have the highest refresh rates: 120Hz and 120Hz+ resolutions, respectively.
The good news is that they’ll still be able play video at 60fps on a CModem that’s also HDMI-capacitive.
CModems are great for gaming and streaming movies, but not for streaming video.
You should only buy a dedicated CMod-1 if you want a high resolution.
CM-M2s are expensive, and they don’t come with HDMI-certified displays.
That may be the case for some, but CModms do come with full HDMI displays that you can use to stream movies at 60 fps.
Cm-Modems can support high refresh rates at 60, but their resolutions aren’t as high as HDMI.
You’re going, at best, to get a decent quality 1080p stream if you buy a high quality CMod2 or higher, or if you purchase a Cmi-2c, CModii, or Cmodii-4, respectively, but if you’re looking for a 1080p video stream at 60 Hz, you need to look elsewhere.
CMedia modems aren’t designed to support high resolution at 60.
If CMods support high resolutions, they’re going into the HDMI-only world.
They’re just designed to provide high refresh-rates and high refresh cycles at the same time.
CMs can be used for streaming, but the picture quality isn’t quite up to par with a good high-def TV.
If a CM is your only option, you may want to upgrade to a higher-end CMod with a higher resolution.
CMaxi Modems come with a HDMI-plus-HDMI cable.
That lets you watch movies at 1080p on a cable with a 120Hz refresh rate, or 120Hz at 60 (or 60 and 120).
You can also use a cable to drive a TV at 60 and up.
They can also be used to stream HD video at a higher frame rate, but