The Linksys CM3016 is a device worthy of consideration and it perfectly fits with the more common internet plans from most internet service providers.
The Linksys CM3016 is part of the latest trio of DOCSIS 3.0 modems released by Linksys (which includes the 8×4 CM3008 and the 24×8 CM3024).
Linksys CM3016 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (16 x 4 Bonded Channels) provides a stable, high-speed connectivity ideal for online gaming and web browsing.
The Linksys CM3016 looks pretty much identical to the CM3024, both modems featuring a vertically-positioned rectangular case, covered by a glossy finish.
While the less powerful CM3008 was a small and non-intrusive modem, the CM3016 is beautifully designed and looks like a premium device, so it is suitable in a modern living room.
Both the left and right sides of the Linksys CM3016 have an emerging inner rectangle composed of lots of small rectangles (in between them, you can actually see the interior of the modem,
So that’s another bonus for the cooling system) and towards the bottom, there’s a large built-in stand, which ensures a proper stability (and it does a great job because, in normal conditions, the modem won’t budge).
Inside the case, the Linksys CM3016 is equipped with an Intel Puma 6 chipset, the same which can be found on other more powerful modems, such as Arris SB6190, NETGEAR CM700, Hitron CGNV4 and also, on CM3016’s big brother, the CM3024.
The Linksys prides itself with using this chipset, but, relying on Intel may prove to have been the worst idea they had so far.
Lately, you may have noticed on the Internet, that there are lots of people that purchased the Arris SB6190, which, technically allowed fantastic speeds (way higher than before, reaching the realm of Gigabit speeds), so this was a great modem for online gamers.
Performance and Compatibility
The Linksys CM3016 is a 16×4 DOCSIS 3.0 modem, so it can handle up to 16 downstream bonded channels and up to 4 upstream bonded channels
This will help you to simultaneously transfer larger amounts of data over multiple channels (translates into better media streaming).
Although the modem has a Gigabit port, that does not mean you will get a transfer data of ten time more than the older Fast Ethernet connections (maximum of 100Mbps) and that’s because of two reasons.
Before installing the Linksys CM3016, you need to have a few things prepared: a router which has an Ethernet port, an Ethernet cable, an active cable input line from your ISP
So, first connect the active RF coaxial cable (which comes from your wall) to the cable port on your modem and use an Ethernet cable to connect the modem to your router (and the router to a computer).
Before you’ll have access to the Internet, you may need to communicate the info about your modem (from the label) to your ISP.
The Linksys CM3016 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (16 x 4 Bonded Channels) provides a stable, high-speed connectivity ideal for online gaming and web browsing.
With its Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 3.0 standard, the Linksys CM3016 is ideal for Internet speeds of up to 250 Mbps, and is compatible with all major Cable Broadband providers.
Overview and Features
- Ideal for Internet plans up to 250 Mbps:
- Has stable, high-speed connectivity ideal for multimedia streaming, online gaming and web browsing
- Compatible with all major cable providers:
- Eliminate monthly rental fees
- Optimize your existing Internet connectivity:
- 16 download and four (4) upload Bonded Channels
- Certified for DOCSIS 3.0 cable Internet Standard:
- Able to handle high-bandwidth transfer rates over existing cable lines with speeds of up to 686 Mbps
- Easy plug and play:
- Three simple steps to faster speeds and maximum savings
Since this is a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, some may wonder if it’s not a better idea to hold on for the DOCSIS 3.1 modems that are sure to come this year in larger numbers (. Well, it depends.
It’s true that the DOCSIS 3.1 is superior to the DOCSIS 3.0 in many ways (so far, it supports 10 Gbps downstream and 1 Gbps upstream using 4096 QAM, 6 or 8 MHz wide channel spacing, QoS and reduced bufferbloat),
DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1 use the same lines, there isn’t going to be any dramatic overnight change and the transition will take many, many years (there are lots of people that still use DOCSIS 2.0 modems).
So, your DOCSIS 3.0 modem won’t become obsolete in the near future and the price of the Internet plan still remains a major issue
On the front of the device, you can find a series of LED lights (vertically aligned)
This show the status of the Power, Receive (if the LED is solid green, it means that the modem has a proper Internet connection and if it’s solid blue, it means that there’s multichannel bonding).
Send (if the LED is blinking a green colour, it means that it’s searching for a proper Internet connection, otherwise, solid green indicates a working connection and the solid blue means multi-channel bonding)
Status (if the LED blinks, it means that the modem is registering a connection) and Ethernet (if the LED is green, then there’s a 10/100 Fast Ethernet connection, otherwise, if it’s blue, then, there’s a Gigabit connection; if the LED blinks, it shows that there is Internet activity).