RCN is a telecommunication service company that provides phone, digital cable and high speed Internet to its customers, and this company services customers in the following areas: the DC metro area, Chicago, Boston, New York City, Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia. If you do not wish to rent a modem from the company, you can purchase one from the approved list of modems.
The Motorola SURFboard cable modem uses the cable TV bandwidth to transmit and receive digital signals, including video and audio signals, and these modems can transmit data at up to 38 megabytes per second (Mbps). The following models of the SURFboard are compatible with RCN: SB4100, SB4200, SB4100 and the SB5000 series. These modems come with an Ethernet cable, power cord, Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable and a CD-ROM that includes the software and drivers for the modem. Other features of this modem includes that you can support up to 32 computers on this single modem, and each modem will have its own Internet Protocol (IP) address. As of 2010, these modems cost between $50 and $80.
The Linksys EtherFast BEFCMU10UG kit comes with the modem, alternating current (AC) adapter, power cord, software CD, USB cable and a registration, which you need to fill out for warranty purposes. To use this modem, you must have a CD-ROM drive, and Windows 98, 2000 or Millennium (ME), or an Ethernet Network Interface Card, and Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOC SIS) 1.0 compliant network or head-end (a device that receives and processes digital television signals). This device comes with one cable port, one USB port, one reset button and one Ethernet port, and the front of the device features the status lights, which let you know whether or not the modem is able to receive information. As of 2010, this modem costs between $40 and $60.
The Toshiba PCX2500 is a cable modem that is DOCSIS 1.1 compatible, and it comes with one USB and one Ethernet 10/100 port. This modem is networkable, supporting a maximum of 16 computers, and you can receive data at 56 kilobytes per second, and it is designed for both business and residential users. Other features of this system include LED and diagnostic status lights in the front, and you do not need to hook up a phone line to use this modem. You can stand this modem up to save space on your desktop. This modem is upgradeable, and it comes with a five year warranty. As of 2010, this product costs between $5 and $20.
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