cable modem

noun

Definition of cable modem

: a modem for connecting a computer to a network over a cable television line

Examples of cable modem in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the unfamiliar: most Internet service providers (ISPs) in the US charge their customers somewhere around $5-10 a month to rent a cable modem on top of what they already charge for standard Internet service. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 Among other things, Schneiderman's lawsuit accused TWC of providing customers with older-generation cable modems that couldn’t produce the speeds customers paid for. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Charter appeals court loss, still claims it can’t be punished for slow speeds," 2 Mar. 2018 In that sense, a cable modem is a gift that keeps on giving. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 About as fast as a premium-tier cable modem, according to a live test performed by Qualcomm, Motorola, and Verizon on Tuesday. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "How fast is 5G? This speed demo gives us an idea," 4 Dec. 2018 An affordable smart plug Right now, Amazon is offering up to 25% off select TP-Link products like Wi-Fi-extenders, cable modems, and Ethernet switches for today only. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "Here are the 5 best Amazon deals right now," 6 June 2018 The point is they are distributed on the internet, via cable modems or mobile phones. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "AT&T’s ‘South Park’ Argument," 18 Mar. 2018 Netgear has made a new mesh Wi-Fi router that can also replace your cable modem. Thuy Ong, The Verge, "Netgear’s new mesh Wi-Fi router is a 2-in-1 designed to declutter," 9 May 2018 David Baker and Darrell Johnson check the cable modem noise level in one of the communities Eastern Oregon Telecom serves. Drew Fitzgerald And, WSJ, "In U.S. Brawl With Huawei, Rural Cable Firms Are an Unlikely Loser," 27 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cable modem.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of cable modem

1981, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cable modem

Time Traveler for cable modem

Time Traveler

The first known use of cable modem was in 1981

See more words from the same year

Statistics for cable modem

Cite this Entry

“Cable modem.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cable%20modem. Accessed 20 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cable modem

cable modem

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cable modem

: a device that connects a computer to a network (such as the Internet) through the same kind of cable used for cable television

More from Merriam-Webster on cable modem

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with cable modem

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about cable modem

Comments on cable modem

What made you want to look up cable modem? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not to be intimidated or subdued

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!