There is a better technology available in modems today called DOCSIS 3.0.The main difference between DOCSIS 2 and DOCSIS 3 is that the latter uses channel bonding.Setting up a router with a VPN connection can be useful if you have devices that cannot be connected by themselves, or if you have a lot of devices to connect.We have tutorials for several routers - please check if your router is listed here: https://support.nordvpn.com/hc/en-us/sections/201889785.If it is not, you can continue reading below to determine if your router can be connected.In order to setup VPN client connection on your router, it has to support at least one of these connection types: PPTP, L2TP or Open VPN.Routers are the oft-ignored work horses of the home network.Most people hardly pay any attention to them unless there is a big malfunction, and people may not consider upgrading them any more than they consider upgrading their washing machine.
So I politely declined their offer for a new modem. The modem I was using was a Motorola SB5101 SURFboard Cable Modem.
Speed Touch firmware can only be upgraded within the same version, due to hardware driver compatibility.
For instance a ST585v6 can only accept version 6 firmware and not version 7 or 8.
Whether updates are available will be indicated by the manufacturer on the product page for the particular model on the manufacturer's website.
The firmware on the Alcatel/Thomson/Technicolor Speed Touch series of modems can be upgraded, although it is a complex process to do so.