I found these videos to be quite a bit funny. Just because they make the entire process of taking apart modems to sound like the most difficult thing in the world. Watch the two videos and you’ll see why I might chuckle a little bit.
The thing is, I appreciate people taking apart these things. Because when you really get into the insides of a modern day modem.
For some people, when you take apart these modems, you only see 9 objects… well, I have to tell you, there is a lot more going on than just that.
When you really crack these things open, you’ll find that these more modern modems consist of much more. Here’s another pretty exhaustive video on how to actually crack these open the right way.
Today, modern modems consist of 3 major pieces: A Modem, A Router, and WiFi. All of these functions are incorporated into a single device which lets you connect to the internet, distribute your single connection between several computers, and allow wireless connectivity to your connection.
Many of us do not think about this much. Before, we would have three individual components all taking care of each of these functions. Large ISP companies such as Comcast and Verizon, immediately saw the market place and began to “rent out” their 3-part advanced modems to capture some of the market place with other companies, such as NetGear and Linksys capturing market share in their splitting and wireless technologies.
It wasn’t that long ago… and we will continue to see more consolidation and competition. It’s good… but remember that when you see your next internet bill.