Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. (context Internet English) A modem that connects a personal computer to a fibreoptic cable, typically one used by a digital television system to provide broadband access
A cable modem is a type of network bridge and modem that provides bi-directional data communication via radio frequency channels on a hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) and radio frequency over glass (RFoG) infrastructure. Cable modems are primarily used to deliver broadband Internet access in the form of cable Internet, taking advantage of the high bandwidth of a HFC and RFoG network. They are commonly deployed in Australia, Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Usage examples of "cable modem".
Her technician prisoner had an amazing computer set-up, endless peripherals, cable modem, the works.
Still a great deal more bandwidth than your average cable modem , but not nearly the 5,000,000 Mb/s of the OC-96 .