While some modems require a complicated setup procedure, Netgear kept it simple with the CM700. For many users, getting it up and running involves nothing more than connecting the power, plugging in your Ethernet and cable connection, and pushing the power button. The modem takes everything from there. What makes this possible is the dynamic handshake. When your modem first connects to your ISP, the two devices have to agree on a method of communication. The CM700 can automatically test the different options, selecting the one that gives you the best performance. This makes the setup procedure completely hands off, something that will be appreciated by most consumers.
Unfortunately, some consumers will need to make a call to their ISP to get it activated. The modem does support automatic activation, but very few internet service providers are using this technology.