It uses the new DOCSIS 2.0 encoding. This is a great improvement. My old D-link would connect at around 3 MB/s. My new D-link with the new encoding connects at almost 5 MB/s. Just make sure your cable company supports it.

Buy/lease? Your choice. Two factors to consider. If you buy you're on your own if you have problems. If you lease you will get tech support.

I don't recommend using the USB connection.

Wayne

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