chrishoffman — 2014-04-16T06:40:12-04:00 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/186941/buy-your-cable-modem-instead-of-renting-it-to-save-4-8-per-month/
When you sign up for cable Internet service, you need a modem. You’re often asked to choose between renting the modem from your Internet service provider for a monthly fee or buying it outright.
nsdcars5 — 2014-04-16T09:31:37-04:00 — #2
My ISP flat-out says that no other modem will work with them, and if another modem is installed, they won't come fix any problems we have (which is often - not related to modem).
pwcleveland — 2014-04-16T10:50:35-04:00 — #3
Comcast in my area only allows a certain few modems. Even people I talk to on the forums that have bought these "recommended" modems have had limited success when using them.
gws1963 — 2014-04-16T10:53:48-04:00 — #4
Charter recently stopped doing this, so you're out of luck if you need a new modem, you have to rent one from them. I hope mine lasts for awhile. Total rip-off if you ask me.
stupot65 — 2014-04-16T10:57:06-04:00 — #5
In the UK (or at least, as it is right now) I don't think they actually charge rent for the router. They more often than not send one out for free and only charge for upgrades. Also, some ISP's (Sky specifically) only allow one router, theirs. They preload the account info and there is no way to access it at all but I don't believe they allow router other than the Sky Hub or charge rent for it (It's only £3.50/month = ~$6)
mrkite — 2014-04-16T11:37:31-04:00 — #6
Comcast in my area allows several different models. Their rental fee is $7 a month. I have bought my last two modems, both Motorola, and have had no problem. You do have to call Comcast when you install it, give them the serial number, and then they activate it. Both of them paid for themselves several times over. We've got DOCSIS 3 here, and I'm getting over 50 Mbps.
whs — 2014-04-16T13:11:48-04:00 — #7
My old Bell South Netopia modem just died a couple of weeks ago and I got a Netgear modem for $49.95 - ATT wanted $100 for the same thing. It works well. I had to setup my Netgear router with a new Mac address, but that was all.
In Germany I have a combined modem/router from Netgear. I could have had a free modem from the ISP, but I preferred my own gear. The ISP had no problem with that.
chubbycheese — 2014-04-16T13:33:56-04:00 — #8
As others have said, some ISPs don't allow other modems on their network or they won't support them. So you'll get stuck with a connection issue and the ISP will say to talk with the maker of the modem, and their support will say it's not their problem and to talk with your ISP.
I also like the idea of being able to swap out my modem whenever I want for pretty much any reason. Not sure if other ISPs allow this, but so far I haven't heard anything from MidContinent(ND).
jfitzpatrick — 2014-04-16T13:34:31-04:00 — #9
Well I'll be damned, you're right. I was going to argue with you (as a Charter subscriber who has his own modem) but it looks like they did change their policy and I'm just grandfather'd in: http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r27267298-
It sounds like if I never sign up for a promotional contract (which I likely never will) I'll be able to keep using my modem without issue.
sl0j0n — 2014-04-16T16:16:59-04:00 — #10
I have to recommend this article, because I've already done this.
I bought a DOCSIS 3.0 Motorola SB6180 SURFboard Cable Modem from amazon.com for $39.93 [$40 - 7¢].
The ISP was charging me $4.99 [$5 - 1¢] per month "rental fee".
That was in November, 2013.
Fast forward to today; I've saved 5 months of 'rental fees' since I started using my cable modem, which = $25 [5x$5-1¢].
I've got to save three more month's rental fee to pay for it, and then its off to the bank w/ the savings. Since it doesn't look like ATT will ever run fiberoptic in my neck of the woods, I'll be saving $5 / month for the foreseeable future, which = $60 / year, at the current rate.
Interestingly, I've heard that the new owners are raising their fees.
IF they raise the rental fee, I'll save even more.
Have a GREAT day, Neighbors!
fichendich — 2014-04-16T22:33:46-04:00 — #11
Go ahead and buy a modem. If your ISP is Comcast after a few months it will sneak a modem rental charge onto your monthly bill. When caught, after countless attempts to resolve the problem, they will remove the charge... for a while. Then, like a zombie, it will spring back to life ! Repeat entire process again. Later, for a THIRD time, there will yet again be a rental charge for the modem that you own ! By this point approximately six years have passed. The modem itself has a problem. So you throw in the towel. You take it to the nearest local office and exchange it for a "new" one and begin to pay the rental charge.
BTW: The "new" unit you receive is not actually new. It is not even refurbished. It's just been wiped off and vacuum sealed onto a stiff card. Brace yourself because in the next year you will have to exchange that replacement modem FOUR TIMES ! But what the heck, it's free.
COMCAST IS EVIL
COMCAST IS EVIL
COMCAST IS EVIL
Buy instead of rent ? Yeah, sure, maybe... if your ISP is not Comcast.
pbarron — 2014-04-17T11:43:47-04:00 — #12
I've gone through about 7 or 8 different modems since 1998 when I first got broadband. I either had to have my modem replaced because it malfunctioned or it was a necessary upgrade for faster speeds. As a result, I always just rented and thought that made sense. I finally bought my own modem about two years ago to save money. The modem paid for itself in just less than 11 months. A more expensive modem might take closer to 18 months to pay for itself. It's definitely worth looking into for everyone who is still renting.
kall747 — 2014-04-17T14:54:01-04:00 — #13
Just yesterday i contacted my ISP (AT&T) and said that i was going to buy my own modem to save $$ since i have been with them already for 2 years? The agent said that it was fine and he asked if I was having troubles and I replied "No."
He asked if he waived the fee would I keep their modem/router and I said that would be great. So I am now down to paying $28 for 18Mbps service.... I am happy with that speed and price
okontrollerad — 2014-04-18T02:21:57-04:00 — #14
Here in Sweden it´s custom that you buy your cable-modem and if it breaks during warranty it will be replaced but if you later have to replace it you will usually have to pay another fee again. The system with monthly fee is uncommon to the point that I don't even know if any of the Internet providers actually use that system or even provide that service.
With my provider I have bought my first cable modem and a second one when I upgraded to 100 Mbps
because the old one couldn't handle that, The 100 Mbps modem has been replaced once on warranty without charge but it´s working fine now. 100 Mbps cost about 30 - 60 dollars (200-400 SEK) per month depending on which provider you use but you could possibly find even cheaper offers too.
swtracey7 — 2014-04-21T10:49:35-04:00 — #15
I bought my modem. When it failed the manufacturer ( Motorola) replaced it for free. Because it was still under warranty. I have had two replaced that way. The second one was about a week out of warranty but they still covered it. I do always keep a backup on hand. My provider is comcast.
greed — 2014-04-21T12:21:34-04:00 — #16
I like to rent the equipment. Only because if the equipment breaks, it is the ISP's responsibility to replace the device.
garyb2000 — 2014-04-21T12:57:52-04:00 — #17
I've got Time-Warner, soon to be Comcast, but since my apartment complex pays for basic cable and Internet, I don't have to pay for the cable modem. I just pay an extra $19/mo. to get an extra 10 Mbps on my broadband Internet, and digital (HD) TV channels, including a cable-card for my TiVo box.
bigwaverider — 2014-04-21T21:58:07-04:00 — #18
I have an att DSL modem. It is the same one you have a picture of at the bottom of the pictures. It is a Motorola modem
that I was having some trouble with after about 4 months. I called AT&T Tech support and they could not resolve the
problem and told me that it would be $80.00 to replace the modem. The next day I called back and talked to a supervisor
who was able to walk me through a simple fix. I asked him about having to buy another modem and he told me the same
thing. That after 90 days it would be $80.00 to replace your modem if we (AT&T) were unable to get it fixed because of a
software problem. There is no separate fee on my bill for a modem, but I pay $40.00 a month for DSL PRO. I don't know if
this is a fair price or not. I can tell you I'm happy I don't get my cable through them because they wanted almost twice
what I pay Dish Network for the same service.....
givati — 2014-04-22T08:43:06-04:00 — #19
I rent mine simply because I wont have to buy another one if it fails.The ISP is obligated to replace and or upgrade to the latest model.
Currently I pay 10 bucks a year more than if I would have bought it with a warranty lasting the lifetime of my sub.
A warranty on a unit you pay is what?One year?Maybe two?
Of course I know the ISP is making money.Thats the point.Offer a service I pay for it.Not hard to figure out.
ortzinator — 2014-04-23T00:16:09-04:00 — #20
Apparently if you also have VOIP home phone, which uses the same modem as your internet, you keep the old modem to use for the phone alongside your own modem...
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