Hi, shortly I will be subscribing to Comcast broadband. One can either rent a modem -3 bucks a month- or buy one. I noticed circuit city has several different ones, I am looking for agood cable modem that isnt way too expensive or super cheap- can someone recommend one? I saw a motorola that they are promoting was i believe 99? now 50 or 60? Thanks KOS
Your math is faulty. 60/3=20, not 12. Cable modems, in my experience, last well below two years (I have had 7 in about 5 years).
Hard to believe. They ALWAYS blame my modem, even if the cable is laying in the yard, and the pole is down! But since I rent, this is not a problem. Had I bought all the modems I have been through, I would be FAR behind the break-even point.
Not true, you're out the savings you could have had by owning. At $5/month rental and about $60 for a typical modem (even cheaper if you get a rebate with new service), the break even point is at 12 months. It is very unlikely that a system change will kick in within a year that would obsolete a modem. A new modem should have a warranty that will cover any breakage in the first months or year; since electronic devices either fail in the first days of use or last forever.
Now, if a cable company doesn't give any discount or a very small discount for customer owned modems, rental makes sense. In most cases it doesn't.
Look at the numbers; how much does a modem cost (and don't forget about new subscriber rebates that can make it free) vs. the rental cost. If the payback period is smaller than the period of time you think you'll be using the service, buy the modem. Even if you have to buy a new modem every five years to enable some new features (like DOCSIS 2.0, 3.0, ...), in most cases you come out far ahead.
By the way, I've owned my SB4100 for over four years. It works just fine, and will be ready if Comcast ever decides to turn on DOCSIS 1.1 in my area. I've had several service calls with Comcast over the years, and they never blamed my modem.
I'd always buy one over renting. It'll always pay off in the end. And make them prove it's the modem if they say that. I made them put one of theirs on to prove it's the modem. Of course, it wasn't and they had to fix their problem.
I think Circuit City is offering a Motorola SB 5100 for $49.99 after rebates. I thought it was free if you signed up for Comcast service thru them.
You can usually get the first modem free when you sign up for service. I have rented from the beginning, and in the time I have been on cable internet, I have had seven modems. None has lasted more than two years.