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Comcast Modem

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Equipment' started by quizzer, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. quizzer

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    I heard comcast is going to increase the modem rental from $3 to $5 starting next month.

    I'm thinking of buying a modem and returning the comcast modem.

    Can anyone recommend me a good modem with approx price range and the shop to buy?

    Thanks
     
  2. BattleZone

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    I'd hold off. You'll be able to rent for more than 2 years to equal the price of a cable modem, but it is expected that DOCSIS v3 gear will be out soon, so you won't want to buy something that's going to be obsolete tomorrow.
     
  3. bicker1

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    Also keep in mind that Comcast's Voice service is not compatible with even many DOCSIS 3.0 modems. So you could end up investing in a modem that might be incompatible with a service you end up wanting to add later (assuming you don't have it now).
     
  4. rudeney

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    That might be true if you pay the full retail price to buy your own and rental is only $3/mo. I bought my cable modem (Motorola Surfboard 5101) on eBay for about $30. Charter charges $5/mo, so it took 6 months to pay for itself.

    First of all, it may be a while before individual cable companies begin supporting DOCSIS 3.0, and even then, they may not be supporting all of its speed capabilities. On top of that, they will likely be charging more for the faster service. If all you can get (or need) is DOCSIS 2.0 then bu the modem. It will be supported for plenty of months to come in order to pay for itself.
     
  5. henrythomas

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    Contemplating the switch from DSL to Cable Internet service with Comcast.

    They said I'd need to either buy or rent ($3/mo) a cable modem.

    Any suggestions on an inexpensive cable modem?

    Thanks,
     
  6. usmcbob55

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    I'd be surprised if it took longer than 15 seconds to have Comcast comp the modem fee. I didn't seek out the credit but the CSR offered during my first call inquiring about adding services.
     
  7. Alebob911

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    I thought the same thing but talked with charter rep 2 days ago and they are already running DOCSIS 3.0. I was thinking of upgrading to 20Mbps service and that is one of the requirements for the service. Strange to think that the speed is so fast now!!
     
  8. Alebob911

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    I use a Motorola SB5120 and have been for quite a few years now and have been problem free and get the speed I pay for. 10Mbps down and 1 Mbps up. I saw a new version at BB a few days ago that has a much smaller footprint then the SB5120. I'd make sure to get the latest version. Obviously:)

    Here is the link at Best Buy for the latest Motorola Cable Modem, http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9246693&type=product&id=1218068107245
     
  9. rudeney

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    They don't offer it in our area. Even if they did, I don't think I'd pay for it. My main need for speed is when connecting to the office, and it's nowhere near as fast as the 5Mbps I have now.
     
  10. Ken S

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    Here ya go...very solid modem. Comcast approved.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16825122003

    They're also available on eBay sometimes for less, of course sometimes they're stolen, used, or broken there too.

    Remember when you get a new cable modem you need to call Comcast and register it with them.
     

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