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Free rental modem vs purchased modem

I am about to move and the only ISP there is Spectrum.
Spectrum now offered FREE rental modem with their service. Does it make sense to purchase your own modem instead of using their? Back in the days, it will be cheaper to purchased your own since is $10 to $20 a month to rent, but now is FREE.


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I wish Canada had that deal. I have like 8 different models due to changing ISP and speeds.

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If you are willing to spend enough to get one that you won't outgrow for a few years, you probably would be better off buying your own. ISP supplied modems tend to be bare bones crap models. Also, I wouldn't be surprised the "free" modem would be for only a few months to a year, then you get to hemorrhage money through your nose afterwards.

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There's not much benefit buying your own modem on spectrum. You won't save any money and it will perform about the same. Waste of money IMO.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
If you are willing to spend enough to get one that you won't outgrow for a few years, you probably would be better off buying your own. ISP supplied modems tend to be bare bones crap models. Also, I wouldn't be surprised the "free" modem would be for only a few months to a year, then you get to hemorrhage money through your nose afterwards.
I believe is free until you end the service. Only if you used their wifi then is $5/month, which of course I am not using.


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I don't think the Spectrum supplied modems are that bad anymore. Many years ago when I was doing more bit-torrent/limewire activity and Charter(Spectrum) was charging a monthly fee for their cable modem, it made sense to buy your own because their modem had a limited number of simultaneous sockets it could open and it limited performance when file-sharing.

Now the modem is free, better, and you get full support from Spectrum. So take their modem.

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Only advice i will add to this in favor of renting one from Spectrum, is that if anything is wrong modem side, they will support it. If you purchase your own, any issues with it are your problem to deal with.

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Quote: Originally Posted by TLCH723 View Post
I am about to move and the only ISP there is Spectrum.
Spectrum now offered FREE rental modem with their service. Does it make sense to purchase your own modem instead of using their? Back in the days, it will be cheaper to purchased your own since is $10 to $20 a month to rent, but now is FREE.
the free modem spectrum provided is with works fine, though it is a two piece kit.

modem stack + wifi mesh thing that looks like a home assistant box.

so on avg, they're saving you ~$120 a year to use the stuff they'd normally rent for $9.99-$12.99. Only reason to get your own stuff is if you want even faster wifi.

I'd recommend getting their stuff setup (since its included) then evaluate why you'd need your own personal modem.

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