Should you buy or rent your cable modem and wireless router?

In this video tip, Mr. Noobie discusses three main factors to consider when deciding whether to buy or rent your cable modem and wireless router: cost, compatibility and support.

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Comments

Texasus says:

Find out the model your cable company uses, this may require renting their modem for the first month to give you time to get the same one yourself off of ebay, For example my cable company uses and arris touchstone gateway, I just purchased the same one they use for $20 on ebay, So if you get 6 months to a year out of the used box you are saving tons. Maybe it will last you years however saving even more.

Timothy Obrien says:

great explanation

Ayoub Lachgar says:

The terms & conditions on the agreement contain no such line saying that customers get no support if they choose to use their own equipment. You didn’t mention that all customers are required to provide Xfinity with their own modem MAC address. The FCC made it a law for Comcast to support customers under all circumstances.

Javier Uchiha says:

I got a question please answerrrrrr !!!! My cable modem will show up lights when I turn it on and load, So every time I turned it on a few hours ago the light kept on blinking DS it will keep on blinking. what’s wrong ? I tried everything I checked my cables I turn of the power of the cables and I even reset it but it still happens

SERGE says:

I’m gonna be buying a router and modem because I have a lot of experience with computers and network systems but for those that don’t getting a Comcast(xfinity) branded router or cable modem combo makes sense. Of course you could always learn the basics and ditch Comcast but that’s up to you.

every buddy says:

Unfair comparisons. Comparing two items to one item rather than comparing two gateways. Sorry but cant trust anyone who is being sponsored by the businesses your trying to cut back on. Such reviews or informational videos are totally biased.

Andrew Babasick says:

Oh my God of course this is sponsored by xfinity – they just want to make more money from rental fees and early termination fees

CNFunnyJon says:

Thank you.

Abonanno24601 says:

OMG!!!! It’s a challenge to own my own equipment???? Oh no, I better get Comcast to rent me a monitor, PC, cables, keyboard, mouse BECAUSE if they break… YOU will need to buy a new one. Hehehehehhe…

moonbase 2 says:

GTFO

amazingmuzmo says:

What a garbage BIASED video. People don’t listen to what this xfinity SHILL is telling you, it’s in Xfinity’s best interest to have you blindly paying that modem rental fee every month, they make millions (billions?) from that rental fee every year because people don’t know they can even own their own modem.

Jace Vo says:

that moment when the rent out equipment is shitty compare to the one that you buy….the one I got from my cable company still run on wireless N. So the update argument sometime isn’t true and I am paying for a high bandwidth internet.

MrRamone420 says:

Xfinity…what bullshit. So the cable company is basically saying “don’t buy that modem, cause we love your money”.

jpb7428 says:

I’ve had service from Comcast for 15 years and I can’t tell you how many modems I’ve had. 10? All rented. Either I’ve had bad luck or these are typically just cheap crap that aren’t intended to last very long. If I knew I could get a modem that would last a couple years, I’d take the risk and buy it.

the eabster says:

this guy is 100% bull. I have rented from Comcast for the last 20 years they have never changed out my equipment even when I moved. A Comcast technician came out and rehooked up my old equipment. never mentioned to me that they are are upgrades or took it upon himself to bring out updated equipment during the reinstallment. the older equipment was at least 10 years old. yesterday I took a box back up to Comcast to upgrade it and it did not even have an HDMI cord on it that tells you how old the equipment is. so as far as needing to upgrade your equipment regularly just doesn’t happen. in less you taking upon yourself to find out if there is any upgrades they will not share that information with you

SERGE says:

Listen to this guy he actually knows what he’s talking about!

dic says:

it applies to renting car, renting house too. you pay more in long run but you don’t get responsibility. but ask yourself, which side is the majority?

Fawzi Breidi says:

lets see my modem is $30 and another $20 for router. yes you can get amazing prices on deals. i even noticed better speeds and stability on my new cheap modem.

Knoxxgrim says:

YOU SO RIGHT I LEARN THE HARD WAY…..AND NOBODY TOLD ME I HAD TO PAY FOR TECHINCAL SUPPORT THATS RIGHT IF YOU GET A NETGEAR ROUTER YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR TECHINCAL SUPPORT 129 DOLLARS FOR ONE YEAR WHICH I DIDNT NEED BECAUSE I HAD NO PROBLEMS FOR A WHOLE YEAR BUT WHEN I DID HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MY TIVO HAD TO CALL NETGEAR FOR SOME HELP…. WELL MY YEAR RAN OUT AND HAD TO RENEW SO GUESS WHAT HAD TO PAY ANOTHER 129 DOLLARS FOR ANOTHER YEAR….SO WHAT I DID WAS TOOK MY NETGEAR ROUTER STOOD ON MY FRONT PORCH AND THREW IT AS FAR AS I COULD….NOW IM BACK WITH A CABLE ROUTER…ALL GOOD

Milos Ilic says:

0:24ALL THE WAY UP

nozrep says:

lol of course he is going to say renting the box from the company is better the damn video was sponsored by xfinity. so yah that’s surely not a conflict of interest or anything like that. nope. no conflict of interest to see here at all.

Pencil says:

Ha, “This tech tip brought to you by Comcast”!!!!!!

Party Favors says:

This guy is crazy! I’m not renting nothing but my apartment and it’s already bad enough that I have to rent an apartment which I will stop doing in the coming future…

Angela bolin says:

Arris sbg6580 $99 dollars on amazon with wifi buy used 39.00 on amazon cable modem is a rip off.

Bread Nerd says:

I laughed at 3:25

Patricia Stephens says:

It might be nice to pay 8 to 10 a month but here in Canada I am paying $66 a month

kenleystonefilms says:

Just buy a router modem combination in the first place… That said if the speed ups don’t skimp out on your router/modem. Most router/modems are rated for over 240Mbps nowadays anyway and the max you can get with a cable company is about 100. I doubt we will even reach the 240 limit anytime soon. Just take the ARRIS SBG6580 SURFboard Wireless Cable Modem Gateway for example. 300+Mbps down and 120Mbps up for only around $120. I’d call that saving money.

Daniel Moran says:

not at all it would be great that they bought good equipmment they always give you cheap equipment

James Henderson says:

*Don’t use Comcast/Xfinity.* I have one of their modems and its had to be *replaced three times* in the past six months and my internet is *not reliable.* Guess whose problem it is to fix if their modem breaks? It’s my problem to talk with some indian on the phone to attempt to fix my internet. *I have to go to their location to get a new modem*, but you have to arrive ten minutes before they open and stand out in the weather to not stand in lines of other customers who have the same problem. All for a crap internet service that is *slow and unreliable.*

@mikediegameing says:

I use at&t and it sucks pays $60 per month and only get about 20-30 megabytes and they don’t switch it out with new gear and it disconnects sometimes for 5 minuets and sometimes for 30 to 1 hour

adrian james says:

DO NOT listen to this guy he obviously has no idea what hes talking about. what challange and risk is there buyiing your own equipment? there is NONE! fuck hes stating ” just pay a little more and forget about it” he never states one time that the equipment provided my EVERY internet company is TRASH. unless you like paying for a internet package and not receiving all of it then thats all you. If your really that dumb and you cant connect a few wires pay best buy to seet up your router its like 80-100$ and you get a 1 YEAR support

Danielle S says:

Great information!  Gave you a thumbs up on this video.

gjan808 says:

I need help choosing a WiFi modem. Can you please help?

Tango Kilo says:

This guy has to work for a service provider, no one with half a brain rent a router and pay at least 10/mo. You can buy your own router with the same features and speed limits. Cheapest router I have seen so far was about 10 bucks at Walmart. I could literally buy a new one every month for the same price to rent one… Nice job tool! Someone post this guys name so I can look him up on LinkedIn and take all his customers…

Noureddine Elaroussi says:

and by the way, Xfinity is charging me over 50.00 for a measly 29 mbps, I wish COX was in DC.

Jack Anderson says:

If I have a slower WiFi internet connection, do I need to get a new router or modem? I really don’t know too much… Please help. Also, what distributes the actual WiFi my devices use? Let me know please, thanks.

Aaron Kocherhans says:

You can buy several different modems for several different providers at Buyyourownmodem.com. I got my telephone gateway for Comcast and now I am saving $10 a month. Thanks for the info!

juans daone says:

I just wanted to save some money. I never thought of the other stuff you mentioned.. darn!!??

Clinton W Salvato says:

Hey guys,
I agree with both sides of the argument here. There is one thing not mentioned in the video though. If you live in an area where lightening is common (e.g. me living in Florida), Warranties don’t cover power damage due to whatever lightning might do directly or via damage to the hardware, indirectly via the power grid. Now I haven’t known a cable company that doesn’t cover this kind of damage if you’re renting. This would go with insurance in case of natural disaster. This could get real expensive real fast if osmone has a bad storm season and has to shell out to keep replacing hardware.

On the flipped side, I have a good technical background, so I usually turn off the wireless and router in the modem and bring my own router if i need features not supplied by the stock router from the provider.

Tony Lopez says:

My question is, I can go out and buy some very high end equipment, with good security and bandwidth and so forth. It seems that Xfinity’s box that I get is very slow, doesn’t have built in VPN, if I turn the firewall on high, nothing will work in my house. In this age of hackers, and exploits and new wifi stuff, I want to know I have the best protection, and great speed. Some advice? Oh and I have the built in telephony so it seems I am limited to what I can get.

Dallasguy2015 says:

Thank you for this video. You really helped me decide to actually not buy my own modem and continue to pay the extra 10 a month for the reasons you explained. Good video !!.

musicksol says:

LOL of course this guy wants you to rent modems…. as he’s sponsored by them

Noureddine Elaroussi says:

I just bought my Arris DOCSIS 3.0 modem WiFi combo for 128.00, it should last me a good 4 years at least before I need to upgrade, and if that time comes I would’ve saved at least 200.00 as opposed to renting,. Did you know that DOC-SIS 2.0 CAME OUT IN 2001 and the new DOC-SIS 3.0 came out in 2006, it’s been 10 years now on the same technology, the only thing been changing is channel bonding and stuff wouldn’t normally notice. In conclusion, this video is biased big time, Xfinity being the blood suckers that they are they’re trying to milk every penny out their customers for as long as they can, they hate for you to buy your own box, that is millions or maybe billions of dollars a year lost if everybody stars to wake up and ditch the rental fees.

Logan Braveheart says:

u are a damn fool to rent a modem point blank

Tim Mencarelli says:

Get a good brand new modem with a *descent built in router* (do your research)$185.00…plug it in…hook up the cable and BAM…your good to go for five years.   $15 modem and router rental each month for 5 years  = $900….yea, keep on renting.  And any moron can figure out how this shit works… I did …hehe    Tech is pretty much plug and play now days, don’t let this guy scare you….he must be the cable guy.

Brad Maestas says:

I’ve moved a lot and have had a lot of different ISPs over the years and I have to say, it’s been my experience that as long as you’re not a jerk on the phone, you can get most problems resolved with calls to your ISP and tech manufacturers. I started out leasing my equipment as most do. When I moved to cable somewhere around 2001 I began buying my own equipment and it quickly paid off, especially when I stayed with a service for more than two years. Coincidentally I just moved again and signed up for Comcast Xfinity Blast Pro. I’m running it over an ARRIS SB8200 and ASUS RT-AC88U. Slotted for 200 down but regularly get 250-260. Good luck achieving that with a company gateway.

Bryant NorCal says:

Brought to you by Xfinity 3:23…all I had to know…lol.

Irving Pena says:

you just save me some $$$$$ and time… thank youuuuuuuuuu

Deepak Saini says:

normal useing see display problem like normal press to display sound come or not

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