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Old 08-07-2019, 03:50 AM
 
Location: Enfield, CT
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Hi guys,
Getting my first actual apartment and signed up for Xfinity for my cable and internet provider. Not sure if I should rent or buy the modem/router they offer. It is 200$ to buy and you must do the updates yourself and if something goes wrong it is my responsibility to fix. Or I can lease it for 13$/mo. for my 2 year contract and they do the updating and if something goes wrong they fix it. Not sure what to do. Also if I were to get my own, any suggestions as what to get? I hear Arris alot as a recommendation.

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Old 08-07-2019, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Buy. These things rarely break as there are no moving parts.
There are a lot of modems you can buy, not just the $200 one.

They list them on the website.
You can get a modem AND router for less then $200.

https://www.xfinity.com/support/arti...d-cable-modems

Congrats on the new place.
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Old 08-13-2019, 05:17 PM
 
Location: 5,400 feet
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I've had Comcast internet for many years and when they raised the monthly modem rental from $3 to $5 (11-13 years ago) I bought my own. I've replaced the original twice, one was due to failure the other to DOC 3.0 Ive also own my own router for 6-7 years. I paid about $210 for both. Rental would have been many multiples of that.
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Old 08-15-2019, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Buy, buy, buy! At least buy your own router.
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Old 08-15-2019, 01:12 PM
 
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Renting a modem is like renting a phone which was pretty common 40 or 50 years ago. I had a modem once for ten years, only reason I changed it was because the specs changed to DOCIS3 which was a major change with support for ipv6. Going forward such a major change is unlikely.
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