You and I both can agree that saving money on one’s internet service has passed the budget-conscience mind at least once. But, what if you don’t want to lower your service level? Say you’re paying $60 a month on a 30mbps up and 5mbps down speed with your cable internet service provider (ISP), and you had the cable guy install your modem/router or gateway with Wi-Fi, and also a hard line to your desktop computer. Great! It’s all working fine and dandy, but you get the bill and are reminded by the rental fee they told you about. You may have forgotten there ever was more than that $60 to pay, but were surprised anyway to see an extra $6 added that reads “Modem Rental Fee”.
I’m here to tell you there’s an easy way to cut that extra fee out of the equation. Have you ever heard of BYOM, “Bring Your Own Modem”? No? Good, because I made it up. You can easily start cutting out the modem rental fee by purchasing a modem or gateway that is compatible with your cable ISP. I will focus here on purchasing a modem over a gateway, because I personally feel it’s a better setup to use a separate modem and router. A modem can save you money in the long run, and give you options for upgrades in the future, you can say it’s a more future proof setup, assuming you will have cable internet for a number of years. A good DOCSIS™ 3.0 Cable Modem is your best bet to receive the fastest speeds possible with the level plan you have coming in to your home or business. In fact, most cable ISPs require that you have DOCSIS™ 3.0.
OK, I Bought A Modem – How Do I Set It Up?
Simply calling your ISP can help prompt you on their particular setup. Our award winning DOCSIS™ 3.0 Cable Modem (DCM-301) is compatible with Time Warner, Comcast, Cox Cable, and many others. Make sure when you shop around for a cable modem that you check to see that it’s compatible with your current ISP. Normally they have a list online you can refer to.
Another great thing about modems is how easy they are to setup; start by calling your ISP and listening to what the representative asks of you on the other end and you’ll get through it quickly. I set mine up in under 15 minutes. You will be prompted at one point on the call to provide the MAC address of your modem, which can normally be found printed on the bottom.
What You Need:
When you are fully installed after setting up over the phone with your ISP; make sure to ask them if you need to send in the old modem/gateway. For example, Time Warner requires that you return your old equipment (with the power supply) to one of their local service stores to see your rental fee diminish on the next bill.
Just by following BYOM you can save money every month by getting rid of modem rental fees. Hopefully this short guide has prompted you to take a little action and save yourself from paying to rent something that you can own. DOCSIS™ 3.0 is projected to have a 10 year future-proof lifespan; most can save on the first year of ownership.
May your modem live long and prosper.