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Xfinity modem cost #5346370 02/10/20 04:52 PM
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I am paying $14 per month to rent a modem from Comcast. It offers two features 1. voice activate for TV and if it breaks, I can exchange it. BEST BUY has several units that might offer some long term savings but, prices vary from $75 upwards. Can anyone offer some advice based on their experience with second party modems? Thank you so much for any help. Ed Hayes


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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MA5U1FW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I bought one for the church camp I have setup WIFI at. Comcast gave me a list of supported modems and this was on it.

I wanted a plain modem, no voice or WIFI. We have Ubiquity products for WIFI.

But we also have a Comcast modem/VOIP box that brings in the voice. Its another box connected to the coax cable. No data. That we pay the $14 or so monthly rental fee for. They will not let us buy our own box for voice.

I actually do not think we saved anything by buying our own cable modem for data. It was explained to me that you pay a certain fee for rental. It does not change if you have a modem for voip and another for data or just a modem for voip. However we wanted one without WIFI that we could have a spare for and swap in the spare with only a call to Comcast. We cannot wait for a Comcast service call if the cable modem fails.

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Re: Xfinity modem cost [Re: Eddie] #5346381 02/10/20 05:03 PM
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I refuse to pay Comcast a penny more than I have too. My modem is good for up to 300mbps, which is fine since I’m on 100Mbps. Think I paid $100 or $120 for it 6 years ago? But no issues with it at all. $168 a year to rent theirs would have cost me $1,008 over that 6 years.


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Re: Xfinity modem cost [Re: Eddie] #5346397 02/10/20 05:14 PM
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Well I'm kind of a fan of Arris but any on Comcast's list will do. The key is whether you have voice or not. If you don't have voice, there are a lot more choices, if you have voice, you need to get one that supports voice otherwise it won't work.

Oh yeah, just checked, paid almost $200 for mine about 4 years ago.

Not sure when they went to $14 month, back then it was about $10 a month so I've probably saved over $300+ by having my own.

Plus the nice thing is when you have your own modem, they don't enable the Xfinity hotspot so strangers can use your bandwidth for free.

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When you rent from comcast they make a public wifi out of your house, and at your expense, and don't pay you rent to operate out of your house, let that sink in..

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I have used my own Modem and Wireless Router for years. Have saved quite a bit of money doing so.

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Originally Posted by hunter2929
When you rent from comcast they make a public wifi out of your house, and at your expense, and don't pay you rent to operate out of your house, let that sink in..


I saw that in the news but if they do then one should see those networks when you use a tool to list out all the nearby WIFI.


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Re: Xfinity modem cost [Re: hunter2929] #5346418 02/10/20 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by hunter2929
When you rent from comcast they make a public wifi out of your house, and at your expense, and don't pay you rent to operate out of your house, let that sink in..


Just look for the Xfinitywifi hotspot. You can shut it off, but if you have your own modem, it's not even turned on.

https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/disable-xfinity-wifi-home-hotspot

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Depends on your location, you might need to get a DOCSIS 3.1 modem because they are starting to grandfather the DOCSIS 3.0 modem already. Definitely don't pay $14 a month renting. Also make sure you don't pay more for those integrated wifi modem, you are usually better off keeping them separate so it is easier to upgrade or replace in the future.


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Re: Xfinity modem cost [Re: Eddie] #5346422 02/10/20 05:33 PM
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I bought a Netgear about three years ago, It paid for itself in 10 months so if it breaks it's still better than renting. Can buy a replacement faster than going to Comcast. They don't seem to break too fast. Added Ooma to that for $5/mo.
I get on others hotspots when I can. Another good deal is Xfinity Mobile for 12-13/mo with 1 gig data. I just got it. Can run off your hotspot with that too. laugh

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I've had my own Arris modem for Brighthouse/Spectrum for years. Saved a bunch of money before Brighthouse turned into Spectrum and now include the modem free, I think. I'm still using mine. Having a separate router is superior to the all in one stuff they probably have locked down and with few features. And you don't have public wifi coming out of your equipment as others have pointed out.


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Re: Xfinity modem cost [Re: Eddie] #5346447 02/10/20 05:55 PM
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Arris used to be Motorola , and was the largest maker of cable modems for a long time. Unless you have Gigabit service, just get the basic model and add your own wifi access points. It costs around $70.

https://smile.amazon.com/ARRIS-SURFboard-SB6183-Docsis-Packaging/dp/B00MA5U1FW/ref=sxin_1_ac_d_pm?ac_md=1-0-VW5kZXIgJDEwMA%3D%3D-ac_d_pm&cv_ct_cx=arris+cable+modem&keywords=arris+cable+modem&pd_rd_i=B00MA5U1FW&pd_rd_r=3f7271e8-ca14-4f8c-9351-28bf57230385&pd_rd_w=8EbdT&pd_rd_wg=gmaEV&pf_rd_p=0e223c60-bcf8-4663-98f3-da892fbd4372&pf_rd_r=R4WA0RDQH7K86W93ZDFB&psc=1&qid=1581375162&sr=1-1-22d05c05-1231-4126-b7c4-3e7a9c0027d0

The midrange model is good if you might want to upgrade in the near future $85:

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B016PE1X5K/ref=emc_b_5_t



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I use the Motorola Model MT7711 for my phone and internet through Comcast. Works great.


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Originally Posted by Eddie
I am paying $14 per month to rent a modem from Comcast. It offers two features 1. voice activate for TV and if it breaks, I can exchange it. BEST BUY has several units that might offer some long term savings but, prices vary from $75 upwards. Can anyone offer some advice basted on their experience with second party modems? Thank you so much for any help. Ed Hayes


We just added Comcast landline phone (not cellular) so I had to get a new one that supported VOIP.

I just bought one of these for $76 (regular $157) because it was on the approved list by Comcast.
Arris SBV3202

It replaced an Arris SB8200 that I previously bought for $112 (regular $169).
Arris SB8200

Three points I'll make:

1. I got both modems at great prices by using Amazon Warehouse (their scratch n dent / returns / closeout part of their website). If you haven't been there, you can find great deals. I replaced my daughter's front rotors for $7 each shipped to my door.

2. Try to determine the number of download/upload channels any prospective modems have. You should be looking for 32/8. Older models may only have 24/6, 24/4, or even 16/4.

3.Get DOCSIS 3.1 if possible. It is replacing 3.0 as the new standard. My previous SB8200 is 3.1, capable of 10 GIG (!) download speeds. My new phone line model is only 3.0 so it is limited to 400 Meg speeds. Since I only pay for 200 Meg speeds, that is fine for the moment.

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Im on the Docsis 3 modem and it did cost some coin up front but its worth avoiding rental fee and I get to keep it.


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