Quote:> Hey Aaron,
> Two reasons NOT to own your modem:
I know this buy vs rent debate has gone on forever, but put me in the camp
in favor of ownership
Quote:> Ron Hunter is correct, YOUR modem....YOUR warranty/replacement
> responsibility. Of course, if yours dies, then Cable Co. will install
> until you can replace yours. What a headache!
It may be true that if one's modem should break down it would be easier to
have the Cable Co. replace it if it is their own. However, in reality I've
being following this NG for a couple of years and lets face it this NG isn't
flooded with people who own their modems constantly complaining about theirs
being broken. So the truth is if you own your own modem, the likelyhood of
it breaking down isn't that great. If in some case my Toshiba does break
down, I still have about another three years left on the warranty so it
won't cost me anything to have it replaced.
With the money I saved by not renting, my modem is now paid off.
Quote:> Cable Co. may soon be upgrading the modem if they add Voice over IP (phone
> service) to the system. If you want the VoIP, then you will have your
> up for sale. And, after they roll out VoIP in your area, you might own a
> worthless modem.
> Just a thought.
> VoIP comes to Iowa 4th Q.
Let's see what else have we got coming from cable? Docsis 2? Fiber to Home?
The fact is many service providers are in financial dire straits so don't
except them to spend huge amounts of money on upgrades anytime in the near
Anyhow in conclusion I guess it all boils down to your prespective. If you
want to save money in the long run and aren't worried about something
happening to your modem then owning is for you. If on the other hand you
want peace of mind and are worried that something will go wrong then renting
is for you.
> > I have Charter High Speed Cable service in Wisconsin. They charge a $5
> > month rental fee for using their modem (thieves). I was wondering:
> > 1. If any cable modem would be compatible with Charter's service? If
> > how do I know which modem to use?
> > 2. What my best bet for a cable modem would be (Brand/Model)?
> > 3. Approximately how much a cable modem will cost?
> > 4. Where is the best place to purchase a cable modem?
> > Sorry if this has been posted before, I searched previous posts and I
> > not find anything.
> > Thanks for your help,
> > Aaron