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If you have not discovered the benefits of buying your own modem, rather than renting one through your ISP, we are here to help. CompatibleModem.com lists supported modems for all of the major ISPs, from Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, SuddenLink, WOW, Mediacom to CenturyLink and Verizon.
We want to help you avoid paying excess rental fees and get you hooked up with better, faster internet. Buying your own modem means lower investments, better performance, more security, and even more control over your network.
Top Reasons To Get Your Own Cable Modem
Save On Rental Fees
Why pay a monthly rental fee for a modem that will pay for itself after a few short months? Buying your own modem is far more cost effective than renting one from your ISP. On average, ISPs charge $10 a month in rental fees for you to use their modem. That quickly adds up to $120 a year. Paying the initial investment upfront will save you money in the long run.
Better Performance & Faster Internet
Your rental modem will not deliver faster internet than a modem that caters specifically for your household needs. Your rental modem will, in most likelihood not support the newer internet technology that your ISP uses. Your modem should be DOCSIS 3.0 or 3.1 so it can handle the awesome fast speed internet your ISP delivers.
Extended Coverage In Your House
Your internet provider does not know the layout of your network. It does not know how many rooms you have or how many mobile devices you need to connect. When you get your own cable modem, you will be able to choose the range that you need. If you have a larger space, you can make sure that you have the range that you really need from your own modem.
Some networks require parental controls, strong fire walls, or even VPNs. You know what kind of security that you need to keep your network safe. The kind of modem that you will rent from your ISP will not have the security that you can get from your own modem. Their modems may be too basic to allow for the type of security that you need.
More Control Over Your Network
Rental modems have restricted access to the control interface, leaving you unable to tweak your network. By buying your own modem, you gain access to monitor your network, troubleshoot internet problems when they arise, check internet usage by various connected devices and more. With your own modem, you can even use third party firmware to really control your network.
Different Types Of Internet Connection
Cable internet works with your cable internet subscriber. This is the same subscription service that you would get your cable internet from. It works through a connection to a cable jack, using a coaxial cable running from the wall to your modem. Cable speeds range from 20 Mbps to 300 Mbps, with speeds varying on the provider, the modem, and your network conditions. DOCSIS 3.1 cable modems are the most recent release and will deliver the fastest speeds.
DSL internet runs through your telephone line, hooking up to your phone jack in your wall and then to your modem. DSL means “digital subscriber line.” It uses a line separate from your phone line so it will not interfere with your phone connection. DSL’s speeds are usually up to 100 Mbps, meaning it is not always as fast as cable, but it is also not as impacted when your neighbours use the same ISP.
Fiber internet uses fiber-optic lines, which are small strands of plastic or glass that carry small transmissions of light. Unlike the copper wires that DSL uses that were initially meant only for voice transmission, fiber is designed to transmit data. Depending on the availability of your fiber network, fiber can reach speeds up to 1 Gbps, or even higher. On average it gets about 100 Mbps. If your home is not setup for fiber, you will need a technician to run the cables to your home.
Satellite internet is usually a great option for people who live remotely and cannot get service through other ISPs. Satellite uses the satellites orbiting the Earth, sending a signal up and back again. Satellite is the slowest type of internet because the signal has to travel to great lengths before returning. Most plans can offer speeds from 12 Mbps to 100 Mbps, but 25 is the current FCC standard. While it can be slow, you can still stream using it.