If you are a CenturyLink subscriber, CenturyLink has most likely offered you the ‘golden opportunity’ to rent a modem from them rather than use your own CenturyLink compatible modem.
While it might seem like a simple solution, it is not the best idea.
CenturyLink charges customers $9.99 a month to rent a modem from them. Beyond that, using their modem will never get you the level of performance and security that you can get from your own modem. We reveal the reasons why.
Top Reasons To Get Your Own CenturyLink Approved Modem
Eliminate Rental Fees
CenturyLink charges its customers $9.99 a month to rent a modem from them. That quickly adds up to $119.88 a year which is about the cost of a new modem that you would get to own. Buying a modem outright will save you money in the long run.
CenturyLink might offer modems that work well for the average internet user. But if you plan on streaming videos and have multiple devices on your network, you will never get the performance you need from CenturyLink’s stock modem, which you will get from one you buy specifically for your needs.
Your home layout is going to be different than other CenturyLink subscribers. CenturyLink does not know the size of your home, how many walls you have and how far the signal needs to go. You can get extended coverage by choosing your own compatible modem rather than going with what CenturyLink rents to you.
Make Sure That You're Getting A CenturyLink Compatible Modem
Not all modems are going to work with your CenturyLink internet. You have to make sure that you are getting a DSL modem that is compatible with CenturyLink. Remember, cable modems will not work with CenturyLink as CenturyLink provides a DSL connection.
Look through CenturyLink’s list of approved modems and confirm that the modem you want is listed there as a compatible modem. You will also see there are different types of DSL choices that you can get in a modem, but as long as it is a CenturyLink approved DSL modem, you will be good to go.
How To Install Your New Modem (Router)
- Plug in the modem to the power outlet.
- If you still have a landline phone service, you will also need a splitter so the phone line can reach both your modem and your phone. Connect the cord from your modem to your phone jack.
- Connect one end of the Ethernet cord into the modem and the other into your computer.
- Open a browser on your computer to the address listed with your modem and follow the instructions to finish your setup.
3 Best CenturyLink Compatible Modems For 2020
1. Motorola MD1600
2. TP-Link D7
3. Zyxel C1100Z
1. Motorola MD1600 VDSL2/ADSL2+ Modem Router
Best CenturyLink Approved Modem (Editor's Choice)
Our pick for the best CenturyLink compatible modem is the Motorola MD1600. This is a VDSL2/ADSL+ modem with a built-in AC1600 router. The modem delivers DSL speeds up to 100 Mbps, depending on your quality of service.
The built-in AC1600 router has four Gigabit Ethernet ports, a firewall, WPA/WPA2 wireless security, IPv4 and IPv6 support as well as a VPN. The Ethernet ports mean that you can support computers, HDTVs, and gaming consoles, ensuring that all of your favourite devices receive uninterrupted service. There is also a USB 2.0 port that will allow you to attach a USB storage device directly to it. Since there is a network attached storage, you will be able to media share when you want to.
Design-wise, the MD1600 is made to save space while keeping wires out of sight. The setup of the modem is straight forward and user friendly as well.
2. TP-Link Archer D7 ADSL2+ Modem Router
For a high performance CenturyLink approved modem, check out the TP-Link Archer D7. This is an ADSL2+ modem with a built-in router.
The Archer D7 has two multi-functional USB 2.0 ports so you can share a printer with multiple devices across your network or share files within your network. You can also login to the ftp server when you are not at home.
You will also get guest network access, giving you secure access for guests on your network without exposing any private access or personal data. You can control what your network guests can do when they are on your network.
The best features that you will get from the Archer D7 include the one Gigabit LAN/WAN port and the three Gigabit LAN ports, making this a great modem router unit for networks with heavy users who need extensive bandwidth and uninterrupted service. This is a great choice for video streaming and online gaming.
3. Zyxel C1100Z VDSL2 Wireless Gateway
If you are more in the market for a budget friendly CenturyLink supported modem, the Zyxel C1100Z is an excellent choice. The C1100Z has a built-in wireless router and it supports VDSL2.
The C1100Z has speeds up to 300 Mbps as well as an 802.11 access point. With the built-in router you can rest assured that you will still get the WiFi that you need throughout your entire network. The biggest difference between this modem and a high performance modem is that you will not get all of the extra security and features.
The C100Z also has an auto detect CenturyLink network configuration. This does not have the easiest setup as well, so you will need to make sure that you follow the instructions closely. Unlike some of the other modems on the market, the Zyxel C1100Z really only works with CenturyLink and is not made to accommodate other ISPs.