View Full Version : need best deal for buying cable modem???
07-27-2000, 05:38 AM
i have cable modem service and I can save $10/month by buying an external cable modem instead of leasing it...I have the RCA modem, its $249 at circuit city, about $200 used on fleabay...arent there any better deals out there??
Seems like nobody sells these things!! I think Toshiba makes one too, id prefer the RCA but really want to find a deal on this...any help???
07-27-2000, 09:22 AM
Buying is not always the best option. That $10 a month goes a long way. For one, if the modem fails and you are leasing it, just call and the cable company brings out a new one. If you bought it, you gotta go thru RCA, which could be fun to say the least. Two, who know what modem your cable company will be using a year from now. My cable company has switched once already, in a little over a year. At $10 a month, it's gonna take you about 20 months(most cable modems are about $200 street) to pay it back. In that time, will your cable company switch modems?
Just some things to consider before buying one.
It also VERY tough to find any type of good deal on cable modems at this point.
07-27-2000, 09:45 AM
Roadrunner in my area also keeps upgrading their modems. I just got a 3COM Cable modem,much better than the toshiba that originally came, it is much faster, which maybe due to the fact that they just put in a new terabit router, the first in the country for cable service.
07-28-2000, 03:03 AM
interesting!! so we may be getting upgraded modems?? anyone else know of any deals on purchasing the modems?
07-28-2000, 03:40 AM
Hey, I just bought a GI Surfboard 3100 or something and it is the best thing I ever bought. I got it for like 200 on ebay and it is worth a lot more. It is the fasted modem available and it rules. I go so much faster on it with my knew modem then the old Cox modem. You need to call your cable provider and find out what kind you can get. You probably need a docsis compatable one and I recomment the Surfboard, it is worth it and not many know about it yet cause it hasn't been mass made yet. They are only selling limited amounts of them to employees.
where are you located, I am on Mediaone/Roadrunner in South Fla, and using a toshiba. I was wondering where they put the new systems in..
07-28-2000, 09:36 AM
Yeah, I recently bought a GI 3100 as well. I recluctantly paid retail ($250) vs sending some kid $200 on fleabay. I save $15/mo by purchasing my own modem so this really made sense. This modem will pay for itself in less than 1.5 yrs so, if I were you, I would just buy the best now...and a few years from now think of selling it and buying another. $15/mo for the rental is just robbery.
07-28-2000, 11:22 AM
I am in Massachusetts.
I just hope the service isn't downgraded after MediaOne's Merger with AT&T. There
have been talks of leaving RoadRunner as a
seperate company under the umbrella of AT&T
since it doing so well.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by essm:
where are you located, I am on Mediaone/Roadrunner in South Fla, and using a toshiba. I was wondering where they put the new systems in..<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
07-28-2000, 12:56 PM
The advice on leasing is solid.
At the moment, there is no real standard for cable modems. There are a couple of specifications, but at the moment we're pretty much at the same stage as we were with x2/v.90 56k modems not so very long ago.
There mill most likely be a v.something standard decided upon (if there isn't already), and eventually most companies will migrate to that standard. That'll be the time when it is safe to go out and buy a cable modem. However, there's currently nothing to stop a cable company switching from one type to another as they see fit, instantly making your own cable modem useless.
Leasing is your best defence against this at the moment. Let the technology mature and settle down...in a year or two, things should be a bit more stable.
when at&T takes over your area, if they switch the name of your provider to at&t cable, they will most likely provide you with a motorolla modem. they use motorolla pretty much everywhere, the good thing is you can complain if you get a crappy modem and they will upgrade it to the top of the line for free. i have one and it is fast as hell. and when you have problems, having that leased modem really makes life simple.
07-28-2000, 01:10 PM
Hey guys does anyone know where i can get info. on what CABLE carriers I can subscribe to? I live in the SAN FERNANDO VALLEY 818 in North Hollywood.
07-29-2000, 04:13 AM
wow i guess i should forget about the idea of buying the cable modem! especially at todays prices...i DO have AT&T cable modem service and they give the RCA modem...i havent had any problems in 4 months
07-29-2000, 08:58 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by att:
when at&T takes over your area, if they switch the name of your provider to at&t cable, they will most likely provide you with a motorolla modem. they use motorolla pretty much everywhere, the good thing is you can complain if you get a crappy modem and they will upgrade it to the top of the line for free. i have one and it is fast as hell. and when you have problems, having that leased modem really makes life simple.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I'm about to get att cable modem....do you know which model is the crappy one, and which model is the top of the line?
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