Every modem rental fee you pay to your ISP is padding for their bottom line, and a total rip-off for you. Fortunately, you can buy your own modem for a small upfront cost in today’s Amazon Gold Box, and recoup the cost in savings on your monthly bill. [Motorola Modem Gold Box]
There’s a general consensus that Motorola’s SB6141 is the best modem for most cable internet subscribers, but it usually runs in the $80-$90 range. Today only though, you can score a refurb from Amazon for $50 shipped, the best price we’ve ever seen. [Refurb Motorola SB6141 Modem, $50]
You can also opt to save $10 with the lower-end SB6121, which maxes out at 172mbps downstream vs. 343. Personally, I’d just spend the ten extra dollars and hope that your ISP increases their speeds some day. [Refurb Motorola SB6121 Modem, $50]
And if you just want one box to act as your modem and your wireless router, this $70 option is basically an SB6141 with an 802.11n router built in. That’s probably fine for a small apartment, but I’d probably recommend a discrete, more powerful router for anything larger. [Refurb Motorola SBG6580 Modem/Router, $70]
No matter which one you choose, just remember that these prices are only available today, but they’re likely to sell out early. [Amazon]
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