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 relatively small upfront cost, and knock a few bucks off your monthly bill.
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 Woot for $55 shipped. You can also opt to save $10 with the lower-end SB6121, which maxes out at 172mbps downstream vs. 343. vs. Either way, they’ll pay for themselves in short order. [Refurb Motorola Modems, $45-$55]
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