STOP flushing money down the drain leasing a cable modem!

When was the last time you looked carefully at your monthly cable bill? If your cable operator is also providing your Internet service, you may not have noticed, but in addition to the cost for Internet access, they are also charging you $10 (or more) every month to lease the cable modem. The cable modem is the device that connects your PC or router to the coax wire from your cable operator.

Most cable providers allow you to purchase and use your own cable modem without an additional fee. So why lease a cable modem for $10 (or more) every month, which would cost you $600 over 5 years, when you can simply purchase your own for less than $70. It makes little economic sense to continue to pay a leasing fee when you don't have to.

The cable modem we recommend that you purchase is the Arris / Motorola SURFboard SB6141. This cable modem incorporates the latest DOCSIS 3.0 cable technology and supports download data speeds of up to 343 Mbps. Of course, the data speed you actually experience will depend on the service tier to which you subscribe to with your cable provider.

Arris / Motorola SURFboard SB6141

The SB6141 SURFboard cable modem is on the "approve" lists for the following cable operators: Comcast (Xfinity), Time Warner Cable , Bright House, Cox and CableOne. Though there are other modems on the "approved" lists, we recommend the SURFboard cable modem because Arris / Motorola is the leading equipment supplier to the cable TV industry, with over 60 years of experience. Arris / Motorola has sold over 135 million SURFboard cable modems of various models to all the major cable operators worldwide.

Also read: How Time Warner Cable subscribers can save $135 a year per TV

It's very easy to install your own cable modem and connect the Ethernet cable to your PC or WiFi router. If you are replacing an existing cable modem, just remove the coax and Ethernet cables from your existing modem and plug them into the cable jack and Ethernet port on your new modem. Then call your cable provider's Customer Service to activate the new modem. They will ask for the MAC address of the new modem, which can be usually found on a label, on the bottom of the device. Don't forget to return the old modem to your cable provider; otherwise you will continue to be charged a leasing fee every month until it is returned.

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