Stop flushing your money down the drain leasing a cable modem!

When was the last time you looked carefully at your monthly cable bill? Did you know that there is a line item on your bill, charging you a fee to lease the cable modem used for your Internet service? Depending on your cable provider, that line item costs you an extra $6 to $7 every month.

Most cable providers allow you to use your own cable modem without an additional fee. So why pay $420 over 5 years to lease a cable modem ($7 every month), when you can simply purchase your own modem for a one-time cost of a little over $60? 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 SB6121. This cable modem incorporates the latest DOCSIS 3.0 cable technology and supports download data speeds of up to 172 Mbps. Of course, the data speed you actually experience will depend on the service tier to which you subscribe. For the fastest service tiers offered, some cable providers may require you use the SURFBoard SB6141, which is slightly more expensive, but supports download data speeds of up to 343 Mbps.

Arris / Motorola SURFboard SB6121 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

The SURFboard cable modems are on the "approve" lists for the following cable providers: Comcast (Xfinity), Time Warner Cable , Bright House, Cox and CableOne. Though there are other modems on the "approved" lists, we recommend the SURFboard cable modems because Arris / Motorola is the leading equipment supplier to the cable TV industry, with over 60 years of experience. Arris / Motorola has sold over 70 million SURFboard cable modems of various models to all the major cable providers worldwide.

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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. This will require your providing the MAC address of the new modem, which can be usually found on the bottom of the device. Don't forget to return the old modem to your cable provider; you will be charged a leasing fee every month until it is returned.

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