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 $45 shipped, the best price we’ve ever seen. It’ll pay for itself eventually no matter what it costs, but this is a great opportunity to save a decent chunk of change on this particular model. Refurb [Arris SB6141 SURFboard eXtreme DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem, $45]
If you need faster maximum speeds (686 mbps downstream vs. 343 on the 6141), the step-up SB6183 is on sale for $65 as well. [Refurb Arris SB6183 SURFboard eXtreme DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem, $65]
And if you you want to save a few extra bucks, the entry level SB6121 is available for $35, but honestly, I wouldn’t recommend it for that price over the 6141. [Refurb Arris SB6121 SURFboard eXtreme DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem, $35]
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