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#1 ashworth

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 11:10 AM

Is it worth buying your own modem instead of renting it from from your local cable provider. They are charging us $3.00 a month.

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 01:55 PM

idk but id like to know the same cuz im moveing and ill be going from paying 45 bucks a month to 55 to 77 bucks a month depending on the speed

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 03:59 PM

As far as performance and reliability it depends on what the cable provider offers for a modem. The big difference is you won't be paying 3 bucks a month and if you have the service for a year your modem is paid for depending on what modem you buy. Another plus is you can get a Cable modem with built in wireless support so an external router is not needed. The draw back is if your modem gets fried it doesn't get replaced for free. Edit: a good surge suppressor will help this and it will be under warranty for at least a year.

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 04:44 PM

Sneakycyber,

That's the way I am thinking! The router is the Linksys BEFCMU10 ($35.00 fron Ebay) with the warranty, I already have a Linksys wireless router WRTS54GS.

My network setup is:

MAC G5 Tower w/OS10-Tiger
Apple laptop wOS10-Tiger
PC Clone w/WIN PRO XP
Dell Laptop w/2000 NT

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 05:04 PM

Ensure the version of the device before buying it. i currently use that model version 4 and many of the previous versions are no longer supported by Cox or Comcast. Best bet is to buy a new one from a retailer. While they may be cheaper used modems are a hit and miss over eBay (of course the same can be said for all hardware but modems are the worst IMO) there are 2 ways into a cable modem (the cable and the power) either one can fry a modem real quick if hit by lightning.

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 05:13 PM

Here is a direct link to the Cox web page that lists the modems supported, I don't know who your ISP is, but this is an example of versioning that manfacturers use: http://support.cox.com/sdccommon/asp/contentredirect.asp

your linksys model is listed, but you must be able to identify the version before purchasing it.
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Posted 24 August 2007 - 05:18 PM

Its ver.4 and my provider is Charter Cable ( they suck)! Only been with a week and customer service is either voicemail or email!

My setup it protected with a APC battery/surge protector.


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Posted 24 August 2007 - 05:41 PM

Hi! All!! Oldf@rt I tried to go to the link you had provided and I came up with an Error message that said it could not be found. Just thought I'd let you know and I really would like to take a look there myself.

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 06:03 PM

Iodine the link is (i think the word is) Dynamic. Go to support.cox.com->Your locality->Under "Learning Center" Cable Modems-> Under "Select the Solution Name" Cable Modem Overview

Edited by BlackSpyder, 24 August 2007 - 06:04 PM.

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 07:30 PM

Sorry about that, Iodine, and thanks BlackSpyder! (the link is dynamic, and I just gave away my age)
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Posted 25 August 2007 - 07:43 AM

It's the luck of the draw here - you're betting $3 a month that the modem will fail - the ISP is betting that it won't fail before they recoup the cost of the modem.

My modem has lasted me for over 4 years - others I know have had them die in the first year. Worst case is that it dies 1 day after the manufacturer's warranty has expired.
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Posted 01 September 2007 - 12:28 PM

Thanks for all the input!!!

I got the modem (ver.3) up and running! And its working fine! They had me do a speed test here are the numbers:

10s outbound test - 293.09Kb/s
10s inbound test - 2.87Mb/s

My plan is a 3meg system.

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 01:39 PM

Another little thing just type in http://192.168.100.1 in the address bar, and you should connect directly to the firmware of your cable modem and be able to see complete status, errors, etc.
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Posted 01 September 2007 - 04:12 PM

Thanks oldf@rt. I didn't know I could do that from my PC. Is there a way to check on my router too?

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 04:27 PM

The ip of the router depends on the brand. Linksys: http://192.168.1.1, Netgear: http://192.168.0.1 or http://10.0.0.1

check this link: http://compnetworking.about.com/od/working...outeripaddr.htm
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