If you’re trying to decide between renting or buying a modem, this article is for you. When weighing the benefits of renting vs. buying a modem it’s best to start by calculating the monthly rental fee vs potential savings. Keep in mind that each Internet Service Provider uses a different modem, meaning AT&T’s won’t work with Comcast’s so choose wisely.
If you’re planning on staying with your service provider for a year or more, you’ll save more money if you buy a modem–especially if they regularly increase your monthly rental fee. Buying a modem for $120 or less means you’ll break even on your investment after a year.
If the equipment rental fee is $10 a month or less and you plan on moving, upgrading or switching ISPs after a few months, you’re probably better off renting a modem. It’s also easier to get tech support when you rent a modem but you can end up giving the company that owns it access to your information and settings.