Question about Cable Modems and buying one.

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by psx2000, Dec 28, 2002.

  1. psx2000

    psx2000 Guest

    Ok my service provider in Hawaii is TIME WARNER.

    We have cable service (road runner) and it comes with a free surfboard modem.

    Latley I noticed the local stores selling cable modems etc and was curious......

    Are they any advantages to owning your own cable modem?
    Are all cable modems the same ?
    Do you get better speeds or connections by buying a certain brand? Basiclly should if i buy a cable modem is it any better then sticking with the free one?
  2. Iceman

    Iceman Moderator

    and no

    stick with the free one, unless your running servers and such, but this is only my opinion

  3. Nick M

    Nick M Moderator

    It really does not matter. Go with the free one. I have a free one, it's been up for like 6 months now, no problems with it.
  4. psx2000

    psx2000 Guest

    Ok thanks for the info. I dont get why folks buy there own cable modems ....

    I honestly tought maybe it would help the speed a tad or connection.

    Thanks for the help.
  5. Nick M

    Nick M Moderator

    Sure thing. I would get my own modem if the cable company didn't supply one, or if I wanted to do a mod on it.

    Put heatsinks on the chips, a fan, and perhaps lighting :)
    I would want a smaller/sleeker/or maybe larger modem then the one supplied, do to these things.

    Just an idea :)
  6. zoey

    zoey Guest

    Go with the cable co. They will replace their own stuff if it goes bad, and you know technology, it may just go bad. Mine did twice in 3 years.
  7. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

    New York City
    I was given the option of renting it from the cable company or buying it.
    I decided to buy it (a Toshiba PCX1100U) since I'm never planning to go back to 56k again :p, and it turns out to be more cost-effective than paying a monthly fee.

    But since you're getting it free, stick to it. I don't see any advantage in buying one.
  8. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Sacramento, CA
    a lot of cable providers charge you a monthly modem rental like mine. in that case it can be a good idea to buy your own and save money in the long run.

    but when you have your own modem, your provider will probably blame it on that if you ever call with service issues.