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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 5:55 am    Post subject: Cable Box Rent or Buy? Reply with quote Back to top

I have always used the cable companies (RR) box and have switched versions 4 times over 5 years.
i am moving to another area and another cable company (Charter)
Looking for thoughts as to leasing or buying one outright, especially if anyone has any issues with Charter.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Personally I have had good experience with Charter when I lived in Dallas. Good speeds, uptime etc.
As for the modem, personally I would rent one from them. That way if anything ever happens, you can just swap it out at the local office...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

How much do they want to rent it out?

I'd just buy one. They are cheap, and will most likely save you money in the long run.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

We have Charter in the St. Louist area and are very happy with it.

They were originally charging $5/mo for the modem, and we bought our own very early on (2+ years now). We had no problems getting it configured with Charter.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I've been a cable company sub-contractor for several years now.

Rent it from the cable company.

Just like my earlier suggestion with getting your boxes directly from Vonage vs. retail, if you get the box directly from the company you get the benefit of:

a) free replacement if it destroys itself
b) free upgrades to newer equipment
c) free replacement if it destroys itself

Sure cable boxes, routers and modems are cheap and you will save yourself money after the first year or two, but after that first year or two your box is probably going to be outdated and when you want to upgrade you'll be stuck with a box you no longer want to use and nobody else wants either (unless its super-duper-hackable, in which case you probably won't want to upgrade anyhow).
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Take the one from the cable company. I'm not sure what kind of discount Charter gives on the service if you own your own modem, but here in Raleigh, NC Time Warner doesn't give a discount for owning your own modem (at least AFAIK they don't). I've heard some people in other TW divisions say that TW gives a discount of $1.00 per month if you own your own modem. The same modem that TW gives out costs $80 at Best Buy (regular price). That means that if TW gave $1.00 per month discount you'd have to have your modem for 80 months (actually a couple more months than that if you count tax as well) before you'd start saving money.

If you own it and it blows up, you have to go out and dump another $80 on another modem...another 80 months on top of your first 80 months before you start saving money. Sure...you can get one cheaper. The cheapest one Best Buy has is $61, and you can probably get them cheaper than that if they go on sale...but it'll still be a while before you start saving money for owning it.

I've had 2 modems blow up on me that got zapped by lightning. One was a couple months ago, and the other was about a year ago. Both times there was a lightning strike pretty close to my house, and it came in on the cable coax...NOT the power line. Both times, all I had to do was run up the street to my local TW office and exchange it for a new modem for free.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

- Houses: I buy.
- Cars: I typically buy.
- Cable modem? I definitely rent. Let the ISP be responsible for troubleshooting, replacement, upgrades, etc.

There's a class action lawsuit against TW/RR relating to renting/owning modems. I did receive something from RR in the mail about it but don't recall the status/details.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2005 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I would buy my own (I did actually). You can get new cable modems for around $60, so if you rent them at $5/month, you bought yourself a new one every 12 months.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2005 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

You can get a good quality one for ~ $50, so the breakeven point isn't very long.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2005 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

scots wrote:
I've had 2 modems blow up on me that got zapped by lightning. One was a couple months ago, and the other was about a year ago. Both times there was a lightning strike pretty close to my house, and it came in on the cable coax...NOT the power line. Both times, all I had to do was run up the street to my local TW office and exchange it for a new modem for free.


I'd suggest you call up your local TW office and have them fix the grounding (more than likely, INSTALL grounding) on your cable line. You shouldn't be popping any cable modems with nearby lightning strikes. Direct strikes to the structure are a different story, but you'd KNOW when that happens. The smell of ozone is very distinct.

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