If you’ve got Comcast internet you’re probably “renting” their cable modem for something INSANE like $10 a month.1
Stop it. Just stop that nonsense right now.
You can buy a brand new modem off Amazon for $65 (shipped with prime!), hook up the modem in 5 minutes, and have Comcast authorize the new modem in about 15 minutes. It will pay for itself in about six months, last years, and as a bonus, you’ll almost certainly have faster internet access than your neighbor who is still using the rented modem. Here’s what you do:
- Buy the “ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem – Retail Packaging – White” from Amazon.23 It is possible that some of the models have changed. You can confirm the latest Comcast compatible models here.
- Follow the directions from Xfinity/Comcast to activate your modem
- If you get hung up, you may need to call up Xfinity/Comcast at 1 (800) 934-6489. They had to take one additional step to authorize my modem on their end, but the process was painless.
Switching car insurance or brown bagging your lunch might save you a little money. But, I have to tell you, it was immensely satisfying to save money, not pay Comcast as much, and speed up my internet connection all in the same morning.