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    Internet cable modem

    Well I have no internet access at home right now since my keyboard died. I think I'm getting a new computer and so I'm checking into all the costs for the cable internet.

    I just talked to Comcast and found out that "renting" the internet cable modem is an additional $3 per month. Geez! So...they said I could buy one. Well I looked on eBay and there seem to be a ton of different brands and probably features too. I don't need anything fancy. Just whatever will reliably work.

    It will be a MAC of course, so the modem must be Mac compatible.

    If anyone has any suggestions as I know nothing about these things. Brand? Features? Cost?
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    Wouldn't your ISP just give you one? We've had two (maybe three) ISP's in the past and we've NEVER had to pay for ours.

    The one in front of my says Netopia for what it's worth.

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    I'm just going by what Comcast said. I use AOL. Comcast person said it was $3 a month for the modem on top of the 42.95 per month. I haven't called AOL yet to see what the deal is on the costs. It shouldn't cost me as much since I won't be using their phone access.
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    Well, it's entirely possible that my ISP is just "renting" us the modem and tacking on an extra 3 bucks a month. I don't pay the bills anyway

    Your REAL problem is AOL! AOL is horrible!

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    I've always bought them at Best Buy or some place like that; i never wanted to rent one for some reason. I bought a Linksys the last time and it worked fine for my service; however I would probably check with Comcast before I purchased something that was non-returnable. Also, i'm pretty sure all cable modems work independently of computer operating system... someone correct me if i'm wrong. Hope that helps.

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    I would ask Comcast for a list of compatible modems and then price them out from there.

    A good resource is www.dslreports.com

    For example in the FAQ for Comcast there is the question "Which modem should I get?"

    http://www.dslreports.com/faq/comcast/2.1_Modems#10327

    and "Can I purchase my own cable modem and still use Comcast's service?"

    http://www.dslreports.com/faq/comcast/2.1_Modems#8497

    The forums there are generally friendly too.

    Edit: List of Comcast approved modems:

    http://media2.comcast.net/anon.comca...sc/cmclist.htm

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    Wow...thanks Not a Number.

    Yes, I know AOL is horrible. But I've had it since I first got on the internet and it was THE service. I never wanted to change my email address. That is a major pain. Its only been fairly recently that AOL went "free" for email and stuff.

    I have seen some used modems on eBay fairly cheap. $10-$20.

    Someone recommended to me to rent the modem as it was cheap and I could upgrade it for free when needed.

    What ISP is good?

    I'm just I don't know anything about this stuff.

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    BTW...while I'm asking...has anyone installed one of these modems yourself?
    Last edited by PlantAKiss; 09-20-2007 at 06:42 AM.
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    I would think any that end in a ethernet cable would work on a mac...(cause macs don't have USB right? ) but that's just a guess. (that's the larger phone cord looking plug) And you're right with the cost, comcast does make you rent one or buy one. They don't provide it for free... I think it is DSL (qwest/aol) that provides the DSL modem... Cable is quite a bit faster in my experience over DSL although dsl is cheaper. Although DSL is cheaper, I don't use it cause it HONESTLY fells like dial up to me, maybe that's just because I'm used to cable though. I've always used Motorola Sufboard modems. (currently SB5100)

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