Should You Buy or Rent a Cable Modem?

When you connect with an Internet service provider (ISP) to set up Internet in your home, often they will try to make installation easier by offering a modem or modem/router for an additional fee per month. This seems like the best option and more convenient because they do the work for you. And in a way it more convenient. But it is also more expensive than doing a little research and buying your own.

That’s why you should consider purchasing your own cable modem instead of renting it from your ISP. Renting a cable modem isn’t bad or wrong. Depending on your situation, it might make sense for the time being. For example, if you are in a temporary living situation or you only need Internet access for a limited time. But in the long run, buying a cable modem could be a better solution.

Here are some pros and cons to make a case for buying a cable modem instead of renting one.


Renting a Cable Modem

Here are the pros and cons of renting a cable modem:


  • If it breaks or has a big problem, you can trade it into your ISP for a new one.


  • Renting a cable modem is more expensive than buying one.

  • Altering or personalizing advanced or security settings can cause problems with router configurations

When to rent a cable modem:

There are some circumstances that support renting a modem. If these situations fit your life, consider renting your modem:

  • You have roommates, so splitting the cost is easy
  • Your employer is paying for the bill
  • You are moving soon or you move often


Buying a Cable Modem

Here are the pros and cons of buying a cable modem:


  • Less expensive than renting and saves money in the long run.

  • You can update your modem, but for the most part, it is a lasting technology that does not change much, so buying one can last till the end of its lifetime instead of upgrading regularly.

  • Altering advanced settings is easy and doesn’t mess up other configurations.


  • If it breaks (which is rare), you have to buy a new one.

If your living situation is permanent and/or you are looking for a more cost-effective option, buy your own modem.

At the end of the day, it’s your decision to make. But it’s clear that buying a cable modem has more pros than renting one does. Buying a cable modem or cable modem router combo like one of Hitron’s offerings makes home networking an easier, better experience overall.

Whether you decide to rent or buy, ask your ISP about Hitron’s DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1, Wi-Fi 6 ready cable modem routers today.

For more information on home networking solutions check out Hitron’s Learn Page .

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