Want to stop renting optimum modem.

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Want to stop renting optimum modem.

Post by BashDash » Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:51 pm

Hi all,
Trying to cut costs. Currently have optimum 200 internet service only. Want to eliminate 10$ rental fee. Currently have Arris tm822g. Is it that simple to just buy that exact one at Best buy for 100$ and then replace? Are other models better or cheaper? I see some refurbished ones on Amazon too. Thanks for any advice :)

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Post by 02nz » Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:55 pm

Yes get your own modem. Modems last forever unlike routers. Really any DOCSIS 3.0 modem will do, but you can get the same model or another one approved by your ISP to be on the safe side. Motorola modems are very good. Once you get it you’ll need to activate with your ISP - probably just providing them the MAC address printed on a label on the modem.

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Post by DigitalJanitor » Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:57 pm

The Arris SB6141 works great for me with Optimum at 200M. The Arris SB6190 did not work. Note that neither of these has an RJ-11 analog telephone plug; they are ethernet only.

edit: 200G -> 200M
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Re: Want to stop renting optimum modem.

Post by BashDash » Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:58 pm

Thanks for the replies!

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Post by AerialP » Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:24 pm

In my case, I bought the identical model as the one provided by my ISP but bought it as a refurb from Amazon. Returned the rental one in person to the local ISP office and activating the new one was quite simple, just took a phone call but I think there was an online activation option as well (although would've had to have been done with a different internet connection).
Was quite inexpensive, about a $50 purchase so the ~$15 monthly rental fee was balanced out after 3 months and now over 2 years later I'm ahead well over $200.

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Post by criticalmass » Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:37 pm

BashDash wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:51 pm
Hi all,
Trying to cut costs. Currently have optimum 200 internet service only. Want to eliminate 10$ rental fee. Currently have Arris tm822g. Is it that simple to just buy that exact one at Best buy for 100$ and then replace? Are other models better or cheaper? I see some refurbished ones on Amazon too. Thanks for any advice :)
Any DOCSIS 3 model should work. You can always ask your company for specific recommendations. Look for sales and refurbished deals, just be sure to have a minimum 30 day return in case of any provisioning issues.

Then you will have to notify your company of your new modem's MAC address, which will be on the device and a sticker on the box. You may be able to do this via phone or online (note your modem will not yet be ready to use until provisioning is complete.)

Return your old device and start saving! Your break even period should be less than a year.

Heck, I've even used an older DOCSIS 2.1 modem. It still works, but can't get the more expensive/faster speeds.

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Post by mhalley » Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:57 pm

Cable companies maintain a list of compatable modems on their website.
https://www.optimum.net/FAQ/#/answers/a ... 2%23option

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Post by BashDash » Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:17 pm

Thanks everyone! Refurbished sounds good to me!

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Post by SrGrumpy » Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:39 pm

Make sure it has capability exceeding 200G. I bought a "cutting-edge" Motorola Surfboard a few years back, topped out at 144. It is now incompatible with my Spectrum service, which starts at 200. Fortunately Spectrum modems are now free, though I'm sure they get their pound of flesh elsewhere.

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Post by sunny_socal » Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:14 pm

SrGrumpy wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:39 pm
Make sure it has capability exceeding 200G. I bought a "cutting-edge" Motorola Surfboard a few years back, topped out at 144. It is now incompatible with my Spectrum service, which starts at 200. Fortunately Spectrum modems are now free, though I'm sure they get their pound of flesh elsewhere.
Pretty sure you mean "M" (Megabits) instead of "G" (Gigabits)

But yes OP, certainly buy your own modem. I've done so for the last 20 years, well worth it.

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Post by BashDash » Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:36 pm

I'm thinking the safe bet is just buying the exact one I have at this point.

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Post by VaR » Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:08 pm

BashDash wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:36 pm
I'm thinking the safe bet is just buying the exact one I have at this point.
Sometimes it's worth checking the cable company website for recommended modems. I prefer buying one that is a little ahead of the one they're renting out in case they upgrade their standards and require you to upgrade as well - or if you choose to upgrade your speed.

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Post by Zott » Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:12 pm

Just to add one more thought, I bought a refurbished Arris off Ebay last year for $35 and it has worked great. No regrets. :happy

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Post by BashDash » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:01 am

Should it make a difference if my speed goes from optimum 100 to optimum 200? Their website seems to indicate that it doesn't matter

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Post by RickBoglehead » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:19 am

BashDash wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:01 am
Should it make a difference if my speed goes from optimum 100 to optimum 200? Their website seems to indicate that it doesn't matter
It will matter - to your wallet. Do you have any idea how much of that capacity do you use?

Most people don't. We have 3 computers, 2 tablets, and 2 phones. Plus 2 TV tuners and 2 thermostats.

We have 25 MBPS service. Works great. Don't waste your money going from 100 to 200.
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Post by BashDash » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:26 am

Agreed. It was cheaper to get the 200 with a promotion.

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Post by jerryk68 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:30 am

RickBoglehead wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:19 am
BashDash wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:01 am
Should it make a difference if my speed goes from optimum 100 to optimum 200? Their website seems to indicate that it doesn't matter
It will matter - to your wallet. Do you have any idea how much of that capacity do you use?

Most people don't. We have 3 computers, 2 tablets, and 2 phones. Plus 2 TV tuners and 2 thermostats.

We have 25 MBPS service. Works great. Don't waste your money going from 100 to 200.

+1 The 100/200 service is a scam

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Post by RickBoglehead » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:32 am

BashDash wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:26 am
Agreed. It was cheaper to get the 200 with a promotion.
Until the renewal comes in higher and you don't notice.
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Re: Want to stop renting optimum modem.

Post by BashDash » Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:05 am

I was satisfied with 49.99 for the internet and exhausted of the process.

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Post by BashDash » Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:12 pm

Thanks all for the help. Bought a refurbished modem on amazon and I am all set. Quick question: I read about "unpublished" internet rates that cable companies sometimes use for internet. I am getting optimum 200 for 49.99. How would I go about getting the unpublished rates? I spoke with the retention department and seemed to get stonewalled at the 49.99. Of course, I could leave for Verizon Fios in the area but that would require a little effort plus 49.99 is not completely horrible. Thanks!!

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Post by Katietsu » Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:53 pm

BashDash wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:12 pm
Thanks all for the help. Bought a refurbished modem on amazon and I am all set. Quick question: I read about "unpublished" internet rates that cable companies sometimes use for internet. I am getting optimum 200 for 49.99. How would I go about getting the unpublished rates? I spoke with the retention department and seemed to get stonewalled at the 49.99. Of course, I could leave for Verizon Fios in the area but that would require a little effort plus 49.99 is not completely horrible. Thanks!!
No help. Interested what others will say. I will just say that I would be ecstatic if I could get that type of price for even 25 MBPS. But our only alternatives to Comcast are either severely limited in speed or data caps.

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Post by beyou » Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:14 pm

Was considering doing this, except this cable company is starting to roll out fiber to the home. New customers only for now. The old cable modems will not be useful if/when you switch to fiber. I can go to fios now, but sounds like we’ll have competing fiber options at some point!

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