This week Comcast confirmed that they are raising the cost to rent a cable Internet modem starting in December 2019. Now you will have to pay $169 a year to rent a modem so you can use Comcast’s Internet service. Over two years, you will pay $336 just to rent a modem that costs a lot less.
Here are a few options for modems that cost less than $169.
The Best Option: NETGEAR DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit Cable Modem. Max download speeds of 6.0 Gbps
If you want the fastest possible modem, you may want to check out the NETGEAR CM1000. This modem will support download speeds up to 6.0 Gbps. (Note: I don’t think Comcast offers speeds that fast yet.) Although this one is on the pricier side at $149.99, it is nice to know you won’t need to buy a new modem any time soon. This modem does not support Wi-Fi, but if you get something this powerful you really should get a separate equally powerful Wi-Fi router. You can find our recommended list of Wi-Fi routers HERE.
The Best Wi-Fi Bundle: NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1750 Smart Dual Band Wi-Fi Router
Looking for a powerful router and modem? NETGEAR has a bundle deal on their Nighthawk AC1750 router and NETGEAR modem for $143.18. This will work with speeds up to 680 Mbps down and give you far better Wi-Fi than any all-in-one combo unit.
A Cheaper Wi-Fi Option: NETGEAR Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router Combo
Want an all-in-one option to be your cable modem and Wi-Fi router? The NETGEAR AC1600 is approved for XFINITY plans up to 300 Mbps down. This router also comes with the newest AC Wi-Fi standard for the best possible Wi-Fi streaming. Right now (with a $10 off coupon) on Amazon you can get this modem and router combo for $99.99 and start saving money your first year.
The Cheapest Option: NETGEAR CM500-1AZNAS (16×4) DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
Already have a Wi-Fi router and want an inexpensive but good modem? The NETGEAR CM500-1AZNAS supports XFINITY Internet plan speeds up to 680 Mbps down. The best part is right now (with a $10 off coupon) on Amazon you can get this modem for $62.99, meaning in just a few months you will be saving money.