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Buying vs Renting a Router

Buying vs Renting a Router

Should you invest in your own Internet equipment and buy a router instead of renting one from your Internet service provider (ISP)? It depends on the cost and your preferences. Here are some pros and cons to help you decide.

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What is a Router?

What is a Router?

A router is a small box that translates data from your modem to communicate a Wi-Fi signal to the devices on your local network. Learn more.

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Why Buy a Gateway Instead of a Modem?

Why Buy a Gateway Instead of a Modem?

Should you invest in your own Internet equipment and buy a gateway or cable modem router instead of a modem? Or, should you rent it from your Internet service provider (ISP)? It depends on cost and your preferences. Here are some pros and cons to help you decide.

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Cable Modem

Cable Modem Channels Explained

Cable modems have DOCSIS channels for downstream and upstream; we explain these channels, how many you need and how they work.

Buying vs Renting a Router

Should you invest in your own Internet equipment and buy a router instead of renting one from your Internet service provider (ISP)? It depends on the cost and your preferences. Here are some pros and cons to help you decide.

Cable Modem Routers… A Complete Guide

This friendly, complete cable modem guide will answer your essential questions about cable modems, comparisons, compatibility and more FAQs that matter to you.

How Cable Modems Work

A cable modem is a type of modem that delivers broadband Internet service through the same cable that supplies cable television service called coaxial cables. Learn more about how it works.

Cable Modem Router

What is a Router?

A router is a small box that translates data from your modem to communicate a Wi-Fi signal to the devices on your local network. Learn more.

Cable Modem Router Must-Have Features

Cable modem routers are different than cable modems, but share some of the same key features. The best cable modem router offers fast Internet and easy home networking. Make sure that your cable modem router has these must-have features.

DOCSIS

What is a DOCSIS 3.1 Modem?

DOCSIS 3.1 modems offer benefits like download speeds of up to 10Gbps and upload speeds of 1Gbps. Learn more about fast, lag-free, reliable Internet.

DOCSIS 3.1 Modem vs 3.0 Speeds and Testing

Which is faster, DOCSIS 3.1 or 3.0? How can you test the speeds to make sure your coax network is performing the way it should be? Learn more about how your ISP can help you manage your Wi-Fi.

DOCSIS 3.1 Technology Explained

DOCSIS stands for “Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification.” It is a standard that allows data to transfer over coaxial cable wiring. DOCSIS 3.1 is the latest, fastest standard. Learn more.

Gateway

Why Buy a Gateway Instead of a Modem?

Should you invest in your own Internet equipment and buy a gateway or cable modem router instead of a modem? Or, should you rent it from your Internet service provider (ISP)? It depends on cost and your preferences. Here are some pros and cons to help you decide.

What is a Gateway?

A gateway is a small box hardware device that is a combination of both a modem and a router in one. It gives you wireless Internet access by communicating with your ISP and sending a Wi-Fi signal to the devices on your local network. Learn more.

Common FAQs

What is a Modem?

A modem is a device that connects your home to your Internet service provider (ISP) to get an Internet connection. Learn more.

Do Cable Modems Need a Router?

While a cable modem delivers an Internet connection, adding a router to your home network offers the benefit of a WiFi connection…

What is Required to be an Approved Spectrum Modem?

A certified or approved Spectrum modem is only compatible with Spectrum Internet services. Here are a few high-level things to know. Check out Hitron’s versatile solutions to meet your needs for various ISPs.

The Difference Between a Modem and a Router

A modem and a router have similar features, but each device has a specific function. You can get away with having just a modem to connect to the Internet, but if you have multiple devices, then you need a router too. Here’s the difference between each device.

Comparisons

Cable Modem vs DSL Modem or Fiber

There are different types of modems that give you Internet access, including cable modems, DSL modems and dial-up modems. You can also get fiber-optic Internet. Learn the difference between these technologies to choose the right one for you.

Cable Modem vs Cable Modem Router

Whether you use a separate cable modem and router or a combination cable modem router device depends on your home network preferences. Here are the differences between each type and how to decide which is best for you.