Cecil has been dealing with issues with Spectrum and he's replaced the router. Can he replace the modem too? Leo says yes. He can buy his own modem and save himself a $10 a month rental charge in the process. He'll want to check with Spectrum to see what routers Spectrum supports, and based on those, he can buy his own. Most support the Surfboard DOCSIS III. There's also the NETGEAR Nighthawk.
Dave's cable modem is failing, so he's looking to get a new one. Is the Arris modem good? Leo says absolutely, but he'll want to be sure to use one supported by his ISP. Leo uses the Arris Surfboard 6183 DOCSIS III modem. It's the fastest protocol. The Wirecutter has a pretty good listing of the cable modems that are available and they like it.
George says that Comcast is pestering him to change his modem. Leo says that he'll want a faster DOCSIS 3 modem anyway, so if he's paying for a modem, he may as well get a modern one. Chances are, when he got it, it was probably already outdated. George should make sure he requests a DOCSIS 3 modem.
Steve got caught up in the terrible handover from Verizon FIOS to Frontier. He cancelled his account and has decided to go with Time Warner Cable. Leo says that's the good news, that he has an alternative. All too often there's a virtual monopoly between cable providers in the area.
Don is a Verizon customer and they just got bought by Frontier communications and now his FIOS internet speed has been cut in half, which is worse than dial up. What can he do? Leo says that Time Warner cable is probably his best bet for broadband. They just got bought by Charter Communications, though. Cable is usually better than DSL, but it also depends on how it is in his area. As for phone service, he can just keep it or simply cancel it. He should make sure he gets a DOCSIS III modem if he goes with cable, though.
Jim wants to buy his own modem and send back his Time Warner modem. But they say he has to keep it because of his telephone service. Leo says that may be true, since cable phone service uses VoiceOver IP and the cable modem box may require it. So if he is going to use his own modem for internet, then he'll need a splitter to divide the internet traffic. And that's why Leo hates cable monopolies. His only choice is his cable company. He'll get about 1-2 Mbps with Netflix at best. And that likely means a downgraded quality of Netflix.
Chris recently discovered that his ISP is charging him for his broadband modem. Can he buy his own? Leo says sure! He should contact the cable company and find out what modems they will allow and then buy that. Arris is a popular one and he'll want it to be DOCSIS 3.
Laxman has to get his own DSL modem for his cable internet service, but will they be backwards compatible? Leo says that DOCSIS III modems have auto configuration menus that can handle older devices. But buying is a far better option than renting that modem for $5-7 a month.
Leo likes the Motorola Surfboard. He will have to tell his ISP that he bought one and make sure they support the model he wants to use.
Paul got an email from his Cable company saying he's been upgraded to 50MBPS, but he'll need a new modem. Leo says that they're probably moving to the DOCSIS 3 standard, which is considerably faster. Leo also suggests buying his own modem because $7 a month to rent one adds up over time.
Ivan needs to setup website blocking to protect his son. The problem is that the modem/router provided by the ISP doesn't allow him to change any of the settings. He might be able to disable the router portion of his modem/router, and buy a replacement for the router. Then he could change the DNS settings. The chatroom says he could set up a "DMZ" to his own router.