Cabel Modems - Whats a good buy

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    Im a college student so I dont have ALOT of money to blow on a cabel modem but I was wondering what a good mac (if it matters if its for mac) cabel modem is or at least the ones to avoid I dont really want to spend more then 120 dollars umm my sys is a G4 500 tower w/ 10.2.4
     
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    Don't touch anything Alcatel with a 12 foot pole.
     
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    The RCA ones I have used are excellent. The motorolla spring boards that people I have known have used have all been replaced on failure with an RCA.
     
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    RCA it is then :D
     
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    maradong

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    Qhy not touch anything made by alcatel?

    my speed touch home -> gone to speed touch pro is an absolutly marvelous machine.
     
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    Re: Cabel Modems - Whats a good buy

    Just wondering if a 'cabel' modem is the same as a cable modem: never quite sure about American English, although on the Apple website 'cable' is spelt with an le ending.

    Assuming this is what you mean, I have been pleased with d-link products - really good telephone support, within your budget (assuming that they are similarly priced in the US as to the UK), the company advertise their Mac compatability, and they are aesthetically inoffensive!

    I hope this is of some help and apologies for the misunderstanding.

    1st post BTW: long time reader, first time poster. Greetings!


    - pinks
     
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    RCA is a good cheap modem. I have a Toshiba PCX1100 and it is a good modem as well, but it will cost more.
     
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    Alcatel speed touch home has given me nothing but strife since the day it entered my home. It does not play nice with Airport Extreme. Sometimes I have to powercycle the two buggers up to 5 times a day.
     
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    I like Linksys. I'm using their cable modem and wireless-g routers which are stackable with an iMac.

    Silky smooth.
     
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    Let me second that Linksys recommendation, two wireless routers no issues whatsoever - except - their tech support sucks now they outsourced to a call center in the Phillipines.
     
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    I would have to reset the Linksys about once a week with my PC.

    With the Mac, I think I've forgotten where the reset button is.
     
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    GRRR I know but the Alcatel doesn't support the Linksys 4 port+WAP because it is worthless.
     
  13. macrumors 68020

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    Does it matter who the provider is?

    Curious . . . I'm now getting charged a "rental" fee for my cable modem. (It's one of the 3com "sharkfin" styles). If I wanted to replace it, would it matter what brand I get (assuming quality?) I assumed that the modem was set up to work with my ISP, so I would have to get the same type. Am I wrong?
     
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    I bought a Conexant AMX-CA61E Ethernet Router from www.dabs.com (dirt cheap at £60, delivered, complete with 2 microfilters) and have it on 24/7...

    Never a DAY'S trouble (touch wood...)

    ;)

    It's also got a USB port on it, if you'd rather connect it up that way (God knows why - it'll slow down your bus, and more than likely, snag your OS at every opportunity!). After all - Ethernet IS more stable, and also a great solution if you want to go the AirPort route - via WAN.

    Just plug it in, take 10 minutes to configure it through your browser, and "Bob's your uncle".

    :D
     
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    Re: Does it matter who the provider is?

    No, anymore brand really does not matter, most Cable modems are built on the same standards and will work with any service, unless there is something special that your company is doing. My Cable company owns my modem, but if there is a rental fee it is wrapped into the monthly fee of $39.95 so even if I bought my own I would still be paying $39.95, so I just use their modem.
     
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    I'm happy to rent instead of buy. I've had mine upgraded twice so far, at no cost.
     
  17. macrumors 6502

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    Re: Cabel Modems - Whats a good buy

    why would you buy a cable modem? honestly :rolleyes: at least 99% of ISPs will lease u a modem for like an extra 5 dollars/mo. after buying the 100-200 dollar modem, cables, adapters, etc, you are up to your neck in debt. it is just not worth it.

    and i do not believe there is such a thing as a mac cable modem-all of them use standard USB 1.1 (or 2.0) and regular 10/100 ethernet ports. honestly.
     
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    I just picked up a linskey (didnt see an RCA cable modem) it was $70 after mail-in rebate

    I already have the required cables and my provider stated that I needed to get one (its through cox cable, the only cable ISP provider). so why is it such a stupid idea for me to get one.
     
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    That's what I figure. At $5/month, you've paid for it in 1-2 years. If you plan to stay in the same place, it's worth it. Besides, what cables are needed? The coax goes in, the cat-5 goes out. the power block comes with. Nothing one can't get at radio shack.
     
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    rainman::|:|

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    i bought a linksys cable modem which i've had no troubles with... it's better featured than the cable modems they provide, it cost $60, and in one year's time of using cable access, i've saved that much in rental fees. Plus, if it breaks or something, i buy a new one, don't have to worry about an inflated replacement fee.

    pnw
     
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    Re: Does it matter who the provider is?


    w00t another sharkfin owner :D :D
     
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    Rental fees in my area are $3 a month. Hardly worth getting one with the number of cable modem failures that my friends and people I know have had.
     
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    crazytom

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    Wow! That's a good deal! Rental fees in my area are $10/month. I bought a sharkfin a few years ago for $180...(it WAS cheap at the time). It's definitely paid for itself and I've had no issues with it. Even if it blows up now, I'd still be ahead of the game. (knock on wood!)
     
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    My rental feels are only $3 but my month charge is $45 including that $3. Lower rental feels do not mean better deal. It just means they get you more for the service charge meaning you can't save money by buying your own modem.
     

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