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How Much Does a Cable Modem Cost?

average costCable Modem: $40-$90high costCable Modem/Router Combination: $80-$200
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A cable modem provides internet access to home or business computers via a cable television line. Cable modems generally are capable of faster speeds than DSL or dial-up modems. Most cable modems are external, although rare internal modems are available.

Typical costs:

  • A cable modem costs $40-$90. For example, Circuit City, an online-only retailer, sells the standalone Motorola SURFboard SB5105[1] cable modem for $60.
  • Some cable modems are combination devices with routers, which create a wireless network. These devices cost $80-$200. The more expensive units allow for faster rates of transfer. Amazon, for example, sells the Motorola SURFboard SBG900 DOCSIS 2.0[2] cable modem and router combo for $120.
  • Some internet service providers sell cable modems and provide them with installation of the DSL service. These modems range from $50-$150. AT&T[3] sells cable modems for $75-$100 with their service.
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What should be included:
  • In the box with a cable modem should be a power supply, a cable cord, a software CD, and an owner's manual.
Additional costs:
  • Cable internet service costs vary depending on speed. Residential and business service costs $30-$160 per month, on average, across the country. The higher end of the price range is for faster transfer speeds. Nationwide internet service providers include AT&T[4] , Comcast[5] , Verizon[6] , Time-Warner Cable and Charter Communications[7] .
  • To create a wireless network in a home or office, a wireless router is required. Individual routers cost $20-$180 depending on the signal strength it creates. Amazon[8] sells a range of routers for both business and residential needs.
  • While customers can save by installing modems themselves, some internet service providers can send technicians to install the devices. AT&T[9] , for example, charges $140 to install a cable modem.
  • Internet service providers regularly offer discount prices on internet service bundled with other services such as phone or cable television. Qwest[10] has high-speed internet service starting at $15 per month when it is packed with phone service.
  • Verizon[11] provides a free cable modem to customers who sign up for the cable internet service. While the modem is free, there is a $20 fee to ship the device.
Shopping for a cable modem:
  • PC Magazine provides a comprehensive networking guide for consumers[12] , both business and residential.
  • Top Ten Reviews provides a comparison guide of top-selling cable modems[13] and routers[14] .
  • Fry's Electronics[15] , with stores in nine Western and Midwestern states, has regular deals on networking products.
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