Modems and Routers

Renting a modem/router from your internet provider can cost $10-15 per month.  Buying your own modem and router will be an upfront cost, but you will save money in the long run.  Also, there’s a good chance that the modem you buy will be higher quality and capable of handling faster speeds, than the one you rent from your internet provider.

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You have options when looking at modems and routers.  First, definitions:

  • Modem – gives you access to the internet, devices must be plugged into it.
  • Router – connects to the modem and provides Wifi (allows wireless devices to connect to the internet)
  • Modem/Router – a modem and a router combination
Our Recommendations

Please make sure that the modem you choose is compatible with your internet provider.  Our recommendations are compatible with Xfinity.

Modem/Router combination

Our Top Pick!


ARRIS SURFboard SBG7580AC

  • 2 year warranty
  • Download speeds up to 1.4 Gbps (that’s 1400 Mbps)

This modem/router can handle a lot of speed. Likely, a lot more than you’ll be getting from your internet company.  But, you’re going to want one that can handle these speeds because I think home internet speeds will get faster and faster in the near future.

If you would rather have a separate modem and router, here are our recomendations

Modem (stand alone)


ARRIS SURFboard SB6190

  • 2 year warranty
  • Download speeds up to 1.4 Gbps (1400 Mbps)
  • Refurbished models are available at lower prices
Router (stand alone)


Netgear R6220

  • Performance at 5 ft away – 372.4 Mbps
  • Performance at 150 ft away – 309.8 Mbps

If you would like to do your own research and find a modem and router on your own, here are some things you should know:

  • Buy a modem/router capable of handling very fast speeds. You don’t want to have to replace your modem/router in a year when your internet speed gets quicker
  • Look for 32 channels for downstream and 8 channels for upstream (32×8)
  • DOCSIS 3.1 modems cost most but also offer fastest speeds
  • You will need to make sure that your modem is compatible with your internet provider. Xfinity customers can check here.

Now let’s go old school and look at Antennas.