PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – With this week’s confirmation that Comcast is going through with their previously announced price hike in mid-December, Comcast subscribers are set to pay $169 annually in order to rent Comcast’s stock modem and Wi-Fi router.
Luckily, subscribers have the option to purchase their own modem and router in order to use Comcast’s internet service.
BEST MODEM-ONLY OPTION: The NETGEAR DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit Cable Modem
This modem allows download speeds of up to 6 gigabytes per second, though no Comcast plans offer speeds that can maximize this modem’s capability as of yet. Far outstripping current internet plan capabilities, the NETGEAR CM1000 is currently the fastest modem on the market for Comcast users.
Its power and durability make it a good choice, and possibly worth the price tag of $149.99 for most consumers.
However, the NETGEAR CM1000 does not natively support Wi-Fi. Users who want to have Wi-Fi would have to incorporate a dedicated Wi-Fi router to their setup; preferably one that’s equally or approximately powerful as the CM1000 in order to prevent bottlenecking.
BEST WI-FI ROUTER + MODEM OPTION: NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1750 Smart Dual Band Wi-Fi Router
The NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1750 is available this Black Friday bundled with a standard NETGEAR modem for $143.18. This package together supports download speeds of up to 680 megabytes per second.
CHEAPEST WI-FI ROUTER + MODEM PACKAGE: NETGEAR Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router Combo
This router + modem option is by far the cheapest at $109.99. Approved for XFINITY plans with download speeds of up to 300 Mbps, the NETGEAR AC1600 is the most cost-efficient packages on the market in terms of price versus supported speeds.
The NETGEAR AC1600 also comes with the newest AC Wi-Fi standard, keeping it up to modern specifications despite its lower speed output.
CHEAPEST MODEM-ONLY OPTION: NETGEAR CM500-1AZNAS DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
Available for $72.99, The NETGEAR CM500-1AZNAS supports speeds of up to 680 megabytes per second under the XFINITY plans. Appropriate for subscribers who are already satisfied with their current Wi-Fi router.