Buy One Of These Modems If You Don’t Want To Pay Time Warner’s Rental Fee

damnmansaveempirembAre you grumbling over Time Warner Cable’s recent decision to jack up the monthly fee for its modems from $3.95 to $5.99? Yeah, we thought you might be. You don’t need to sit in your darkened TV room/office/den cackling maniacally and thinking up ways to get revenge on TWC, however: Just buy a different modem that will work with the cable service.

Why, what are these modems we speak of? Do they exist? Can I own one? All of these thoughts are floating through the air from you to us, and we hear you.

As long as the modem you buy is on the company’s pre-approved list of devices that work in your particular region, it’s a go, notes Gizmodo. Check out this portal to see what works in your area. The links we found for the non-rental modems didn’t appear to work, however, so just plug the model names into your search engine if that happens to you.

While you can buy the most expensive modem on the list below, which will likely never become obsolete because it’s designed not to, all you absolutely need right now is a DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification version) 2.0 system. As Gizmodo points out, at $42, even if you only use it for a year it’s still cheaper than the approximately $72 in a year you’d be paying TWC just to lease it.

These work in New York, San Diego, and Los Angeles and should also in most other markets as well:

DOCSIS 3.0
Motorola SBG6580 ($131)
Motorola SB6141 ($115)

DOCSIS 2.0
Motorola SB5101 ($50)
Motorola SB 5101U ($42)
Motorola SBG901 ($82)

You can also check out this list provided by Time Warner, notes Consumerist reader Chris.

Not exactly like walking right up to Time Warner and yelling, “IN YOUR FACE!” while smacking a wad of cash out of is greedy, gaping maw, but it’s close enough to be satisfying.

How to Beat Time Warner’s Bullsh*t Modem Rental Fee [Gizmodo]