Lower Your Internet Bill with This $39 Modem

Outside of cord-cutting, there's no quicker and easier way to save money on your cable bill than by purchasing your own modem. Cable companies can charge you as much as $10 per month for your modem rental, but buying your own modem can cost you well under $50.

If your goal is to save money, the TP-Link TC-7610 is our top pick for bargain hunters. It's currently selling for $39.99 at Amazon, which is $20 under Best Buy's and Target's current price.

The TP-Link TC-7610 works with Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, and all the ISPs that make up Charter's new empire. (Naturally, we still recommend you double check your ISPs list of recommended/compatible modems before making any final purchase). We like this modem because despite it costing less, it matches the solid reliability of our top two modem picks, the Arris Surfboard SB 6141 and the Zoom 5345. 

The TC-7610 features eight downstream and four upstream channels. Its listed download/upload speeds are 343Mbps/143Mbps. It supports IPv4 and IPv6 standards and is certified DOCSIS 3.0 compatible.

Add the fact that it comes with a 2-year warranty and 24/7 tech support — a rarity for any tech product — and you'll see why the TC-7610 is our winning modem for anyone who's cash-strapped.

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  • SR-71 Blackbird
    If it's an approved modem by your carrier , check before purchase.
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  • Manic Miner
    In Europe you get a "free" modem with your connection on any ISP. Couldn't imagine you need to pay rental fees for your modems in the US... weird...

    "Free" in quotes cause you are suppose to return it after your contract with that ISP finishes but noone ever cares to have it back so we end up having a lot of modems.
    Every time the ISP upgrades their modem or you change ISP you get a new modem.

    I think I have over 8 modems by now (had internet at the house since '98) :O
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  • On the coast
    My internet cable provider will not trouble shoot if it is not their modem. I am held hostage for their $10 rental fee. I tried having my own once and was more or less forced into renting again.
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