Originally Posted by opie99
I have a question about the Charter Internet equipment. I'm having it hooked up July 7th. Right now I am just planning on leasing the cable modem and I will purchase my own router to go with it. Is it better to purchase a combination modem/gateway device and not have to lease at all? I figure I would break even after about a year or so if I bought my own hardware. Just curious what most folks have done and what the advantages/disadvantages would be other than cost up front.
I rented Charter's modem until I had evaluated and decided to keep their internet service. At that point, I decided to buy a modem and avoid the rental fee. The Charter rep told me I could buy the unit I was renting directly from Charter for one very reasonable price and stop the monthly rental charge, and I gladly did so. I likened it to "try before you buy."
It worked out very well, imho.
I don't recommend combining the modem and gateway/router devices, especially if it's a wireless router. Wireless routers are notoriously fussy bits of modern technology with occasional hair-pulling bouts of disconnects, hangs, and reboots until you find the right combination of make, model, and firmware release for your environment. Conversely, these kinds of modems are typically rock solid and pretty much set the bar for stability and reliability. You don't want to combine those two things, especially since it'll make fault isolation that much more difficult.