A few months ago, I called the cable company that provides Internet services to my business, Computer PC Medic. We discussed renegotiating the price of our Internet service plan. The agent told me that we should be getting 100 Mps (megabits per second) download speed. I told him the best we had seen is 80 Mps. He mentioned that we might need a new and faster modem in order to see greater Internet speeds. The modem we have is about 2 years old, so it’s not very old, in my thinking. According to the cable agent, the Internet transfer speeds are increasing all of the time.

We have been noticing that we are having intermittent Internet download hesitations. This could mean either the modem or the wifi router is having issues.  My thought was that this might be a good time to upgrade to a new, and faster modem. After the new modem was installed, we found that the download speed increased from 80 Mps to 120 Mps. Yes, that is 50% faster than we were getting before. The only thing that changed was the modem. Wow!

It is important to note that we purchase our own equipment, rather than renting from the cable company. When you buy your own equipment, you save the rental fee (about $120/year in our case) and can you can buy higher quality new equipment. We found that we can purchase a top-of-the-line modem every year, for the price we were leasing aging equipment from the cable company. Instead of leasing a medium quality modem/router from your provider, we recommend that you use that money to buy a high-quality modem and wifi router. You will get much better performance and wifi coverage.

If you insist on renting your equipment, call your Internet service provider every two years and have them upgrade your equipment for free. You will get their newest technology and after all, you are paying for it every month of every year.