Can we talk modems?
My modem has gone bad. AT&T wants me to pay them $100 for a new one. I see that I can order a 2Wire modem (the same brand as mine but not the same model) for $40 refurbished from a 3rd party vendor. Do folks usually still buy this equipment from their ISP, or is it common now to buy it from a 3rd party vendor? If I were to buy one from a 3rd party vendor, how do I identify what to look for? Are these specialized equipment that has to match up perfectly (like a video card) or generalized equipment you buy for its features (like a TV set)? Are there any vendors you would recommend? I have medium speed DSL, and I use my modem wirelessly for multiple devices at once at a range of up to 100-150ft through walls. It is in more or less constant use. Thanks for your help.