The Toshiba pcx1100 is provided as part of the TW RR service and does not appear as a seperate charge on my cable bill. However, I will call them today to see if returning theirs and buying my own will result in a significant reduction in my monthly RR bill.
Leasing for $5 a month a Surfboard somethinerother (don't know, don't care, it works.)
It's getting a little more tempting now to buy one with prices dipping below $100. I'm just skeptical of being with the cable company for a long enough time to justify/recoup the costs. I figure they'll probably jack rates or make the service really crappy right after I take the plunge and buy one.
I own a Toshiba 1100 PCX but have been using the cable companies Motorola Surfboard rent free for about a year now. This came about after 4 months of my complaining that the service was not working correctly and @Homes persistent claims that I was a moron and did not know what I was talking about. When I finally convinced them to bring one of their modems to my residence to see if that would fix the problem the technician discovered that they had installed an incorrect video trap on my line that was actually trapping the channel the data service was delivered on. He left the modem since it was already configured and I assume the no rent part is to placate me after months of being told by them that there was no problem. The really interesting thing was that the Toshiba would maintain synch even with the bad trap installed but the Motorola was unable to synch at all.