« on: May 22, 2013, 07:27:11 am »
With any ISP your going to be paying a rental fee whether you use their shit or not. I work for a DSL provider and know other who work for comcast, and yet others that work for hughesnet and other ISPs. No matter what you do or what you try, your always going to pay that rental fee. I would say keep the shitty modem they give you since your always going to be paying for it, then use your own routing device.
The plus side is, since your paying for this shitty modem monthly, do with it what you will. I have pulled apart my modems from my ISP and found the headers to flash my own firmware. Hell, one time I had everything soldered into the headers then called my ISP, forced them to push a firmware update, then had a dump of the full update and all. With a binwalk, I had access to everything I ever needed.
Moral of the story, they will charge you for the modem/router whether you use it or not. Might not show up on your bill, but in the end your still paying for the shit.