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The tiny little box your cable company doesn’t want you to know about

Cable Modem Router Combo

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The executives at your cable company might not always show it, but they love you more than you’ll ever know. You pay your television and Internet bill on time each and every month, but that’s not why they love you. They love you because you don’t bother to actually look over your bill and see how much it has increased over time. And best of all, you don’t research to see that there are bogus charges on your bill each month that can easily be avoided.

Well, it’s time to flip the script and make sure that those cable company executives hate you, because there’s nothing they hate more than an educated consumer.

Each and every month, your ISP slaps you with a charge of $5, $7 or even $10 for a cable modem rental fee. Can you believe that? You have to pay an extra $5 to $10 each month just so you can pay $40, $60, even $80 or more for home Internet service. And if you’re cable company is really awful, they charge you even more for a wireless router.

It’s absolutely ridiculous, and it’s time to make it stop.

What your cable company doesn’t tell you is that you don’t have to use their equipment and pay those ridiculous fees each month. You can get your own cable modem from just about any big-name electronics retailer, set it up, and return your cable company’s box so that you never have to pay those fees again.

And right now, you can save even more money thanks to a one-day sale on Amazon.

The nation’s biggest online retailer typically sells the NETGEAR DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Cable Modem for $119.99 but it’s just $99.99 right now, and the NETGEAR AC1600 WiFi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router usually goes for $169.95but for the time being it’s just $129.99.

Both models work with all the top cable companies including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox and more. They’re almost identical, but the pricier model includes built-in Wi-Fi so you don’t need to purchase a separate wireless router.

This sale is only good for one day and if you decide to take advantage of it, keep one thing in mind: After you set up your new cable modem, be sure to return your cable company’s modem immediately so they stop charging you those bogus fees.

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Maren Estrada

Maren Estrada is a deals expert, having been the Editor for BGR Deals since it first launched in 2013. She has helped BGR's audience save millions of dollars collectively on thousands of popular products, and is the authority on daily deals coverage.