On a basic level, a modem gives you access to the web. The modem receives information from your ISP through the phone line, or coaxial cable, and converts it into a digital signal that then goes into a router to be redistributed to the computers and other digital equipment on your network.
ISPs (Internet Service Providers) will provide businesses with a modem for “free”, but it’s not free. The modem is actually being rented each month for up to $10/month. Typically the charge is buried in the bill. Over the course of a year, this fee can add up to over $120 – more expensive than buying a modem of
your own. Clarity encourages our customers to purchase their own standalone modem to ensure a VoIP Optimized Network and a positive ROI on their equipment.
If you choose to purchase your own modem, Clarity recommends a Arris Surfboard SB6190. It’s important to check with your ISP provider to ensure this modem is compatible with their speeds.