When you sign up for a new internet plan with a Toronto internet provider such as Altima Telecom or GTA Telecom, you will be provided with a free rental modem.
In some cases, you can still use your old modem for this service. However, your old modem must have the following specifications:
If you want to connect to one of the cable internet packages, you will need a DOCSIS-3 compatible modem.
If you prefer the DSL internet package, you will need an ADSL modem or a DSL modem.
If you’re purchasing the Fiber internet package or FTTN from 7-15Mbps, you will need an ADSL modem. If you want a higher bandwidth package from 25-50Mbps, you will need a VDSL modem.
The ISPs might not recommend your old modem because they haven’t supplied it and, things can get a bit complicated, but if you know what you’re doing, it might be worth it.
If you’re not a techie, we recommend that you go with the ISP modem/router. This makes it easy for them to support you if you experience internet connection problems. Your Toronto internet provider will identify the hardware and, therefore, will be well versed in troubleshooting the hardware.
Benefits of Using your Old Modem or Router
- It makes it easier for you to switch between Toronto ISPs.
- You may have a better technically specified modem that is more powerful and suitable for your home than the ISP provided one.
- You might have more trust in your modem’s performance abilities.
- You can get a better Toronto broadband deal from the many internet service providers.
- You will have more control over your home’s network.
- You will know how your old modem works.
Cons - Why You Shouldn’t Bring Your Old Modem
- Using your old modem means that you will not get the best customer support since the ISP might not have all the details about your old tech.
- Setting up your modem might be a hassle especially if you’re not tech-savvy.
- Your modem might not be fully compatible with the ISP’s network configuration meaning that it might not function at best levels.