I would only get separate devices with CenturyLink if I wanted a particular feature in the router or had a large home.
As many of the routers in the DSL modems are using older internet standards and are thus slow.
That said, if you have a Fiber-optic connection, then you should consider getting a router only. As that’s really all you need. You can learn more about this under “Fiber.”
You can check out my article on modem/router combo vs. separate if you want a more in-depth overview of the pros and cons of each option.
Note, if you want a third-party modem and are about to order a CenturyLink Internet plan, you need to contact the support to bypass getting a modem from them.
If you have Centurylink’s fiber internet, then you actually don’t need a modem at all.
All you need to get rid of it is a bit more configuration.
Basically, you need to change the 201 tagging on your router, which you can do in one click from the admin panel.
You can learn everything you need about not using a modem for fiber internet in the video below (skip to 12:43 for how to do the configuration)
And if you need help picking a router, check out our article on the best routers for Centurylink.
Rent Vs. Buy CenturyLink Modems
CenturyLink has three options for its internet equipment. These are [3, 4]:
– Rent a gateway from them for $15 a month
– Buy a gateway from them for $200
– Get an approved modem from a third-party source
If you do the math, you realize fast that renting is the worst option by far. In just 14 months, you will have paid more for renting than buying.
This begs the question of whether you should buy a modem directly from CenturyLink or a third-party source.
If you purchase it from CenturyLink, you can be sure that the modem will work with your type of DSL internet.
But if you get a modem from a third-party source, you can choose any approved modem. Allowing you to pick either a cheaper one or a better one.
If you want to delve deeper into the subject, check out renting vs. buying your modem.
Here are some common questions regarding CenturyLink and its network equipment:
What does CenturyLink’s approval mean?
CenturyLink’s approval means that the modem has undergone tests on their internet. And thus, they are guaranteeing that the modem will work as intended with their internet.
What’s the difference between a modem and a router?
A modem modulates and demodulates the signal from analog to digital and vice versa. While the router distributes this signal in your home, most often with Wi-Fi.
For more info, check out router vs. modem.
Much research went into figuring which was the best modem for CenturyLink.
But in the end, we concluded that the C3000A is the best option for most. Because it’s compatible with every type of DSL internet and fiber.
Just don’t get it if you have more than a 500 Mbps internet plan.
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