Which ISP offers the cheapest modems?

When setting up a new broadband internet service, whether it is ADSL1 or ADSL2+, many of us forget to factor in the cost of the modem into the overall setup cost. Modem costs will vary between internet service providers, and there are a number of different brands and modem types to choose from. Modem quality can vary between brands and models, so remember to factor this in when comparing modem prices.

If you sign up for 24 months with some ISP’s, you may receive a discount on your modem, or they may even throw in a standard modem free.

There are usually four main types of modems to choose from: a 1-port modem, a 4-port modem, a wireless modem or a 4-port wireless modem with VoIP. With either a 1-port or 4-port modem, you can either plug each computer into the modem (up to four computers on a 4-port modem), or if you have a wireless router, you can plug the router into the modem to setup a Wi-Fi signal. Wireless modems usually have four ports as well, so you can plug desktops or laptops directly into the modem so they can access faster broadband speeds.

All modems listed below are ADSL2+ and ADSL compatible.

TPG

TPG offers Dynalink and Netcomm modems. TPG charges a $10 delivery charge with each modem; however we have included this charge in the prices below. Customers who sign up to TPG will need to purchase a modem outright from TPG, and after that, it will be yours to keep.

1-port modem: Dynalink RTA 1320 $79.95

4-port modem: Netcomm NB6Plus4 $109.95

4-port Wireless modem: Dynalink RTA1025W $159.95

4-port Wireless modem with VoIP: $179.95 (or $159.95 with any TPG broadband + VoIP plan).

Netspace

Netspace offers three different Netgear modems for their customers. The longer your contract, the bigger discount you will receive on your modem. Customers who sign up to a 24-month contract will receive a standard 1-port modem free!

1-port modem: Netgear DM111P – free on a 24-month contract, $59 on a 12-month contract, $99 on a 6-month contract and $149 on a no fixed -term contract.

4-port wireless modem: Netgear Wireless-G ADSL Router DG834G - $100 on a 24-month contract, $209 on a 12-month contract, $249 on a 6-month contract and $299 on a no fixed term contract.

4-port wireless modem with VoIP: Netgear DG834GV wireless 802.11g - $150 on a 24-month contract, $259 on a 12 month contract, $299 on a 6-month contract and $349 on a no fixed-term contract.

Engin

4-port modem: Dynalink 1025W $99

4-port wireless modem: Netcomm NB6Plus4 $59

You will also need to purchase one of Engin’s “Voice Boxes” to use Engin’s VoIP service with one of these modems.

iiNet

If you sign up to a 24-month contract with iiNet, you could save up to $100 on the cost of your new modem.

Belkin High Speed ADSL Modem USB/Ethernet: $109 or $69 on a 24-month contract.

Belkin 4-port VOIP router:  $239 or $169 on a 24-month contract.

BoBTM 4-port wireless VOIP router, excl. Handset: $309 or $209 on a 24-month contract.

BoBTM 4-port wireless VOIP router, incl. Handset: $369 or $269 on a 24-month contract.

iPrimus

The prices below include iPrimus' $9.95 modem delivery fee.

1-port ADSL Modem/Router: $58.95 on a 12-month contract or $38.95 on a 24-month contract.

Wireless & 4-port ADSL Modem/Router: $129.90 on a 12 month contract or $99.90 on a 24-month contract.

Exetel


Exetel charges a $15 delivery fee for all of their ADSL equipment with any Exetel broadband plan. We have included the delivery fee in the prices below.

1-port modem: Netcomm NB6 $75

4-port Wireless modem: Netcomm NB6PLUS4W $125

4-port Wireless modem with VoIP: DYNALINK 4-Port Wireless IAD (RTA1046VW) $200