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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Buck Turgidson, Oct 4, 2006.

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  1. My cable provider (Cox) wants $10/month to rent a digital cable box. Can I
    purchase one outright to use, rather than rent one?
  2. DCT Dictator

    DCT Dictator Guest

    In Motorola systems you can get a DCP501.

    Stay away from the hot ones on eBay.
  3. hdtv?

    hdtv? Guest

    Will Cox activate the box if you buy it outright?
    What fees would be associated (activation? monthly?)
  4. Heavy G

    Heavy G Guest

    you are better off renting the digital box from them. if you buy your own
    (which I dont think they sell to just anyone who walks in not to mention the
    cable company would frown on that) you would still have to pay the company
    to activate it and program it for your service. plus you lose the benefit of
    replacement in case of failure. at least if you rent it from them, anything
    goes wrong they replace it free since they own it. and you get free upgrades
    to new equipment when it becomes obsolete. I know some cable companies
    allow you to purchase your own cable modems, provided they are compatible
    with the system, but you lose the benefit of upgrades and replacement in
    case of failure. anything happens 2 months from now say, the box gets hit by
    a surge and dies. you have to shell out your own money and buy another. at
    least the cable co would replace it as long as you had it properly protected
    with a surge supressor, and it was their equipment.

    it sucks that they "rent" the equipment, but its still better than paying
    for new equipment yourself if anything happens.
    ive had my cable modem replaced and my digital box once, because their idiot
    installers had used bad splitters and no ground protection, which caused
    spikes on the cable line and destroyed the modem and the cable box. so I
    got a brand new modem, new cable box, plus they had to reinstall the cable
    to specs. I didnt pay a dime!

    things to consider when dealing with equipment like this. :)
  5. DCT Dictator

    DCT Dictator Guest

    Best to call them and ask. Give them the model and serial number. If
    it's hot, no one will activate it. If the seller will not give the
    serial number before you pay for it - that's a clue to steer clear.
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