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I currently rent a Technicolor Telephony (Docsis 3.1 gigabit) from Comcast, which supports internet (modem and router) and VOIP telephone service. My d/l to desktop via ethernet speeds are usually between 940-980 mb/s. Uploads vary but usually 40+ mb/s. Throughout the house, speeds are consistently higher than 450 mb/s over wireless. The house is a ranch of about 2500 sq ft. The basement, about 1000 sq ft is supported by an extender so speeds are about 1/2 of those being served by the telephony. In the garage, which is separated from the telephone by 4 walls, I see see 250-275 mb/s. The Comcast Telephony gateway rental is $14/mon. I used to own my own gateway, Docsis 3.0, which worked fine but only supported 12 (?) simultaneous connections. It's back in its box in a closet. When I bought the old gateway, it was about $200 so it paid for itself in less than 2 years considering Comcast's rental fee. Obviously, no one likes to pay rental fee for any box you can buy, but given the cost of a Docsis 3.1 modem that supports VOIP is $240 and add onto that a minimum mesh system supporting those speeds like a eero 6 3 pack at $280, the payout will be $560 including tax. Divide that by $14/mon and payback won't occur for approx 40 months and who knows what will be the going standard after that. The simple question after that dragged out introduction is, "why should I do the purchase?" I don't like paying the rent but I'd hate to be penny wise and pound foolish. I'd appreciate some advice and would I see the same speeds with the eero 6 that I see with my current Comcast configuration? Perhaps, there's something better that wouldn't break the bank.