Can you use your own modem with CenturyLink?
You might be able to use your own modem with CenturyLink, provided it works with the technology CenturyLink uses in the area. But that’s a pretty big gamble, seeing as CenturyLink uses six different types of DSL technology across the US.
If your modem is left over from a cable internet provider, like Xfinity, your modem won’t work with CenturyLink’s DSL technology. You’ll need to buy or rent a new one.
To find out the right type of DSL modem, ask your CenturyLink customer representative what DSL technology works at your home. Then you can check our chart above for the best Centurylink modem for that service.
Keep in mind that, oftentimes, it’s cheaper to buy a compatible modem from CenturyLink (as opposed the renting one) than it is to buy a modem on Amazon.
If you have Centurylink fiber internet, don’t worry—your fiber modem comes included with your plan. But it costs a bit more for Wi-Fi service. You can save some more cash by buying a Wi-Fi router instead of paying $5 a month for a Centurylink router.
Do I need both a modem and a router?
You must have a modem to get DSL internet into your home. And while you don’t have to have a router, they’re essential to broadcast Wi-Fi. That’s what helps you get online wirelessly—no Ethernet cord needed.
Luckily, all the DSL modems discussed in this article already include a router. You might see these types of hybrid modems referred to as wireless modems, wireless gateways, or modem/routers.
If you have fiber internet with CenturyLink, your modem comes included with your service at no extra cost. You can pay $5 per month to lease a CenturyLink router, or buy your own.
How can I boost my CenturyLink Wi-Fi signal?
You can boost your CenturyLink Wi-Fi signal by switching to a wireless modem that uses 802.11ac, like the Actiontec 3000A.
Alternatively, you can set up a Wi-Fi extender kit in your home. CenturyLink offers them for $99, and Amazon offers some deals on them too.
What should my CenturyLink Internet speed be?
CenturyLink’s Price for Life 100 Mbps plan offers more than enough download speed for most homes.
If you have few internet users and smart home devices, 15 Mbps and 20 Mbps will still get you far. For moderate internet usage, go a little higher to 40 Mbps and 80 Mbps.
But if you want to zoom through the internet, CenturyLink Fiber Internet has 940 Mbps download speeds. It’s more expensive than CenturyLink’s other plans but well priced for its speed when compared to other providers.