AT&T Compatible Modems Complete List

Owning an AT&T compatible modem is one of the easiest ways to lower your AT&T internet bill. Many of our clients report that after less than 2 years of owning their modem it has already paid for itself.  We’ve been helping our customers save money since 2014, and we noticed that other modem compatibility lists online can be confusing to read and make it hard to find the best modem for your service plan. We hope you find our list of AT&T compatible modems helpful in removing that equipment rental fee from your AT&T internet service bill.

After deciding on the features and specs you’ll be looking for in your AT&T modem, you can use the list below to compare and find the best option for your setup. We have carefully vetted each model to ensure that other customers have been able to activate successfully with AT&T. If, however there’s any missing information, you have a question, or you feel there’s something inaccurate on our list, please leave a comment below for our technical support staff or contact us and we’ll help you out!

RatingBrandModelDownload*PhoneWifiDSL Type
(11 reviews
ActiontecGT784WN300 MbpsNo2.4GHzADSL
(31 reviews)
ActiontecGT701D24 MbpsNoNoADSL2/2+
(4 reviews)
ArrisNVG599300 MbpsYes2.4GHzVDSL2/ADSL2+
(23 reviews)
ArrisNVG589300 MbpsYes2.4GHzVDSL2/ADSL2+
ArrisBGW3209800 MbpsYes2.4GHz & 5GHzFiber
(11 reviews)
ArrisBGW2101000 MbpsYes2.4GHzVDSL2
MotorolaDF336024 MbpsNoNoADSL2
(8 reviews)
Netgear755024 MbpsNo2.4GHzADSL2
NetgearD64001000 MbpsNo2.4GHz & 5GHzVDSL/ADSL
NetgearDM111PSP100 MbpsNoNoADSL2+
(63 reviews)
Pace4111n100 MbpsNo2.4GHzADSL
(5 reviews)
Pace52681000 MbpsYes2.4GHz & 5GHzADSL2+/VDSL2
TP-LINKTD-861624 MbpsNoNoADSL2+

*These are the max speeds the technology can accommodate. Speeds may vary based on configuration and other factors.

How to Pick Your AT&T Modem

Now that you’ve decided it’s time to stop renting your modem, it’s best to give AT&T a call. You’re probably aware by now that there are several options to choose from for your customer-owned modem. The best way to prevent activation and service issues is to call AT&T and find out what models they recommend for your plan – or at least the minimum specifications you should look for. You’ll need to ask specifically for your internet speed, and what type of internet it is (Fios, DSL, Cable, etc.).

After you know that, consider what kinds of devices you use and what you’ll be using your internet for. For example, if you have a lot of wireless devices like cell phones and tablets, you may want to think about getting a device with a high powered router, or if you’re a twitch streamer / gamer you may want a device that can handle a lot of data at once at higher speeds.

Arris BGW320 AT&T DSL Modem Router Combo
Arris BGW320 AT&T DSL Modem
Netgear DGND3700 N600 Dual-Band ADSL2+ Modem
Netgear DGND3700 N600 Dual-Band ADSL2+ Modem for AT&T

How Our Customers Save Money with AT&T

Every year, our customers come to us asking the best way to save money on their AT&T internet bill. We always mention looking over your service plan to ensure that you’re not paying for anything that you don’t use, but the EASIEST way to save is to stop renting your modem and router. AT&T customers generally pay around $120/year, in equipment rental fees. We feel that’s way too much, especially with how often we hear about the performance issues from those rented devices. Our customers will find that by owning their equipment, they’re less likely to experience those same perfomance issues, while they also save money on their AT&T bill.

Unfortunately, service providers don’t make it very easy to own your equipment and sometimes even discourage it, explaining that they won’t be able to provide the same technical support that they normally would with their rental. Luckily, at ModemGuides we cover that by providing top-notch US-based technical support via phone and email. Our staff are experienced with, troubleshooting, activation and common issues that arise when working with AT&T DSL. If your internet provider is giving you a hard time, just contact us with your order information and we will help out as soon as possible!

How to Save on AT&T Modem Rental Fees

Owning your own AT&T modem can save you as much as $120 per year! Most of the AT&T modems we offer pay themselves off within about 6 months to 1 year. As a result, you’ll end up saving more than the cost of your new modem in a year or less from the $10/month savings on your modem rental fee.

As with all modems, compatibility can vary based on your location and available internet plans where you live. It’s always a good idea to call your provider before you purchase any modem from us, or any other online retailer to ensure that the model you’ve selected will be a good fit for your service and be able to activate in your area as residential equipment.

AT&T Modem FAQ

Common questions on activating AT&T compatible modems, technical support, and general information that can help you optimize your internet. Don’t see the info you need? Drop us a line at the bottom of the page, or contact us for assistance!

How to cancel AT&T internet?

About Cancellations & Early Termination Fees:

AT&T allows cancellations within 14 days of activating your internet with them without having to pay any Early Termination fees (ETF). After that 14-day period has expired, you’ll likely be responsible for some fees and other charges that are incurred through cancellation. You’ll also be required to return any leased or rented equipment. If you’ve signed up for a plan with a term commitment, you must also pay service fees and other additional ETF charges. If you’re cancelling with AT&T, it’s definitely a good idea to look over any contracts you’ve signed and determine how much a cancellation will cost you before proceeding.

How to Cancel Your AT&T Internet:

To let AT&T know you want to cancel, you’ll need to contact them by phone during normal operating hours at +1-800-228-2020. Make sure to have your account number and account PIN handy to make the call go smoother.

How to Install AT&T Internet Yourself?

How to Connect your Replacement Modem

Tip: Take a picture of your current modem for reference while you install the new one.

  1. Transfer your existing connections one at a time to the new gateway.
  2. Plug the power cord into your new modem and then into an electrical outlet. While the new gateway powers up, don’t unplug the green data cable or the power cable. When the Service and Broadband lights go from flashing to solid green, you’re ready to go.
  3. At this point, if you are setting up a rental model, you should be good to go to browse and use your network as normal. For customer-owned equipment you’ll need to call AT&T customer service to have them add the new equipment to your account on the back end.

If you have U-verse TV, make sure you restart your DVR and all other TV receivers after the Service light turns solid green. Just press and hold the power button on each receiver for 10 seconds.

How to connect to your WiFi
  1. Locate the WiFi sticker on your new modem. In most models, this sticker will be a bright yellow or white with black text. It has your Wi-Fi network name (SSID) and password.
  2. On a computer or device you want to connect to the internet, go to the wireless network settings.
  3. Find and select your new Wi-Fi network name and then enter the 12-character password. Your device should connect to the internet.
Return your Old Equipnent

If you’re replacing a rental model, make sure you contact AT&T for return instructions to get the rental back to them.

How Do I Pick the Best Modem for my AT&T Service?

We always recommend checking out your internet plan and the modem you’re currently using from AT&T as a rental, or other equipment you’ve used with them in the past to get an idea of the type of DSL modem you’ll need.

Once you’ve narrowed down the type of modem you need, you can use our list of AT&T compatible modems and equipment to select the one that will meet your specific needs.

We always recommend calling your provider to double check before placing an order, just to ensure there will be no compatibility problems when you go to activate your new modem.

I'm not sure how to activate my modem.

We get this question all the time! If you’re not sure, you can always call your provider’s customer service phone number (AT&T’s is +1-800-288-2020). They’ll always be able to help walk you through a self-activation or just do the activation themselves over the phone. It’s super easy this way, but you can also follow the AT&T activation instructions below.

How to Connect your Replacement Modem

Tip: Take a picture of your current modem for reference while you install the new one.

  1. Transfer your existing connections one at a time to the new gateway.
  2. Plug the power cord into your new modem and then into an electrical outlet. While the new gateway powers up, don’t unplug the green data cable or the power cable. When the Service and Broadband lights go from flashing to solid green, you’re ready to go.
  3. At this point, if you are setting up a rental model, you should be good to go to browse and use your network as normal. For customer-owned equipment you’ll need to call AT&T customer service to have them add the new equipment to your account on the back end.

If you have U-verse TV, make sure you restart your DVR and all other TV receivers after the Service light turns solid green. Just press and hold the power button on each receiver for 10 seconds.

How to connect to your WiFi
  1. Locate the WiFi sticker on your new modem. In most models, this sticker will be a bright yellow or white with black text. It has your Wi-Fi network name (SSID) and password.
  2. On a computer or device you want to connect to the internet, go to the wireless network settings.
  3. Find and select your new Wi-Fi network name and then enter the 12-character password. Your device should connect to the internet.
Return your Old Equipnent

If you’re replacing a rental model, make sure you contact AT&T for return instructions to get the rental back to them.

What is the difference between a modem and a router?

Essentially, you can break down a modem vs a router simply by saying that modems translate data into a form that can be transmitted on the internet to other people, whereas routers transmit that data onto the internet.

Modem Definition

From Merriam Webster: a device that converts signals produced by one type of device (such as a computer) to a form compatible with another (such as a telephone) and that is used especially to transmit and receive information between computers via landlines.

 

Router Definition

From Merriam Webster: a device that mediates the transmission routes of data packets over an electronic communications network (such as the Internet).

 

Did we answer all your questions about the AT&T compatible modems? Let us know in the comments, or leave your own questions for our technicians to answer!

2 thoughts on “AT&T Compatible Modems List

  1. Terry Troupe says:

    The BGW320 Modem advertizes that it has 4 ethernet ports. I Have tried two of these modems and the blue 5g port is dead. I need four ports for my equipment, is there something else I need to do to get the fourth port to work? Tech support has not been able to help me.

    1. ModemGuides says:

      Hi Terry!

      Depending on your carrier and the firmware that they’ve chosen to load onto your BGW320. You may have better luck requesting to speak with “tier 2” or “tier 3” support from your internet provider. Otherwise you may want to look into getting an ethernet switch for your excess connections. I’d probably go with the switch, since this model has better features than most of the other ones on the market right now.

      Hope that helps!

      MG Support

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