Posted 17 December 2013 - 20:50
Renting places include "Service charges" so that's where they make their money.
For it to be worth it to rent it, it would have to be costing you less than $7 a month for a $200 device. If you are paying $10/month then you're gonna be paying more than it's worth after some time. In 1 year, your $200 router is only worth $80-140 at most.
You don't need the newest one all the time no matter what the marketing team says, especially on routers. 802.11N came out some years ago and 802.11AC just started to get going now and will be in play for another 3-5yrs. You wont get much more "speed" by getting AC if your laptops are still G or N. So unless you plan on upgrading those every year too it wont make a single difference.