If it's a gateway item, yes. For straight modems, it's basically just the firmware, etc that they mess with it and if you can see the admin screen. Otherwise, it's a straight modem so no real issues. That's why we moved to a plain modem in the first place--just trying to get rid of the same thing the OP is.This ... Also, XYZ in disguise, I'm pretty sure it was pointed but be aware your ISP will update and bounce the bridge at their leisure whether it is yours or theirs. They own the network and manage anything attached directly to it. Purchasing your own device will not change that at all.