[ale] Question about cable modem connections

Jeff Lightner jlightner at water.com
Wed Oct 1 16:43:43 EDT 2008

I don't think there was a question of what they CAN do.  It's more a
matter of what they WILL (or more appropriately WON'T) do.


Often enough they won't talk to you at all if you do NOT have a Windoze
PC or if you DO have anything (e.g. a router) between that cable modem
and the PC.  Even if you do get them to try it with anything else the
chances they'll stop and say "not supported' at the first issue is
extremely high.


Hell I've even had the Comcast people try to claim my VCR, DVD player
etc... was the reason they're TV signal was screwed despite the fact I'd
all that in place for years without a problem.



From: ale-bounces at ale.org [mailto:ale-bounces at ale.org] On Behalf Of
Stephen Benjamin
Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 4:25 PM
To: ale at ale.org
Subject: Re: [ale] Question about cable modem connections


I've never had any cable guy bring a laptop with him....

but comcast CAN do installs with only a linux box present, they just
have to call in the activation instead of using their junky software CD.

On Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 4:20 PM, Jim Kinney <jim.kinney at gmail.com> wrote:

OK. I reread (twice) the original post. wife will NOT have to config a
router. It is a NEW cable modem installation. As long as it is ONSITE
before the cable installer starts, they will (usually) connect it up as
the first device to be authorized by the installation process. The
Linksys routers default to a working out of the box mode for just this
purpose. Now the cable person can plug in the modem, plug in the router,
plug in his laptop into the router and verify connection. Then wife's
laptop will JustWork(tm) with no config on her part.

On Wed, 2008-10-01 at 08:32 -0400, Jim Lynch wrote:
> Jim Kinney wrote:
> > All the cable modem crap I've dealt with require a registered MAC
> > address. So the installer sets up the box i.e. - plugs it in) and
> > phones in to have the new device "approved" witht he MAC address of
> > the WINDOWS PC plugged into it. The modem does not provide dhcp. The
> > upstream cable service provides it.
> >
> >  I would recommend providing a broadband router of some sort
> > optional) as the WAN side by default is looking for dhcp service.
> >
> I'd never be able to get her to install and configure a router.
> I can just furnish her with the mac address if the ethernet card in
> laptop, can't I?  I don't think there will ever be a time that more
> that one computer is connected in that home, unless I'm there.
> Thanks,
> Jim.
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