[lug] linux friendly (comcast) cable modem

Will will.sterling at gmail.com
Mon Jan 3 20:13:55 MST 2011

Can you buy your own modem if you have Comcast VOIP?

On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 8:11 PM, Aaron Nichols <anichols at trumped.org> wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 2:47 AM, Davide Del Vento
> <davide.del.vento at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Next question: I need to cut my monthly expenses, so I'd like to buy a
> > cable modem instead of renting. I have this model:
> >
> http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=Scientific+Atlanta+DPC2100&cid=13210343985441865160
> > (rented from comcast at $7/mo, from next month!)
> > Question is: if I buy it (and return the rented one) do I or comcast
> > need to do anything to set it up? If so, can I do the setup from
> > linux? Recommendation for other models welcome too.
> In my experience, this is OS independent. Comcast will require that
> you "register" the mac address of the new modem with them. This
> generally means calling them once you have it installed (at which
> point you have no Internet) and telling them you are replacing the
> modem and would like to register the new mac addr. It should be
> relatively painless, but takes a little time. Once swapped out and
> working, you can return the old unit.
> I've done this before and it wasn't a huge deal - I have no idea if
> there are specific compatibility issues w/ different models. I would
> assume if your modem supports the same DOCSIS standards the working
> one does you should be fine.
> Aaron
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