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Cable modem 
25th-Oct-2005 09:41 am
I purchased a new cable modem from Walmart yesterday for $64.59 (incl. tax). I bought a Motorola SB5120 to replace my dead/crappy Terayon TJ715X. I called Cox and was transferred not less than three times to get to techsupport. A new cable modem won't automatically work. You have to get your ISP to "provision" it based on its MAC address and customer serial number. I like the diagnostic interface much better on this Motorola. It actually shows the signal levels and has a log.

In short, I have internet again. It worked all night long. No reboot this morning. Even the wireless connection seems to be zippy.


That means instant messaging as well. [/happydance]

(FYI: I restrict my buddy lists, you will have to email me or post a comment to get me to add you.)

There is one thing that does bother me about this modem. It has the ability to act as a DHCP server. That means that it can assign IP addresses. I don't think this is a problem for me due to the way I have my wireless router set up (no SSIP broadcast, WEP enabled, MAC address restricted). However, it does present a security issue for those people that don't properly implement security when using WiFi. Any ole bloke with a wireless card would be assigned an IP address and can siphon off your internet or easily hack into your home network since they are now part of it. I need to find a way to turn off its DHCP capability.

26 OCTOBER 2005, 10:28AM

I got this response back regarding the DHCP feature. Suxors. I smell security issues.

Response (Ryand) - 10/25/2005 01:41 PM
Dear Mark,

Hello. Thank you for choosing Motorola. Mark unfortunately there
is no way that you can disable the DHCP server feature in the
Broadband Cable Modem. If issues persist dont hesitate to give us a
call at 1-877-466-8646 or contact us via Email. Thank you for
choosing Motorola Products and have a nice day.

Auto-Response - 10/25/2005 12:38 PM
Thank you for contacting Motorola Technical Support.
25th-Oct-2005 04:54 pm (UTC)
yeah I was quite happy with my motorola. My only issues is I have to manually boot it sometimes cause my computer is never "always on"
26th-Oct-2005 05:08 am (UTC)
hopefully, you're front, too.

And add me to your IM list, please. :)
26th-Oct-2005 07:13 pm (UTC) - IM
What do you use? I use AIM, MSN, and Jabber.
26th-Oct-2005 07:30 pm (UTC) - Re: IM
AIM - noxcatthefirst

Yahoo - noxcat
27th-Oct-2005 04:36 am (UTC) - Re: IM
Added to my AIM buddy list
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