Comcast –

They’re getting their last chance.  Morons took me down with their last config fix by re-enabling the blocking of port-80 when they uploaded the most recent “cure-all” config to the modem.

Mental note:  If anyone ever tries to hand you an SMC 8013 or SMC8014 cable modem, run, don’t walk, in the opposite direction.  They are complete crap and can’t handle a simple, single-threaded ISO image download from Microsoft.  (god forbid I do anything in a peer-to-peer network, where downloads are coming in from multiple sources….)

Tomorrow they’re bringing a new NetGear modem out.  if this doesn’t work, I’m going to buy my own (after some careful consulting with one who knows much more about these things than I do) and yell and scream until they provision it for me.

If that doesn’t work, they can go spit, I’ll go back to Verizon.  It was slow, but at least it bloody-well worked.


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    • on May 1, 2007 at 2:11 pm
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    Don’t have to do much of anything for the provisioning. Just give em the mac address of the modem 🙂

    • on May 1, 2007 at 2:12 pm
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    Oh… one thing, *MAKE SURE* they remove the old mac address when you give them the new one. I was down on three different occasions because they had multiple mac addresses in the system for my account. Somehow something they were doing kept magically adding my old modem’s mac back into the system.

  1. Interesting – I know they have two modems associated, I’ll have to check to make sure the old Linksys has been taken off.

    I’ve got a Juniper Networks firewall en-route. I didn’t want to mess with the WRT54Gv6, and really unfortunately don’t have time to play with it. But this is a many:many NAT with a hardware Firewall, so we’ll see how it goes.

    Our security guy at work speaks highly of them, though he says not really for large enterprise applications (management is apparently not easy when you overgrow them)

    • on May 2, 2007 at 4:53 pm
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    I have a buddy with a netscreen. The biggest problem he had was it would only route one external IP. Here’s hoping you didn’t get the same model!

    As for me, I just got some new qwest DSL run to the house as well as my comcast. Currently waiting on a cisco 1721 with a WIC-1ADSL card for that setup.

    I’m still wondering why cisco never bothered to make a cable termination WIC. Seemed like a no-brainer to me. Then again, maybe they have and I just don’t know about it.

  2. The vendor who sold this to me has assured me that this supports Many:Many Network Address Translation.

    Not that I take Vendors at face value, but it’s a good start.

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