As you recall, I ordered a used cable modem to replace the one the cable company wanted to repossess or charge $6.99/mo for, due to my cancellation of their phone service in favor of the Ooma internet phone.
The $15 Linksys cable modem from eBay came in today. As you can see, it matches the wireless router I have had for years. It is on the DOCSIS 2.0 standard, same as the old modem.
I burned some minutes on my new pay-as-you-go cell phone to talk with tech support at the cable company. Gave him the new modem’s hardware address and serial number. He registered the modem in their database. A change was required in the Windows Vista PC to let it automatically find their DNS servers, and a couple of power off/ons of the devices, but eventually it worked.
Nothing needed to be changed in the old router once I hooked it back up. I did need to give the PC a fixed IP address again, so the X10 Commander server and Plex Media Server could work as before.
Well, they just don’t make it easy, do they? In fairness, it could have been a lot harder. Their website was helpful, as was tech support. It’s just that the pricing and service structure is carefully calibrated to funnel you toward more services, more dollars and more dependency.
Of course it can be daunting to mess around with this stuff. But my mission is to cut the cable bill, at least as much as is spousally feasible.
I returned the cable company’s modem to their store. Made a ‘border run’ on the way home to celebrate.