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About that time I heard the distant thunder of goosestep marching and a knock on the door....
What kind of new toy do they have now that could detect this kind of thing?
You didn't mention you had a router, before he said anything about 2 'puters, right?
>why do I have a router anyway
Tell them because you want a hardware firewall. They are faster and don't require any PC resources.
Edited by: Drastic
Deathmatches aplenty now for three years ;).
On DOCSIS modems, they register the MAC addresses of any device that hooks up to the cable modem, even if it is no longer hooked up - even if the cable modem is unplugged - it stays in memory and the Cable company can see it anytime they Poll.
If at one time, you had the computer hooked up directly to the cable modem, that is one address they recorded.
If you then added the router, they recorded that one as well. I do not believe they would detect a computer behind the router itself. I know the modem itself can not.
99.9% of the people on the phone do not understand most of the stuff on the screen. I have talked to 100s of them, and most do not know what they are doing.
I have seen the internal software cable modem providers user to track their system. While they do track your MAC address, amount of data transfered, DB level of your line, packets resent, and other stuff - they make no effort to determine the number of computers. I do not even believe there is any option for that.
On many cable modems you can access the internal DOCSIS screen by going to 192.168.100.1 in the browser itself.
You will see the list of MAC addresses I am talking about.
The people on the phone always jump to conclusions. By the way, I have seen many routers fixed just by doing a flash upgrade. This has happened on three of the Linksys routers I have used or helped install.
The Linksys router will also let you spoof MAC addresses in case the bozos at the cable company have a problem with your MAC address.
Then again, this was for only one company, other companies may vary. The DOCSIS standard is pretty strict though, and I do not recall seeing anything in there for individual computer monitoring off one IP - I could be wrong though - it has been a while since I read it.
I am on RR. I have the cable modem feed to an old P90 that has two network cards and runs a proxy server package (You could replace this with a cable modem router. Linksys makes a nice one). The second network card feeds to a 24 port hub. I then have a N*vell 5 server and 4 print servers that hang out with two games PCs, one work PC, a kids on-line home school PC and a laptop in the family room.
I am a LAN Admin for a N*vell shop and spend 40% of my time doing Intranet work, when I get off after a long day and drag my behind home I get hit with....
You guessed it, the same thing. Work on my e-comm site and adminstrate the LAN and do break fix plus throw in the normal house work to boot. Oh yeah, your favorite topic, deal with sales calls (Grrrrr).
I tell people I have a passion for these things, I'm starting to wonder if I am just plain crazy ;).