said by lordpuffer:
I don't really need or want a Modem that is also a Wireless Router. I believe from reading about it that I just may have to get one so that I can get Phone service with them.
I have their phone bundle too. The Arris models that they've provided don't have (and I didn't want) wireless in the cable modem. The TM802G was fine, but I wanted access to the modem's status page. So I went back to the TM602G. Both of those have the phone option and don't have wireless (or an internal router). 'helpfultech1' lists a few other models above.
If you get a cable modem model that has wireless access, it also has an internal router. Then you'd have to concern yourself with that internal router's capabilities vs. the one you already own.
said by lordpuffer:
I do that now with DSL, and it's called Transparent Bridging. I thought it would be the same with Cable. I'll look further into it.
Here's a more few bits about cable modems:
A cable modem provides you with a RJ45 ethernet port. Whatever you plug into there will use standard DHCP to get a WAN IP address. No special software is needed (or desired) for your router or PC.
There is no run-time user id and password like there is with DSL. However, the cable modem's serial number / MAC address must be known to CableOne or else they won't allow it to get service on their network. They associate that modem's MAC with your account. If you brought in your own personal cable modem you'd have to call CableOne to tell them its MAC address.
CableOne "provisions" (configures) the cable modem to operate on their network, this happens when the modem powers on. Part of that provisioning indicates the maximum speed of your service. If you get the 50/2 service, it will be the cable modem that throttles your speed. You can't change any aspect of that provisioning yourself.
Normally there's status pages for your cable modem that responds to browsers at »192.168.100.1
. Most customers don't care about that, they're better off to call for support when something isn't working right.
Often a cable modem is provisioned to respond to a maximum of 1 device. They limit devices so that they don't give out too many WAN IP's. When you plug something different into the cable modem's ethernet port then you may have to power off the modem for a minute or so in order to clear out the device that it previously remembered.
In order to have phone service with CableOne then you'll also have a cable modem model with a RJ11 phone jack on it. The phone service is a form of VOIP. It's operates on a different logical network than your other internet usage, so using the phone doesn't accumulate your byte-count data usage limit. One special feature of those modems is their ability to keep the phone portion alive for a while during a power outage. They have a battery in them. They can't keep the rest of your internet service alive, only the phone portion.
To provide phone service for a whole house, the RJ11 phone jack gets connected to an existing house wall jack. Then the exterior connection that went to the telephone company is disconnected. If the house has old non-standard wiring then that might not work.