brandonSome truth included in this post.Premium
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Re: Switching to mediacom today. What to expect? Well, the tech visit just ended, and I had some questions that hopefully can be answered. The tech was a Mediacom contractor, and was generally friendly and efficient.
In the first photo, you'll see the splitter is installed inside my house right by my modem. Typically, I have seen these installed outside for cable TV (back when I lived in my old house), and it's installed outside on my DirecTV. I actually wanted to know if it was entirely necessary anyway, as there is nothing else using the coax. I think I remember reading somewhere that it was, but it's been a long time since I've done anything with cable.
I also wondered if the line going to the tap needed to be in any sort of conduit since it's running underground, or if it's ok as is.
Lastly, the tech was checking to find which outlet was the one the modem was connected to, and in the testing process, stripped off all the old lines and just kind of left them. Is this ok for if I ever need to use those lines in the future? I mean I know you can just cut off the ends, but is this usually how it's done?
Another thing--according to the promo, I have WiFi included free for 3 months, and then I pay the going rate. I obviously don't want to do that and have my own WAP that I'd like to use. I'd also like to set up the modem/gateway they gave me (Cisco DPC3825) to work within my current network, rather than reconfiguring my entire network around its addressing scheme, but I can't figure out how to access the admin page (currently it's 192.168.0.1, but I don't have a username and password to access it. Is this even given out?)
Lastly, I'm going to call ASAP and cancel the WiFi so I don't get charge for it, but are they going to switch me to a different modem to turn the wifi off? How does that work, exactly? I've never been with a provider that charged for wifi, so I'm not even sure how they would control it (unless they never actually give access to the admin page!)