dslreports logo
site
 
    All Forums Hot Topics Gallery
spc

spacer




how-to block ads


Search Topic:
uniqs
14
share rss forum feed

ExoticFish

join:2008-08-31
Stuarts Draft, VA
reply to blamblamblam

Re: Do I still need a self-install kit if I supply my own modem?

Comcast must run a drop cable from the tap. You cannot do that. Now if you have existing TV service you already have the drop in place. If you have all necessary wiring you may get away without having to wait for a tech to come out.
--
»www.VAJeeps.com
»www.BronzedBod.com


blamblamblam

@mindspring.com
I believe the apartment was already set-up for Comcast service, since that's what the previous tenant was using. I'm guessing that means nobody needs to come out to perform an installation?

Also, to partially answer the original question, it seems like I'd have to call Comcast and tell them the MAC address of my modem, but I think that's about it.


graysonf
Premium,MVM
join:1999-07-16
Fort Lauderdale, FL
kudos:2
Reviews:
·Comcast
The only thing I would add to my other reply is to buy the modem at a reputable retail store like Best Buy or Compusa, etc.

Never buy one off sites like ebay - it may have been stolen or a non returned leased modem and these are blacklisted by the cable companies and can not be activated.


NetFixer
Bah Humbug
Premium
join:2004-06-24
The Boro
Reviews:
·Cingular Wireless
·Comcast Business..
·Vonage
reply to blamblamblam
said by blamblamblam :

I believe the apartment was already set-up for Comcast service, since that's what the previous tenant was using. I'm guessing that means nobody needs to come out to perform an installation?

Also, to partially answer the original question, it seems like I'd have to call Comcast and tell them the MAC address of my modem, but I think that's about it.

Unless you are running an absolutely locked down browser with no possibility of allowing it to use scripting, you probably won't even need to call Comcast to activate your new modem.

In the past, Comcast would require a Windows PC running IE with ActiveX support to use their walled garden modem activation site, but that is no longer the case. I just recently activated both a new modem and an old modem from a previous Comcast residential account with no problems using the automatic walled garden site using a Mozilla based browser (with no ActiveX capabilities). The only current restriction on using the walled garden page seems to be that you have to use it with a directly connected PC instead of going through a NAT router (but that may be router dependent).

One problem you might run into is if the previous tenant in your apartment left a bill balance with Comcast, or did not return Comcast owned equipment. In that case, you will probably need to physically go to the local Comcast office to provide positive identification to prove that you are not the previous tenant.
--
We can never have enough of nature.
We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander.


EG
The wings of love
Premium
join:2006-11-18
Union, NJ
kudos:10
reply to blamblamblam
said by blamblamblam :

I believe the apartment was already set-up for Comcast service, since that's what the previous tenant was using. I'm guessing that means nobody needs to come out to perform an installation?

That would depend on whether or not the line has been disconnected at the tap on the pole or pedestal when the other person had discontinued their service.