said by Teddy Boom:Thanks for the informative answer. I had wondered about the theft issue ..but figured the modem is just a 'key' to access service already available on the line. I think this old modem is useless now then since I won't ever be going back to rogers said by jackie999:
That's interesting ...I would have tried to flash it if I knew where to find the firmware. Is it possible to flash to the required ver then change mac addy so that it could be used as a spare?
For practical purposes no. This gets into the whole theft of service topic that I prefer to avoid, but.. Basically, there are security certificates that go with the MAC to ensure the modem you are using is really the modem it is supposed to be. Somebody might know how to do it, but I certainly can't.
I do have a copy of 188.8.131.52-RES (the RES part is redundant, as far as I can tell. It is just a restatement of the firmware version). It came from a modem that was on a US ISP, so probably Comcast. That means I do not have the administrator password for it. Except for turning it into a bridge, you really don't need admin access, so it isn't a huge problem. It does work perfectly on Rogers though, and satisfies the bureaucratic requirements that Rogers puts on the TPIA ISPs.