said by mackey:
The DOCSIS standard expressly prohibits allowing end users to update the firmware. All updates MUST come from the CMTS.
Docsis standards say no such thing. Its the incumbent that own the last mile that insist on this or that modem type and this or that firmware build; and their forced shut out of TPIA providers in regards to modem firmware updates is something they sliped into the CRTC tariffs to effect this stranglehold purposefully. (supposedly to protect the health of the incumbent network)
Entirely unethical. Its a dirty play to invigle users back to their own service. In other words deliberate sabotage.We shouldn't have to be hostages.
Now if we were allowed to use any modem that adhered to the Docsis 3.0 specifications (standards) set out by CableLabs irregardless of vendor or unit model. This might not be too much of an issue. As long as the firmware build from the TFTP or other method plays nice. MSO's don't want customers to have access or to be able to update their own bought and paid for modems on their own as it if was a router.
The incumbents don't want it that way they need to assert their control of the last mile at any cost and to hell with consumers. They don't care about you, they only care about control of their network and their bottom line, their greedy shareholders demand it.