Home Cable line network question

April 23, 2009 at 12:16:43
Specs: Windows XP, pentium core 2 duo 2
Ok, So I am moving into my friends basement, and he has his router upstairs. Rather than set up a network bridge, and deal with the connection, I had another question.

If any of the rooms in his basement downstairs has a cable outlet (for tv or so) would I be able to plug a cable router into that, and use that for my internet connection (and plug a network cable from the router into my own wireless)? Or would this not work? Or would the cable company see that there are two modems attached to the address (via mac address or something) and would only allow one?

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April 23, 2009 at 12:58:32
It would not work. AFAIK, only 1 Cable Modem is allowed per end user line. For most cable ISPs you must register the MAC address of the cable modem on their network and it has to be associated with a customer number. Since this is tied to the customer info (house address, name, etc.) they would know that something was up.

They have to do this or they would loose TONS of money in apartment building or other multi-family dwellings as anyone would be able to piggy-back on their signal.

Why not just tie into his network? All it would take is a patch cable from his router to your machine in the basement.

Let me know if you have more questions or need help figuring out how to make it work.

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