i biked to the cafe a bit before noontime to fix the wifi router at my sisterâ€™s place. iâ€™d already lent her my own router, which worked for a night before it also didnâ€™t work. the problem seemed like it was cablemodem related, especially since the online light wasnâ€™t even on. i called comcast, did some troubleshooting, but the technician didnâ€™t give me much options, said maybe my cablemodem was too old, and the fact that it was my own purchased modem (i didnâ€™t want to pay the $8/month rental fee) meant they had no obligation to help me out any further. his advice: just get a comcast cablemodem and eat the rental cost.
jack showed up at the cafe, and later so did binbin and her infant son. after i finished eating lunch, my father and i went to the comcast office to pick up a modem. i didnâ€™t realize they moved from their old office on sherman street to a new place on the corner of kirkland and beacon street (just a few blocks from my house), formerly a blockbuster videos.
back at my sisterâ€™s place i couldnâ€™t get the new modem to work. when i called comcast, the agent told me to call back in 3 hours with no explanation. i finally fished out that they were having some network issues on their end, but still, i wasnâ€™t willing to wait another 3 hours. after my father and i relocated the coaxial cable from the multi-splitter outside, i got all the relevant lights to glow steady except for the online light, which never even turned on. on a whim i tried the old modem and wouldnâ€™t you know it all the lights turned on! except i just couldnâ€™t get online, despite being assigned a working IP address in my network settings. so i called comcast again, asking the technician to see if my old cablemodem was still registered. i never got the answer i wanted, but he was willing to add my MAC address to their database again. after a few minutes of being on hold, i finally got the internet to work!
but once i connected my wireless router it was a different story, and i was once again unable to see the internet. i tried my router, and i tried the old router, but neither worked. i couldnâ€™t understand why, an even tried mirroring the MAC address of the cable modem but that didnâ€™t work either. i finally did a reset on the old netgear router. logging into the admin page via ethernet cable, i went through the easy setup, set up a wireless network with password, and viola! wireless internet!
i was going to go back to my own house, but my mother said they were having pizza so i biked to belmont instead for dinner, before returning to cambridge.
tomorrow, iâ€™m returning that new cable modem, and seeing if i can reconfigure my cable channel settings (i only have basic cable right now, which is actually mostly just the broadcast channels i can pull right right from the air without a cable box).