Steps for running your own cable or DSL modem instead of leasing

Steps for running your own cable or DSL modem instead of leasing

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First, let me digress at bit. I work on technical support for a worldwide health and wellness group I belong to. They do worldwide web conferences that is Java based. You get folks who can’t connect or have other technology issues – that’s where I came in.

The moderator talked about Ubuntu and I shared some experiences with it. They are good for the most part. But I mentioned using the OpenJDK and someone else mentioned Red Hat’s Iced Tea. A little research uncovered that Iced Tea is grown from OpenJDK.

I don’t get into “camps”, like Oracle JDK, OpenJDK, Iced Tea, etc. I’m more into what works. Many years ago, I followed a product called Jboss, which Wiki classifies as “a JavaBeans Open Source Software Application Server.” Then Red Hat acquired them. They still kept a community version and recently renamed the software to WildFly. I kind of like the new name.

Now here is a Ubuntu question.  Is it better to:

  • Stay with version 12.04, which promises long-term support for 5 years?


  • Just upgrade to the latest production stable version and keep checking for software updates daily?

Cable modem


Amazon shipment



Today I have a Motorola modem with Comcast. I lease it and they recently raised the price to seven dollars a month. So I did a bit of research and recommend the following steps (i.e. substitute the same for DSL).

  • Contact your vendor (i.e. Cable, Time Warner, ATT, etc.) and see if they have a list of recommended or approved modems. For Comcast, this is found at My Device Info. They have a link to where to buy them at My New Modem by Infinity at . For the record, I settled on the Motorola SB6121. From the Comcast perspective, it has a 3 star (i.e. the highest) rating, along with D3 and Ipv6 support.
  • The recommended buy link is Amazon. Now we have another check. Out of about 1700 user ratings, it gets four out of five stars. Amazon gives a great discount (i.e. about one-third off retail), along with free super saver shipping, etc.
  • Who handles the Comcast modem firmware upgrades? Or you can substitute Time Warner, ATT, etc., for Comcast. I did ask this question on an online chat with Comcast. Comcast confirmed that they do the firmware upgrades. This is fine with me, as it’s one less technology chore I need to deal with.
  • Another thing to look into is insurance. Amazon has deals with a firm called Square Deal. I found it interesting for several reasons. If I look at their website, the Web of Trust plug-ins don’t flag them. As their website mentions, “Web of Trust (WOT) shows you which websites you can trust based on millions’ of users experiences, so you can enjoy your surfing 100%!” They do have 4.5 – 5 stars on Amazon, Google and Apple, based on user ratings. I also researched them on the Better Business Bureau. They turn out to be a BB accredited business, with an A+ rating. Since I am saving money via Amazon on price, shipping, etc., it pays to add the low-priced warranty.
  • If you don’t read the main reviews under the product description – shame on you. You might miss some great technology advice. In my case, someone mentioned that the number needed for Comcast comes from the box wrapping itself. In other words, the number is on the box – not the modem.
  • One last tip.  If you live in the US and this is a USPS Amazon shipment, register the Amazon tracking number with USPS track and confirm website.  You get an email notification of any shipment updates.  This is in addition to the Amazon tracking tab.




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