On Tuesday I went on over to Tiger Direct and picked up the D-Link DMC-202 cable modem. It was $49.99 with a $20 MIR so I really couldn’t go wrong with that. I got home after work and decided to go right ahead in replacing the Netgear CG814WG with the D-Link. I had no problems getting it hooked up along with the router. After releasing and renewing the DHCP tables on the Linksys WRT54G, I was able to pick up my new IP address and the DNS information.
Unfortunately when I accessed the internet, every website would be forwarded to a Comcast page for new/current customers to download software to begin the installation process. Alright fine, so I downloaded some bloatware, went through the steps only to be notified that my account needed to be updated first in order to continue. So I called in to reference the bill. The current balance due was $4.12 (most likely from a movie I had ordered on demand.) Ridiculous. So I called in tech support instead, and found out that Comcast AT FIRST will tell you that you cannot use your own equipment. Once I mentioned what THEIR product was doing, she continued to the next step.
The major downfall with Comcast is that when you want to use your own equipment, you have to register the MAC ID with support, and then they will add that. You also have to make sure that they remove the internet block that’s in place from changing out the cable modem. Needless to say, I spent two hours on the phone with tech support only to find out from the second rep, that there was “some error” occurring which means that my internet would be done for “about 24 hours.” Ridiculous!
I was getting quite pissed off at that point, and you could tell how annoyed I was, so she put me on hold for the supervisor. At that point I decided to call my friend JP because I had already been on hold for about 15 minutes. We were talking for about five minutes when the supervisor came on the line, asked me my name, to which I gave it to her… Next thing I know the line is disconnected. It was already really late, so I decided to wait until the next day to resolve the issue.
Ended up getting a really sweet girl on the phone Wednesday, who ended up getting the MAC ID registered, turned off the internet block, and got me going in about 45 minutes or so.
I have had about 29 hours of uptime thus far with the new equipment. Versus a paltry 1-2 hours from the Netgear. I’ve been back on Halo 3 with no problems whatsoever and have finally ranked back up to a Sergeant, Grade 3. If I hadn’t lost 11EXP from my connection, I’d be a Gunnery Sergeant. 🙁 Oh well!
I’ve been meeting some awesome people on xbox live. Been sticking with the same few guys when I go on there to play. Last night I ended up playing with two different teams for at least 10 games a piece. Probably more since I ranked up a lot last night. Regardless, Halo 3 is on my mind too much. It’s kind of ridiculous.
Saturday my friend JP is coming over and we’re going to have some Halo 3 drinking games. At least that’s what I think is going to be going down, but I haven’t finalized anything. All I know is that my room is a fucking mess, and it needs to be picked up, stat.