Hooking up a second machine to your Comcast internet connection
7 September, 2011 § 5 Comments
I signed up for Comcast internet a few months ago and was quite disturbed to learn that connecting to the internet required installing their Comcast Internet software.
Visually, their software doesn’t do anything except for change your Firefox homepage (and if you are on a Mac, then it will make it so you can’t change it back) and add a bunch of shortcuts to your desktop.
I brought my work computer home today and tried to connect to my wired Ethernet connection. While my desktop computer had a good connection, my laptop didn’t. No matter what, I wasn’t going to install the Comcast crapware on another machine. After much digging through preferences, I couldn’t find anything that Comcast actually changed related to networking. My other idea was that their software simply registers your MAC addresss with their server.
After copying my desktop machine’s MAC address to my laptop, the connection succeeded.
TLDR; if you are trying to connect another machine to your Comcast connection (or a router for that matter), just clone the MAC address.