I've been meaning to post this for a week or so, just haven't had time. Just kept forgetting, and for some reason, I remembered this morning..
.. This is kinda long, so bear with me... I was pretty impressed.
About a week ago, I finished moving after we sold our old place, and had to switch from Brighthouse, to Xfinity. I called Xfinity about 2 weeks before our move, discussed setup options, etc.. They sent me their self install kit (the digital cable box, and some other stuff), and told me I could go buy a modem, or they could lease me one for $10 a month. I went to Best Buy, and bought the modem for $50, as that seemed like a no-brainer. They assured me the services at the new address would be "on" when I got there and I could set everything up.
Now back a long time ago (when I bought my own high speed modem), I had to call my provider, and give them the MAC address, and all kinds of other crap and it was a headache getting their service to work w/ my modem (despite them telling me the modem was "compatible").
Fast forward to last week... I start w/ the instructions on the self install kit, which says to hook everything up (tv box, cable modem, etc.). As soon as I plug the cable modem in, and let it boot up, after about 2min, I notice all the lights are on, indicating it was online. "Impossible!" I thought. So I ran an ethernet cable to my laptop from the modem, and sure enough, it was online, but it only had access to some sort of intranet for Xfinity. I plugged in my account information, and it showed a summary of services I had ordered, and I chose to activate my TV and Internet service.
As soon as I hit activate, my TV immediately shut off, and the modem rebooted. After the modem completed it's boot up, the page refreshed, told me my Internet service was ready to be used, but it would take approx. 20-30min before my TV service would be available. About 25min later, my TV was working along w/ the packages I had ordered.
I don't know why (I shouldn't be surprised) but this struck me as pretty incredible, especially what I went through last time I bought a modem w/ Comcast. Only real "problem" I had, was getting my wireless router to co-operate with the modem, but thankfully a few of you guys gave me a hand w/ that.
Anyway, I just thought this was all pretty interesting, maybe I'm just behind in the times..