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Re: Checking internet connection without a winbox



On Tue, Sep 26, 2006 at 21:39:58 +0100,
  James Wilkinson <fedora aprilcottage co uk> wrote:
> Bruno Wolff III wrote:
> > I would suggest staying away from combined routers and modems.
> > I would prefer to not have the ISP have control over routing on my local
> > network.
> 
> Depends on the router, the ISP and the technology (and who provides it).
> It's quite normal in the UK to buy an ADSL router and configure it
> yourself. The ISP doesn't get any control over the device.

In the US we normal get ours from the ISP. The advantage of them owning that
is they need to support it. If you are running your own router, reflashed
with an open system, it is going to be very hard to keep the ISP from
blaming your modem for any problems. If you stick with the delivered firmware
you risk backdoor passwords put in to make support easier and law enforcement
back doors reaching down to consumer gear (this probably hasn't happened
yet, but things are moving in that direction).


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