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if i wanted to check the up and down stream of a modem that is not pulling an IP adress. is there a generic ip address that i can use to check the firm ware of the modem?
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There's no public IP address, that returns a modem's firmware information. This is because modems don't publish such data to the contacted sites.

If it's a 56k modem (or in other words, a "analog phone line based" modem), then you cannot query the firmware information using an IP address, but you can query it with AT commands. The easiest way is to use the modem diagnostics page in Windows control panel. For Windows XP, opoen Control Panel, then open System, click the Hardware tab, click the Device Manager button, locate your modem in the list and double click on it. On the modem properties window select the Diagnostics tab, then push the Query Modem button. For Windows 9x, open Control Panel, then open the Modems icon, select Diagnostics, click on the modem and the rest is the same. Most modems return the firmware version in one of the "ATI" query commands.
If it's a broadband modem, then it may have an internal administration page, that usually listens at 192.168.1.1, 192.168.1.254, 192.168.0.1, or 192.168.0.254, but it can be many other address as well. Your modem manual will tell you which address is right. Visit the admin page with a regular webbrowser, it will likely contain the firmware version information.
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