Basic Qs: router status page, and mac cloning
Posted on 2006-04-11
I think I understand what IPCONFIG tells me -- what IP has been assigned to my PC's network device, and what is the IP of the device it connects to (the gateway)
So if I go to my router status page (in internetn explorer), and see the following:
Login Type: DHCP
Internet IP Address: 18.104.22.168
Subnet Mask: 255.255.248.0
Default Gateway: 22.214.171.124
Which IP number above ("internet ip address" or "default gateway") corresponds to the cable modem? And what does the other correspond to?
I read the following at ee about Mac Cloning: "it is used when your cable company registers the MAC addreess of the first machine that connects to it, and then won't connect with the router. you then clone the mac address fo the first machine that connected, and then the cable company thinks that's the machine that is conencted"
WAit -- how can the cable company see into the router at all? How does it see past the modem? I th oguht they just communicate up to the modem, that's it... And does this issue depend on modem/router brand/model, or is it a universal issue? (if so, why did I only encounter it recently?)