Cable ISPs normally require one or more of the following things before service can be provided to your cable modem:
If your cable ISP requires you to let them know the HFC MAC address of your cable modem, see Finding the HFC MAC Address of the cable modem, then communicate it to your ISP as they require.
NTL note: As of June 2001, NTL are operating an automated cable modem registration procedure that eliminates the need to communicate the HFC MAC address of the cable modem to them before the cable modem will work. Please follow whatever instructions NTL sent you in their Welcome letter. You will not need to know your HFC MAC address for the online registration procedure, but you might need to know it when requesting technical support.
As from mid-April 2001, unregistered cable modems are automatically given a limited cable modem service: the cable modem has an unreg.cm configuration file, with only limited bandwidths, limited on-line time, and no ability to browse anywhere other than NTL's auto-registration site. They will be given IP addresses in the range xxx.xxx.xxx.248 to xxx.xxx.xxx.253. These customers do not get full service until they have completed their registration online. This auto-recognition procedure works only for cable modems having HFC MAC addresses identifying them as one of the supported models on the NTL network:
In NTL ex-C&W franchise areas, cable modem service is provided through the Pace digital TV set-top-boxes. These STBs are allocated a configuration file no-bia.cm until you request and are granted broadband service. STB users (unlike stand-alone cable modem users) have to register the MAC address of the network interface of the device connected to the STB before that device can be used with the cable connection. They may register up to five different MAC addresses, but can use only one at a time (see Swapping PCs on the cable modem).
The registration process is completed after you are on-line with your cable modem, using a web browser as described below in Post-Installation Registration.
If your ISP requires you to tell them the MAC address of your PC's network interface, then see Finding the MAC address of a PC's network interface, then communicate it to your ISP as they require. If you use a router, you should tell them the MAC address of the router's WAN port instead.
NTL users receiving broadband service through a digital TV set-top box, please see First connection to Pace set top box on NTL below.
Blueyonder users have to register the MAC address of the network interface of the device connected to the cable modem before that device can be used with the cable connection. They may register up to five different MAC addresses, but can use only one at a time (see Swapping PCs on the cable modem below). MAC registration can be done online (via any connection, not just a cable one) through the Self Care web site: http://help.blueyonder.co.uk/selfcare/, or, if that is not working, by telephone to Tech Support on 0800 953 2000. If you are using a NAT router connected to the cable modem, you need to register only the MAC address of the WAN port of the router, and not the MAC addresses of each PC connected to the LAN ports of the router.
It is necessary to repeat this procedure if you connect to the STB another PC (or router) which has never previously been registered with this STB. Once a PC (or router) has been registered with the STB, you only need to re-boot the STB when swapping to it.
If the device you have just connected to the STB is a router, then you should perform the registration procedure via a web browser in one of the LAN clients of the router, although it will be the MAC address of the WAN port of the router that you will be registering, not that of the PC running the browser. When you have completed the MAC registration page (or you are asked to close the browser and restart), restart the router (or make it request a new DHCP lease), not the PC.
This process of registering the client MAC address is quite separate from the registration of the cable modem HFC MAC address with the ISP.
Note that the MAC registration screen is only available to devices whose MAC address has not been previously registered. Once the MAC address has been registered, it is never possible to get back to the MAC registration screen. The site start.ntl does not actually exist.
You must have received an ntl:home Welcome letter containing:
These enable you to register online for ntlworld ISP services such as e-mail and web space. Cable modem users are not permitted access to the internet (apart from the registration server) until this registration has been completed.
You are then prompted for the other data from your Welcome letter. If at this stage, the registration fails to complete (e.g. because of failures within the network or registration servers), you need to return later to complete the registration manually, as below. In the meantime, you will not be able to access any part of the internet apart from the registration server URL given below. If it is inaccessible, keep trying until it is working.
After successful online registration, it is then necessary to power the cable modem off and on again (do not mistake the SB4100 front standby button for a power button) to load the proper configuration file and obtain the intended class of service, and then re-boot your PC. You will know when you get a final configuration when your PC gets given an IP address outside the temporary ranges. Surfboard users can check the class of service they have obtained by viewing the cable modem log after the re-boot.
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