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Uncapping a modem?

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ok, my friend uncapped his modem, im not interested in doing this, but does anybody know if this is legal, and if not, what type of punishment he will get for it in the U.S if hes caught?

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I would guess that there would be no punishment, being that it's his modem. If the modem belongs to his ISP, then they may choose to discontinue his service if he broke the TOS.

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It is illegal because he is technically stealing more bandwidth that he pays for. The punishment is usually disconnection from the service, but it can go as high as a fine or a court case.

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I'd say he's breaking his agreement with the ISP. As everyone else said, he'd probably get disconnected... just posting in to reinforce the point.

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Post by empireum »

Sorry for my ignorance but how would you – just theoretically – uncap a modem?

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Apparently you can do this by FTPing into your cable modem (and cable modems only) and then fiddling with the configs.

And answering the OPs question: http://www.geek.com/fbi-nabs-17-in-cabl ... uncapping/

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Why cant phone dsl be uncapped?

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dirtwarrior wrote:Why cant phone dsl be uncapped?
Your line stats are set by the telco.

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Post by Andy »

Can I just state that any discussion on how to do this will result in the topic being closed as it is illegal.

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Andy wrote:Can I just state that any discussion on how to do this will result in the topic being closed as it is illegal.
Oh, so you don't endorse illegal activities?
Andy wrote:I have enough XP keys to last me as long as I need. And there are easily obtainable cracks out there now anyway... 'nuff said.
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Koptor wrote:
Andy wrote:Can I just state that any discussion on how to do this will result in the topic being closed as it is illegal.
Oh, so you don't endorse illegal activities?
Andy wrote:I have enough XP keys to last me as long as I need. And there are easily obtainable cracks out there now anyway... 'nuff said.
Indeed. Everyone knows how to get XP keys and MS couldn't give a toss. Proven since every one I try except for the FCKGW one activates just fine. Uncapping modems is a crime but its one taken more seriously by the ISP's these days as its happening more and more frequently. Just look at VM. They have found a system to block the uncappers and cloners.

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Andy wrote:
Koptor wrote:
Andy wrote:Can I just state that any discussion on how to do this will result in the topic being closed as it is illegal.
Oh, so you don't endorse illegal activities?
Andy wrote:I have enough XP keys to last me as long as I need. And there are easily obtainable cracks out there now anyway... 'nuff said.
Indeed. Everyone knows how to get XP keys and MS couldn't give a toss. Proven since every one I try except for the FCKGW one activates just fine. Uncapping modems is a crime but its one taken more seriously by the ISP's these days as its happening more and more frequently. Just look at VM. They have found a system to block the uncappers and cloners.
Still stealing, therefore illegal.
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Post by constrictor »

You could also put it this way. Who dosent get keys and that stuff off the internet. Its easier to catch u if u uncap ur modem. At least with warez u dont get caught as easily.
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Perhaps it's fair if your ISP is cheating on you. I can't switch due to my parents. They charge over a 100 pound bill every 3 or so months.

They say we get 8mb or up to 3mb. The speed from the modem reports from 0.2 to a little over 2mb if I'm lucky. Were paying for 8mb, and they won't do anything about fixing the internet

Anyway, I'd love to know how to uncap a DSL modem

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livelonger87 wrote:Perhaps it's fair if your ISP is cheating on you. I can't switch due to my parents. They charge over a 100 pound bill every 3 or so months.

They say we get 8mb or up to 3mb. The speed from the modem reports from 0.2 to a little over 2mb if I'm lucky. Were paying for 8mb, and they won't do anything about fixing the internet

Anyway, I'd love to know how to uncap a DSL modem
Unfortunately thats how ADSL works. Your speed depends on your distance from the exchange. "Up to 8Mbps" is how they get around it. They don't in any way guarantee a speed, as long as it "works" they don't care and won't do anything.

Anyway you can't uncap ADSL, as stated above, the speed is set at the exchange.

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why can't he upgrade to premium services?

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rws7 wrote:why can't he upgrade to premium services?
Cost maybe?

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he did it just because he could, i pointed him to this topic, he said everybody here was full of [censored], and that he would never get caught, which i disagree with him on, because he will get caught sooner or later when the people around him start calling their ISP, asking why their internet is so slow

needless to say, i don't feel like being associated with him anymore, actually, i never did, lol

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benny1091 wrote:he did it just because he could, i pointed him to this topic, he said everybody here was full of [censored], and that he would never get caught, which i disagree with him on, because he will get caught sooner or later when the people around him start calling their ISP, asking why their internet is so slow

needless to say, i don't feel like being associated with him anymore, actually, i never did, lol
He will get caught, guaranteed.

And good on you. You don't need thieves for friends.

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Post by Kirk »

In response to the original question...
benny1091 wrote:ok, my friend uncapped his modem, im not interested in doing this, but does anybody know if this is legal, and if not, what type of punishment he will get for it in the U.S if hes caught?
Not that there's such a thing as a stupid question, but this one takes the cake. If there were a free and legal way to speed up cable Internet, why would Cable companies sell higher plans, and why would people buy higher plans for faster speeds?

Your question is really illogical. Yes, of course bandwidth theft is illegal... if there were a way to remove disk space limits on a web hosting company, that's just as illegal. Either way, it's still theft.

One could argue that an ISP has an infinite amount of bandwidth, while a web host only has so much space, but there's no such thing as unlimited bandwidth, and although more usage won't cost them more, it will slow down their network, and limit their future growth capacity.
benny1091 wrote:he did it just because he could, i pointed him to this topic, he said everybody here was full of [censored], and that he would never get caught, which i disagree with him on, because he will get caught sooner or later when the people around him start calling their ISP, asking why their internet is so slow
What an idiot.
benny1091 wrote:needless to say, i don't feel like being associated with him anymore, actually, i never did, lol
Good for you.

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Post by benny1091 »

yes, i know this question was very "un-intelligent," but i don't really study law, and I am only 16, so i guess thats what made it a little illogical, lol, but I can't wait until he gets caught, its gonna be the best "i told you so" moment ever

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Woah...

Post by st.alfonzo »

You know whats funny, my cable service, Insightbb(now Comcast) started us out with a capped modem, but something went horribly wrong and it started having a max of 20kbps download! But here's the outrageous part, when we told them what was happening, they gave us an uncapped modem!

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