Check on speedtest.net and post your results. Comcast gives you powerboost which doubles your download speed for the first 10MB of a file. So if you've got the premium service (8mbps), then you should be getting up to 16mbps.
well comcast doesn't give standard customers static IPs. i know because i asked them because i had a small server at home. They said they have the right to change the IP any time they want as stated in the contract. so as for the IP change, comcast just does it whenever they feel like doing it. as for the speed upgrade, may be they installed another line so take the load of that line, or may be your next door neighbor went on vacation
How do you have your network setup? I know there's a way to change the IP address on cable setups (had to do it a few times in Diablo II) but i thought it required changing the mac address of the device connected to the computer and restarting the modem.
I work for a cable company, If you want to change your IP address just unplug your cable modem for a minute or two. Your current IP will get issued to another MAC address comming online while yours is offline and you will get a fresh one once you power it back up. All the IP's are dynamic unless you pay for a static IP.
I have not confirmed this part but I beleive a log is kept of your(meaning MAC address) IP lease times and dates on there server... my point being don't think that because you change your IP they won't know it was you doing the downloading.
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