Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
This subforum is now locked. Please post TelstraClear topics in the Vodafone forum. You can find more information here.




13 posts

Geek


Topic # 106387 23-Jul-2012 11:56 Send private message

Just had a cable install done and was wondering where there was so much kit. Have the Freeview T-Box, a wireless router and two cable modems. Cable is split into three, with a line going into the T-Box and each of the modems. Seems a lot of kit.

Does my t-box have an HD in it, or is it using the second cable modem to up and downlink traffic to network storage? Or is it purely for upgrades/network info etc.


Create new topic
178 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 3

Trusted

  Reply # 660347 23-Jul-2012 12:59 Send private message

The T-Box does indeed have a hard drive.

The cable modem associated with the T-Box is used to get the on-screen guide, pay-per-view purchases, etc..

Cable modems are commodity items, much for so than things like the T-Box. So, counterintuitively, it's cheaper to pair a cable modem with the T-Box than to build the cable modem into the T-Box.

The T-box cable modem doesn't connect to the Internet. It's on a separate virtual network. You can see that the T-Box's IP address is 10.x.x.x, in private address space.

The Internet cable modem of course DOES connect to the Internet. It's also usually not very close to the T-box. If the T-Box and the Internet did share a common cable modem, then they'd have to use Cat-5 cable to connect to each other, AND would need a router or at the least an Ethernet hub. Thus, sharing the cable modem wouldn't reduce the number of devices.



13 posts

Geek


  Reply # 660354 23-Jul-2012 13:06 Send private message

Ahh, I see. Guess it helps with keeping technical box stuff unmetred.

3015 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 196

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 660385 23-Jul-2012 14:27 Send private message

I guess more reliable than running the T-Box over the internet but does cause tie in to the internet supplier if this were used in future IPTV services.





Create new topic




Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

How stable are snap IP addresses?
Created by Physn, last reply by timmmay on 23-Oct-2014 10:38 (19 replies)
Pages... 2


Who Audits IRD?
Created by gundar, last reply by charsleysa on 22-Oct-2014 15:52 (18 replies)
Pages... 2


Spark Socialiser
Created by freitasm, last reply by freitasm on 22-Oct-2014 18:39 (34 replies)
Pages... 2 3


American legal jurisdiction in New Zealand
Created by ajobbins, last reply by gzt on 21-Oct-2014 14:58 (30 replies)
Pages... 2


Another Trade Me competitor: SellShed
Created by freitasm, last reply by SellShed on 22-Oct-2014 11:54 (42 replies)
Pages... 2 3


iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. Gonna get one?
Created by Dingbatt, last reply by Paul1977 on 23-Oct-2014 10:39 (85 replies)
Pages... 4 5 6


Theif taunts 12 year old via stolen laptop
Created by macuser, last reply by charsleysa on 22-Oct-2014 23:49 (12 replies)

Snap have failed our company!
Created by dafman, last reply by sbiddle on 23-Oct-2014 11:23 (35 replies)
Pages... 2 3



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.