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Will my comcast boxes work in a different area?

post #1 of 8
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I have a cable modem(which I own) and a cisco rng200 cable box. I am a comcast customer in Florida. I am moving to Seattle which is also an area covered by comcast. Because my box and internet service are on my parents account in order to save some $$$ and get the premium channels they subscribe to I was wondering if the equipment would work in Seattle or not. Has anybody ever done this?
post #2 of 8
The cable modem should work just fine, though you will probably need to open another account.

The box is a different story. They tend to be tied to nodes, and if they get moved to another node, they get bricked and can't be reactivated without Comcast doing it. A node is basically a neighborhood, so going from Florida to Seattle is just a bit out of the range. tongue.gif

You need to open your own Comcast account in Seattle. Turn your box into the local office in Florida, take your modem, open a new account in Seattle, get a new box, and set everything up there.
post #3 of 8
And your parents will just love you when they get that $100 to $200 charge for a box that is MIA.
post #4 of 8
If you could use your parents' account to get Cable and Internet services, what would stop you from using just about anybody's account? Friends, neighbors, strangers you met on the internet....
All would be considered piracy.
post #5 of 8
Unless he currently lives in his parents' home and they are paying the bill..

Bottom line is.... you can't legally take a cable box that is rented to a subcriber/address to a different location. Technically, it will be de-authorized and unusable at the new location (or anywhere else).
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by roblip86 View Post

..... my box and internet service are on my parents account in order to save some $$$ and get the premium channels they subscribe to ....
Unless you are living in the same place as your folks, it's surprising the cableco has been allowing that.
post #7 of 8
If the account was not in your name when you move you should be able to get new customer pricing for a year or two.
Your modem can be used wherever.
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by gring40 View Post

Unless you are living in the same place as your folks, it's surprising the cableco has been allowing that.

If he was located in the same system as his parents and the cable line to his location was active, they would have no way of knowing.

I agree with the rest, though. Return the cable box to the local (Florida) office and take the modem with you.
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