Why can't I just rent a modem?
What is with these ** modem/router hybrids that cox gives out now? I've tried multiple versions and they all ***.
First off, they don't keep proper logs. Inbound connections, outbound connections, ddos, scans, teardrops, etc. A cheap router from walmart or target from 2005 logs more information that the current hardware Cox uses. In fact, I had to set up a syslog server just to see what was happening with my network.
Second, when I do find that I'm being ddos'd or scanned, these crappy router/modems don't even give me the ability to block the ip address! Routers have had the ability to block IP addresses for many years now, yet Cox decided to chose model(s) that don't have this function.
Third, if I want to start over with a new IP address, it is impossible with the hardware I am currently renting. I had to learn this the hard way. Cox's DHCP server keeps leases for 24 hrs. If you release/renew your modem/router, and unplug it for over 24 hrs, you will receive the same IP address because Cox's current hardware keeps some kind of flash memory or something that makes it check in to the dhcp server with the same address.
I know that I can buy my own hardware and set up my network the way I want. However, I would like to point out that Cox has taken a step backwards in the service they provide. 5 years ago, I could leave my modem unplugged for a day and get a new IP address. I could also block IP's as well as identify scans and DOS attacks.
Much of the world is clueless to the amount of botnet scanning and DOS attacks going on. But Cox has just made it worse by taking out the ability to monitor these actions.
I recently notified Cox of an DDOS and scan attack from an IP address which belonged to Cox. They told me they couldn't do anything about it because it was a private IP address. I honestly wonder if the botnets out there today are owned by the NSA and Cox is working in tandem with them.
Think about it. They took out the ability to monitor your network. They took out the ability to change your IP address. (you actually have to go get a different modem/router in order to obtain a new IP address) They took out the ability to block IP addresses. They may say they are trying to make it easier for the end user, but it seems like a very reckless approach.
Please bring back Modems, without the router side. I have 10+ year old routers laying around that have more services and abilities than the ones you are giving out in 2016.