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Re: Cisco DPC3825 Gateway

Anybody know what the USB port can be used for?

 

I've just tried to connect my HP LaserJet USB printer to it.... but it fails to acquire an IP address.

 

Maybe just for Network Attached Storage/NAS/ external hard drives?

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Re: Cisco DPC3825 Gateway; Does it use Cisco IOS?

@sixsteps:

 

I have scanned the Cisco DPC3825 gateway document, and the only things I found concerning the USB port were:

 

1. it "...Connects to selected client devices..."

 

2. the USB LED on the front panel "...ON, a device is connected to the USB port. BLINKING indicates that data is being transferred over the USB connection..."

 

Pretty sparse information if you ask me!  The silence on the subject of the USB port is deafening.

 

I did a Google and other than the usual parroting of the above USB information by various parties selling the device, I did find one intruiging mention on this site:

 

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/networking/using-a-usb-flash-drive-with-your-cisco-router/316

 

There the author writes about the use of USB flash drives on Cisco routers under the Cisco IOS to transfer IOS data between devices.  He specifically mentions that the "...800, 1800, 2800, and 3800 series routers support USB Flash".

 

OK, so what?  Well what is interesting is that this implies that the 3800 series runs some variant of Cisco IOS, as the USB flash operations the author describes are performed using the IOS command line interface.

 

So far, I have not heard of any IOS access to the DPC3825 mentioned here.  This suggests that there is a so far hidden login mode to the DPC3825, into the command line interface of IOS.  This would presumably be accessed using telnet.

 

Is this at all useful to us?  Well, not if you can't get into it it isn't!

 

So I can conclude only that presently the USB port on the DPC3825 gateway will not be very useful with the current web-based management interface, as its functionality is not accessible through that interface.  For some of the techies around, it might be interesting though, to get into the Cisco IOS on the DPC3825, if only they could.........

 

skinorth

 

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Re: Cisco DPC3825 Gateway; Does it use Cisco IOS?

@ skinorth: Thanks for the info! Tho I agree... it all seems like it's a useless USB port on the DPC3825 for now 😞

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Re: Cisco DPC3825 Gateway; Does it use Cisco IOS?

@sixsteps:

 

the USB port does seem like not very useful to the customers who own them.

 

I own an Ericsson W35 RocketHub and it also has a USB port on it.  However, the W35 allows you to connect printers as well as mass storage both to be shared on your LAN using SAMBA in an MS Windows environment.  The W35 management interface includes functionality to set this up for a Windows environment.  This is built into the device firmware version of Linux.  This has obvious value in a SOHO/home networking environment.

 

We do not, of course know what future plans both Cisco and Rogers have for the device.  Of course, this kind of functionality was straightforward to implement on the device, given its use of Linux.  This functionality essentially comes for free with Linux. 
As far as I know that would not be the case for the DPC3825 if it actually does run Cisco IOS which as I remember is specialised for Cisco network devices like routers.

 

I do remember that the website where I found the information on the USB mentioned that to be functional on the Cisco environment, a USB stick needed to be formatted in FAT.

 

skinorth

 

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Re: Cisco DPC3825 Gateway

I upgrade to 50/50 package and got this Cisco Gateway a week ago.  First thing I notice is that wireless signal is very weak sometimes,  It drops to 11 Mbps even though my labtop is sitting 10 feet away,  I've never seen this with my cheapo Trendnet wireless.  Also connection seems to be dropped, webpage never get loaded, and it rarely happened.  Tried to call tech support but 2-1/2 wait.  Would like to set it to bridge mode

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Re: Cisco DPC3825 Gateway

@sixsteps:

 

your guess is as good as anyone's.  I just scanned the documentation, again, which you can get from the Cisco website.  The documentation spends more time on how to hang the device from the wall than as to what use the USB port is intended.

 

Maybe there will be more functionality added for the USB port in future releases of the firmware???

 

skinorth

 

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Re: Cisco DPC3825 Gateway

Hey im trying to connect my Iphone remote app to my itunes. I previously did this before without any trouble, but since switching its not working anymore. I see the iphone in itunes on my computer, and after i enter the password, the phone is unable to find my itunes. Any ideas?

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Re: Cisco DPC3825 Gateway

I need to contribute I think

I am a Rogers fan. let that be said. I had Bell. run away, run away.

I had Internet "normal" but demands of my significant other (SO) (read wife edited for content) and kids caused an upgrade to Extreme.

My SO publishes articles in Magazines and my kids 17 and 11 on on the box all the time.

We are a mixed family with MAC and windows hardware - talk to me about challenges sharing devices and folders across our network ^&%&^$((*&

The movie:

Our house is a 2 floor ranch bungalow

Primary office in opposite corners and  floors from SO Office

I had a Dlink 655 (665?) N Extreme off the original DSL supplied by Rogers

Ordered the upgrade and

1. was told to pick up the model at their store, not an issues, reasonable close by- sort of..

2. Model picked up and Rogeres immediately switched me to new speed/bandwidth which the old modem could not accomodate, so I got home and "working from Home" over internet to office was dead.

3 . Drat - don't hear that anymore

4. Opened box and started the install process under fire as I had a meeting to join.

5. Box contained all the necessary stuff including a USB to cofigure the new device

6. Followed all the instructions and got most of the way but the new config damaged? the admin password  would not work

7 Called rogers tech support got a reasonable person who understood my situation

8 Did you use the USB? "yes", said I. "sigh" reported rogers tech support person

9. Rogers reconfigured router to Factory defaults

10 Gave me the sign in userid cusadmin all lower case

11 Password password all lower case

12 I started to play.

Turned on Wireless and set up my Network name and Password., The "wired" stuff worked out of the box.

Stop here if you had enough

I noticed that the Rogers box signal was not the best

changed the channel width to wide and selected channel 2 for wide....why not, what do I know

Much better but not great.

Connected my old router to PC and signed in (instruction all over Internet to convert Router to Wireless access point)

Shut off wireless and

Shut off Dhcp? and

Changed IP address of device to 192.168.0.200, jut out of range of Rogers DHCP settings

connected old router to new router (some pictures say cross over cable)( Blind faith and ignorance I used a normal cable)

Connected!

I could then go into the "slave' (Linksysy router) under 192.168.0.200

turned Wireless back on but based on Internet feedback, changed channels so there was no Fighting , Change network names (we now have 2 Wireless networks in our houe) and set the WP2 password the same  and then did the tour of the devices to ensure they could all connect to either Wireless network.

More situational comments.

I like Rogers, compared to Bell, Thank you, Thank you

Hope this helps someone

 

 

 

 

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Re: Cisco DPC3825 Gateway

@McCandlessClan:

 

it's good to hear a positive story, as what we usually get here (quite understandably) are the negative ones.

 

But I am confused by your description of your network.  But that's OK.  If it works for you that is all that matters.

 

And at least some of my writings have been characterized as confusing as well, so what do I know...................

 

And, yes indeed, I too have encountered good, thorough and technically competent Rogers support people when I phone in.  But much of the time it is the bad experiences that linger in my memory, and discourage me from trying to call them again.

 

It would be interesting to know which "Rogers box" you are now using.  It might help me in understanding better how you did your network configuration, router/access point setup, and equipment interconnection.  In particular, as it sounds like you may have as many as three routers in your network, more on your IP addressing scheme would be informative.

 

skinorth

 

 

 

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Re: Cisco DPC3825 Gateway

HEEEEEEELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am trying to removed this "bridged" mode from my router. I clicked it on accident while trying to figure out why it was repeatedly disconnecting and reconnecting our two windows 7 computers. And now, I can't even get back to 192.168.0.1 to do anything!!!!!!! I'm frustrated to the max and would appriciate any help on how to resolve this.