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Re: XB6 Modem Settings/Requests/Firmware Discussion

Thanks...

I have exactly the same so this must be latest version as of today

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Technicolor XB6

System Software Version

eMTA & DOCSIS Software Version:Prod_18.1_d31 & Prod_18.1
Software Image Name:CGM4140COM_3.12p12s1_PROD_sey
Advanced Services:CGM4140COM
Packet Cable:2.0
 
Anyone know if we will be getting DOCSIS 3.1 Upload on the XB6?
Also when will be able to use custom DNS like on the Hitron?
 


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@gp-se wrote:
Anyone know if we will be getting DOCSIS 3.1 Upload on the XB6?
Also when will be able to use custom DNS like on the Hitron?

@RogersJose   answered those questions here: https://communityforums.rogers.com/t5/Ignite-TV/Ask-an-Expert-Ignite-TV-Pt-II/m-p/450947/highlight/t...

 

... although I'm hoping that they will reconsider their position on allowing users to configure custom IPv4 and IPv6 DNS servers otherwise, customers who really want (or need) to do this will have no choice but to enable Bridge Mode on the XB6 and use their own router.

 

I'm also hoping that they will reconsider giving users the option to completely disable the Wi-Fi radios when Wi-Fi is disabled on the XB6.



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Oh so there are still two different Modem out there!

Technicolor XB6 was the original one before they started giving out Arris

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Re: XB6 Modem Settings/Requests/Firmware Discussion

I believe Arris was out before the Technicolor version.

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The Arris XB6 is based on the Intel Puma 7 chipset; the Technicolor is based on the Broadcom BCM3390.

 

I think Rogers' initial rollouts were with the Arris gateways, possibly to reduce the risk of interoperability issues, since their other modems were also Puma-based.  The Technicolor XB6's became available to Ignite TV customers in early spring, 2019.

 

Both gateways look identical on the outside and have the same admin UI.  On the inside, they are are totally different hardware and software stacks.  They should be functionally identical but in reality, there are subtle differences and both have their pros and cons and their own unique quirks.

 

Some may prefer the quieter fan on the Arris; some are biased against anything with a Puma chipset.  Some will argue that the Technicolor XB6 has better Wi-Fi performance although I didn't notice much of a difference in real-world testing.  I don't know if either has any advantages with their DOCSIS implementation.  One noticeable thing on the telephony side: the Arris plays a stuttered dial tone when you have voicemail; the Technicolor does not.  (This will affect whether or not the voicemail indicator lamp will light up on some phones.)  Ignite TV works equally well with both.



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@gp-se wrote:
Anyone know if we will be getting DOCSIS 3.1 Upload on the XB6?
Also when will be able to use custom DNS like on the Hitron?

@RogersJose   answered those questions here: https://communityforums.rogers.com/t5/Ignite-TV/Ask-an-Expert-Ignite-TV-Pt-II/m-p/450947/highlight/t...

 

... although I'm hoping that they will reconsider their position on allowing users to configure custom IPv4 and IPv6 DNS servers otherwise, customers who really want (or need) to do this will have no choice but to enable Bridge Mode on the XB6 and use their own router.

 

I'm also hoping that they will reconsider giving users the option to completely disable the Wi-Fi radios when Wi-Fi is disabled on the XB6.


Dear Rogers, I know currently we cannot use custom DNS because of parental control, but can you please allow us to use custom DNS and still have parental control for users the require it. The Hitrons allowed this, and every third party router allows custom DNS and parental control. 

 

Also as mentioned, when we put the XB6 in Bridge Mode can it disable all WiFi radios, the interference causes issues when we use another Router. 

 

I really don't want to spend money on another router just to use custom DNS, it's such an easy feature to implement. As I mentioned the Hitrons allowed this, and all third party routers allow this with parental controls still working. I understand the firmware comes from Comcast and you are at their mercy, but it's a feature that a lot of people are looking for. User Privacy and DNS Encryption (DoT and DoH) is gaining mainstream attention, so it would be nice for Rogers to support this, or at least give us the option of using a custom DNS. 

 



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I really don't want to spend money on another router just to use custom DNS, it's such an easy feature to implement. As I mentioned the Hitrons allowed this, and all third party routers allow this with parental controls still working. I understand the firmware comes from Comcast and you are at their mercy, but it's a feature that a lot of people are looking for. User Privacy and DNS Encryption (DoT and DoH) is gaining mainstream attention, so it would be nice for Rogers to support this, or at least give us the option of using a custom DNS. 


There's really no reason not to allow users to configure an alternate DNS provider, especially if they don't use (or don't even want) Protected Browsing and Parental Controls.  As for DNS-over-HTTPS, all of the major web browsers either already have built-in support for it or they plan to release it in their Stable-channel builds in the near future.  (It will also be interesting to see if Rogers takes steps to block or turn off DoH.)

 

However, I'm still not convinced that DoH will buy you a whole lot in terms of privacy.  Sure, DNS is one of the last few remaining unencrypted protocols that we commonly use today, but your ISP (and anybody else that can intercept your Internet traffic) can still track your web habits just from the IP address of the site that you connect to and page load fingerprints.  If you are REALLY worried about privacy and don't want your ISP to be able to track you, you need to use a VPN.



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I logged into my XB6 today and noticed it now directs me to ignitewifi.rogers.com to change/view some settings. I noticed there is a DNS page, however it doesn't allow us to edit the default DNS servers. I'm hoping Rogers is working on allowing us to change the DNS servers. 



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Anyone notice that the XB6 is broadcasting 7 WiFi SSID's!

4 on 2.4Ghz

3 on 5Ghz

 

Why does it need to broadcast so many SSID's? Also I've noticed when my Apple devices (iPhone/iPad/MacBook) sleeps it will disconnect from WiFi, this only started happening within the last 2 weeks. Software/settings on iOS haven't changed, but I noticed this started when they changed the firmware on the XB6 changed parent controls to show ignitewifi.rogers.com