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Comcast Digital Transport Adapter

I live in a house where the cable has been free since 2003. We tried to get Comcast out here when we moved to this house to start our own service. The first time we called them they said our address did not exist. The next few times we called, they said they would send someone out but did not. So my question is: Now that the signal has gone digital, I can no longer recieve the signal I was before. I borrowed a relative's Digital Transport Adapter from Comcast, and I was able to recieve all the channels from before. On ebay there are sellers selling the Digital Transport Adapter from Comcast. If I was to hook the Digital Transport Adapter from Comcast, would I be able to recieve the signal from Comcast, or is each Digital Transport Adapter assigned to a specific home?

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I am having the exact same problem! I am a college student and do not have the money to pay for cable. We have comcast internet in the house and somehow, through some miracle, the cable is on.
Has been for a year. But now i have lost half of the channels. How did you solve it? is there anyway to not go through comcast?

Posted on Feb 25, 2010

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Unfortunately, these DTAs are very similar to a cable modem. Each unit has a unique MAC address and will not receive a signal without Comcast approving it. With cable modems, Comcast approves the MAC address for your account only. You cannot take your cable modem to your buddy's house and expect to get free internet. It's relatively safe to assume that it would not work with a DTA. Besides, if that were the case, you would be able to go to your local WalMart, Target, Best Buy etc. and pick one up for some ridiculous amount of money, right?

I also live in an apartment building with "communal cable." I would guess that, since it is illegal in my state for a cable provider to touch cables inside a building without permission from the building owner, this is Comcast's brilliant solution - make everyone pay. It is incredibly antiquated and very irritating.

However, in accordance with federal law, if you pay for ANY type of cable television service the provider MUST give you access to any local broadcast stations, public access and/or government issue channels. Comcast cannot without these channels from you, so if you got them before, you absolutely will retain them when Comcast goes "all digital," as they've done in my area.

As a side note: Almost all HDTVs have built in digital tuners. For me this means ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS and QVC (for some reason) all come through in full 1080i without any additional equipment. If you have an HDTV, bring up your menu and do a quick "channel search" and they should pop up for you as well - provided your local broadcaster is broadcasting in HD.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010

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I don't think you will able to use a digital transport adapter unless you get it directly from Comcast. We had to call Comcast and give them the id# on the box before the box would work. It would appear that the boxes you see for sale on ebay might be a problem because of this. I was told by Comcast that the only way I could have one on more than 3 TVs is to rent FROM THEM AT $3.00/mo

Posted on Nov 13, 2009

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Listen to the few people up there. You want this box to work but you can't afford it? As long as your cable provider is in the same location as your friend that pays for comcast have them activate the box if they were the ones who ordered them to be safe. Then the box should work anywhere in the area of your service providers zone for that box. So again person A. has comcast and these stupid boxes. person B. lives not too far but is a poor mo fo and needs cable to watch TRUtv. Person A will activate from home let it stay on for a day to be safe. Person B. picks up takes to his dorm room and JACKPOT!!!! He's smooking wacky tobacky and drinking brewskis getting LOL's at his fav show Jersey Shore LMAO. P.S> this might work for longer distances but better to be safe then sorry. Also if you want to be really safe just run a cable wire from your moms basement to your new pad. Might cost a lot in cable but you can get free cable wire if you look around. Just dig a small trench and zig zag it back to the new pad some how.

Posted on Dec 06, 2010

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I tried using a neighbor's adapter....she had a spare one....but it told me, via the screen, that I had to call them. Each box is unique with a serial number. I did not call.......

Posted on Feb 18, 2010

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Why can't you just call comcast with the information on the box and get it activated? I don't think they can insist that you rent it from them, if you want to buy your own box. In the long run, if you stay with comcast for long time, it seems to be better to buy the adapter. that would work if you use it to activate extra tv's, you'd still have to sign up for comcast cable. I think the whole idea of having to have an extra box for each tv is like going back in time, its completely antiquated in this time of high tech. Its a horribly cumbersome way to nickle and dime customers. I really hope they find a more technically savvy and consumer friendly solution. I am staying with my limited basic where I don't have to worry about boxes, adapters and all the rest, I just plug in the tv and that's that. I am hoping all this stuff will go internet anyhow and all be available through streaming media. The whole way cable tv is handled these days is completely outdated.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010

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Tonye05,

Just wondering if you were able to use someone else's digital transport adapter at your home, because I am wondering the same exact thing??!!!!

Posted on Dec 17, 2009

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The adapters are all addressed so they would have to be activated by the person who recieved them ...... after they are activated it may be possible to take them to another location

Posted on Jun 06, 2010

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    All boxes have their own address so they would need to be activated by the person who origionaly recieved them.......... after that it may be possible to take them to another location.............SIMPLY BUYING A BOX FROM EBAY WILL NOT WORK

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    steve danville Nov 24, 2010

    I bought a Transport new in the Box on Ebay so I would not have to rent the box. Paid $60 .
    Ive had comcast for 40 years so if I rent these boxes it could add up to real money.
    So, when I called to have it activated, some guy in India said I had to rent it and he refused to activate it. Its a boat anchor. Many sellers on ebay claim Comcast will activate them Not in my Case.

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