Originally Posted by KCK
As a temporary workaround, you could spoof your desktop's MAC onto your notebook, so that your ISP wouldn't be able to distinguish them.
Still, as we discussed in the earlier thread, paying $30 for a wired router would save you all this hassle.
If you're soo worried that the broadband police are going to raid your house then get a wired/wireless router that does MAC address cloning. Linksys does MAC address cloning (at least my Linksys: BEFSX41 does). Write down the MAC address of the PC that was originally used to connect to the cable modem when the modem was installed. Install the router and go into the router setup and change the MAC address that it presents to the cable modem to the one that you wrote down.
After that, all internet traffic that goes through the cable modem will have the same MAC address. The broadband companies don't care too much about hooking up all the PCs in one household to the modem. They monitor the traffic. If they think you are running a business (on a residential account
), or there appears to be traffic from dozens of users coming from your account (because you live on the university campus and installed a wireless router and gave access to everyone in range
) then they will come after you.
Besides with a router that has ports on the back, you won't have to do cable swapping. Spend the money. Get a router.