Do you change your default modem password?

sh0rty

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I have moved around a lot over the years (military) and have always brought my own devices (modem & router) not using the ISPs. I am not sure if I feel more in control, but anyway that is what I do. With that said, I also always change the default passwords, but curious to know if this prevents the ISP from updating the firmware. I ask this because I am on spectrum in Texas and was using a Netgear CM1200 but was crashing my network almost daily. The critical and warning messages in the logs was like every minute of every day....crazy. Anway, I bought an Arris S33 and for the past few days it has been solid.
However, in all this it got me curious if when I changed the default password on the modem since it is mine and only the ISP can update firmware...should I change it back to default?
 
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Yes, change the modem password.

No, it does not affect the ISP's ability to load firmware updates or settings/profile files required to interface with their network, nor perform any remote diagnostics. The ISP has it's own interface to the modem separate from the user's web admin GUI.
 

pendragon1

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yes and my provider forces you too when you setup for the first time. also that^^^
 

sh0rty

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yes and my provider forces you too when you setup for the first time. also that^^^
Interesting. I have been using my own devices for as long as I can remember so I guess I dont even know what a normal process is like.
 

pendragon1

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Interesting. I have been using my own devices for as long as I can remember so I guess I dont even know what a normal process is like.
ages ago when i owned my modem i had to change it manually. their new modems, on first boot go immediately to a setup screen that makes you change the name and password. i thought it was a smart move.
 
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