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Just ordered Xfinity internet service, and requested a self-install. I'm wondering what the activation CD actually does, and if I actually needed to wait several days to get the CD. Does it do a modem provision?

I'm running Mac OS X. As far as I can tell, it didn't install anything (it's not like I had to install anything on my iPad or Android devices to get them working).

It's easy to be skeptical and think that it's just a waste of time to wait for the CD, so instead I'm curious if anyone knows what steps the CD actually does after you enter your information, to get the service running.

I'm not looking for general descriptions, I'm looking for specifics (e.g. "it changes settings "x, y, z", then does this other thing, and finally, your service is activated).

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closed as too localized by Simon Sheehan, 8088, Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, studiohack Dec 15 '11 at 1:04

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You don't need to use the CD for fully-functioning internet.

I believe it only installs "tools" to make your browsing experience "better", most likely via a branded browser and other such junk.

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Gotcha. Does that mean I could have just connected the stuff and been done? Do you know anyone who has done that? – jefflunt Dec 12 '11 at 0:56
According to Comcast Customer Central: "An installation CD is no longer required for the XFINITY Internet self-installation kit (SIK) and is NOT included." – bobby Dec 12 '11 at 1:09
Boy, I hope that's false, or out-of-date info, because I went through this process with them, and waited several days - and if I could have just turned it on (after specifically asking if I could do that), well, that's just silly. – jefflunt Dec 12 '11 at 1:42

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