GµårÐïåñ wrote:ISPs rarely if ever will dole out private IPs for their clients, even using NAT.
My ISP will dole out a 192.x.x.x address if you connect a Windows machine directly to the modem. I haven't tried a Linux machine, and I don't own a Mac.
If you connect a router to the modem, it gives the router an actual IP.
Not sure how it knows, perhaps by MAC address? I assume it's the actual modem doing the NATting and not something at the central office of the ISP.