Comcast is launching Xfinity xFi, a new and personalized Wi-Fi experience that aims to make monitoring and controlling your WiFi a little easier. The new service provides a digital dashboard for customers to set up their home Wi-Fi network, it will help you find your password when you need it, and see what devices are currently connected. You can also troubleshoot issues, set parental controls and even pause Wi-Fi access on their home network. This could be the ultimate tool in corralling children, you could pause internet access during dinner, or shut it down at bedtime. Many router companies, like Netgear, already have apps that do many of these functions, but this would give you access straight from your Cable company. Netgear has NetGear Genie, which has been a terrific app for when I need to remember my password, or troubleshoot.
All of the xFi experience can be controlled via a mobile app, the official website and on the TV with the X1 voice remote. To get started, customers simply need to visit xfinity.com/myxfi or download the xFi app (for iOS and Android). xFi is now available to the 10 million Xfinity Internet customers with a compatible Xfinity WiFi device – the xFi Wireless Gateway or the xFi Advanced Gateway – and comes at no extra cost.
Comcast stated that this year, 86 percent of in-home broadband use will travel over Wi-Fi, and by 2020 Americans will have an average of 50 Wi-Fi connected devices in their homes. You will be able to name and organize these devices in the app to make them easier to manage, and to use parental controls. The app can also give you Text Alerts when new devices join your home network, and you can monitor who is using the internet, and when.
“The adoption and use of connected devices has grown dramatically and Comcast has created a solution that makes it easy to control and manage them,” said Eric Schaefer, Senior Vice President of Internet and Communications Services for Comcast Cable. “xFi is a personalized home Wi-Fi experience that gives customers the fastest speeds, best coverage and ultimate control in their homes. And it’s a platform that will allow us to bring future innovations to our customers, address common pain points and vastly improve the way millions of people interact with their home Wi-Fi network.”
As part of the xFi launch, Comcast is renaming its most popular wireless gateway device. The xFi-enabled device that is in 10 million homes today will now be called the “xFi Wireless Gateway.” The company is also introducing a new “xFi Advanced Gateway” to customers on the fastest speed tiers. The xFi Advanced Gateway will be the primary device Comcast uses to provide one-gig speeds to customers – it is capable of delivering gigabit speeds over Wi-Fi and supports Xfinity Voice, home security and automation applications.
As the company upgrades more of its devices to support xFi, adds new customers and rolls out the xFi Advanced Gateway to more people, Comcast expects the number of xFi-ready homes to increase to about 15 million by the end of 2017.
Later this year, Comcast will launch no-configuration, adaptive xFi pods that can be paired with either the xFi Wireless Gateway or the xFi Advanced Gateway, which will help customers extend their Wi-Fi coverage to even the most remote areas of their homes. The company has made an investment in Plume, a leading developer of distributed Wi-Fi software and systems, and is working with them to combine the technologies of Plume and xFi into a unified experience that improves throughput and consistency to individual devices and provides even easier and more seamless whole-home Wi-Fi coverage.
Comcast is the nation’s largest internet provider and offers one of the nation’s fastest in-home Wi-Fi experiences. The company’s Wi-Fi network has more than 16 million hotspots spread across U.S. homes, businesses, and outdoor locations.