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  1. Guytronic's Avatar
    What do you folks think about this?
    Bad thing-good thing...?

    We are XFINITY users and I'm not sure about this plan.

    How Will Xfinity's Huge Wi-Fi Plan Affect Customers and Competitors
    06-16-2014 12:38 PM
  2. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I wouldn't want people to camp out on my lawn if they found my hotspot.
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    06-16-2014 01:20 PM
  3. Guytronic's Avatar
    LOL....true plus I agree.
    Now I know why Xfinity pumped the connection speeds for us at no extra cost.
    :)

    Evidently there is an option to disable other Xfinity subscribers from using/sharing.
    Kind of an intriguing idea...I dunno why Xfinity doesn't just offer area wide for subscribers.
    Sure would shrink the data use for mobile users.

    Had this feeling for a while that Comcast has been looking for a way into the mobile device communications area.
    Wi-fi is the key for them.
    06-16-2014 03:12 PM
  4. ratsttam's Avatar
    Their new routers have a cable user guest hotspot. you need to sign into it with your own xfinity account. From what I read about it, if you've got a 20mbps service, if someone is using 5mpbs, it just increases what the router is taking in, and not affecting YOUR 20mpbs.
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    06-17-2014 11:06 AM
  5. anon6002755's Avatar
    This idea sounds good in theory but sounds like it could be a mess in its execution. plus i don't wanna share anything. Also their router didnt play nice with my phone so it got replaced with a modem with separate router.
    06-25-2014 11:38 AM
  6. DaveGx's Avatar
    Sure. Cut my bill by at least half.
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    06-25-2014 11:44 AM
  7. Guytronic's Avatar
    Welp...

    Looks like this is happening here in our area starting next week.
    We were notified by Xfinity a couple of days ago.

    When I look at available Wi-Fi around our home there are numerous "HOME XXXX" Xfinity routers around us.
    Hoping this will be a good thing and not turn into a boondoggle...

    ...fingers crossed...
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    11-19-2014 09:10 PM
  8. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Welp...

    Looks like this is happening here in our area starting next week.
    We were notified by Xfinity a couple of days ago.

    When I look at available Wi-Fi around our home there are numerous "HOME XXXX" Xfinity routers around us.
    Hoping this will be a good thing and not turn into a boondoggle...

    ...fingers crossed...
    I hope that doesn't slow down everyone's network due to congestion.
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    11-20-2014 12:53 AM
  9. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Their new routers have a cable user guest hotspot. you need to sign into it with your own xfinity account. From what I read about it, if you've got a 20mbps service, if someone is using 5mpbs, it just increases what the router is taking in, and not affecting YOUR 20mpbs.
    But that could still cause issues with all the additional network traffic in a neighbourhood.
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    11-20-2014 12:54 AM
  10. Guytronic's Avatar
    The letter we received from Xfinity assured (grain of salt) subscribers internet service in-home won't be affected.
    I'm wondering what the motivation is.
    Reading thru the support forums on Xfinity there's a lot of complaining about service fee hikes as much as $49.00 a month!
    Ours just jumped to $181.00 from $169.00, that was because the rip-off triple-play bundle deal expired.

    I called 'em and used the "old retired-fixed income we need to drop features" scheme to get back down to $169.00.
    11-20-2014 02:36 AM
  11. Guytronic's Avatar
    This went live this week in our area.
    I like it...
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    12-18-2014 10:14 PM
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    12-18-2014 10:57 PM
  13. Guytronic's Avatar
    We'll see if it lasts.
    :(
    Always a caveat it seems...
    I can absorb a couple a bucks a month for the convenience I guess.
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    12-18-2014 11:02 PM
  14. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    :(
    Always a caveat it seems...
    I can absorb a couple a bucks a month for the convenience I guess.
    How would it be convenient to you if neighbours are able to use the guest account on your network?
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    12-18-2014 11:13 PM
  15. Guytronic's Avatar
    How would it be convenient to you if neighbors are able to use the guest account on your network?
    Hmmm...
    That would be an impact on us in that case as far as bandwidth.

    My understanding so far is that we're providing a connection solely to Xfinity subscribers via a second\separate router built in.

    I was wondering also if doing this will force Xfinity to increase monthly limits.
    When I'm on someone else's router does it count against my data on the network?
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    12-18-2014 11:22 PM
  16. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Hmmm...
    That would be an impact on us in that case as far as bandwidth.

    My understanding so far is that we're providing a connection solely to Xfinity subscribers via a second\separate router built in.

    I was wondering also if doing this will force Xfinity to increase monthly limits.
    When I'm on someone else's router does it count against my data on the network?
    Those are all good questions.

    I was under the impression that anyone could use the WiFi even if he/she was not a Comcast subscriber.
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    12-18-2014 11:31 PM
  17. Guytronic's Avatar
    All the open "xfinitywifi" connections around us required me to use my original account and password to access.
    Hope no one steals my complex password.

    Best to change it again maybe...
    The wife will get mad if I do it now she's in the middle of her holiday Zyngafest...lol
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    12-18-2014 11:38 PM
  18. Guytronic's Avatar
    12-18-2014 11:48 PM
  19. palandri's Avatar
    Turn the wifi off and use a different wifi router. If you can't turn the wifi off, supply your own cable modem. Go back to an AT&T DSL.

    I don't have Comcast. I have a small cable company.
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    12-19-2014 10:00 AM
  20. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    The problem is a lot of people don't have many options for ISPs where they live.

    I can only get Time-Warner or AT&T. The Time-Warner plan I have is 50/5 Mbps. The fastest I could get with AT&T is 3 Mbps.

    My mother lives less than 10 miles from where I live. She has WOW. If she didn't like them, she could also get Time-Warner, AT&T, or Cox.
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    12-19-2014 01:29 PM
  21. Guytronic's Avatar
    We have two choices Consolidated or Xfinity...
    ...maybe we could get AT&T not positive though.

    Consolidated used to be SureWest which used to be Roseville Telephone.
    Xfinity does have a lot of subscriber hotspots everywhere here though.

    Weird thing I noticed is wherever there is a cell service tower there seems to be an Xfinity hotspot.
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    12-19-2014 02:09 PM
  22. palandri's Avatar
    We have two choices Consolidated or Xfinity...
    ...maybe we could get AT&T not positive though.

    Consolidated used to be SureWest which used to be Roseville Telephone.
    Xfinity does have a lot of subscriber hotspots everywhere here though.

    Weird thing I noticed is wherever there is a cell service tower there seems to be an Xfinity hotspot.
    What about: Turn the wifi off and use a different wifi router. If you can't turn the wifi off, supply your own cable modem.
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    12-19-2014 03:51 PM
  23. tgp's Avatar
    A friend of mine has Comcast, along with the wireless hotspot option. He said that others logging in to your router does not affect you at all. It uses their bandwidth and data. If you pay for 5Mbps and whoever logs in pays for 25Mbps, they will get 25Mbps. If they download 300GB of data, it will go towards their cap, not yours.

    The upside is that you have the same capability when you're away from home. For example, if you're in a city, it's quite possible you can find a Comcast hotspot to log in to, rather than using your mobile data.

    As far as security, it shouldn't be any different than having any other wireless router in your home. The only password someone else knows is their own.
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    12-19-2014 04:03 PM
  24. trekgraham's Avatar
    From what I understand their ate two separate networks: Private and public. Public will require Comcast account user name and password. Max of 5 users on it. And max of 15 Mbit down. There is a way to disable it on the user account manager on Comcast.com
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    12-19-2014 04:19 PM
  25. Guytronic's Avatar
    What about: Turn the wifi off and use a different wifi router.
    If you can't turn the wifi off, supply your own cable modem.
    Could do this I guess...
    We have the triple (ripoff) play so VOIP is provided thru the Xfinity router.
    I notice the open connection is about half speed on mobile devices.

    (If I do anything to damage the wife's Facebook connection I will surely be sent to the penalty box for an extended period)


    A friend of mine has Comcast, along with the wireless hotspot option. He said that others logging in to your router does not affect you at all. It uses their bandwidth and data. If you pay for 5Mbps and whoever logs in pays for 25Mbps, they will get 25Mbps. If they download 300GB of data, it will go towards their cap, not yours.
    I thought this was how it worked.
    Wasn't too clear on this tho...
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    12-19-2014 04:24 PM
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