Comcast launched Xfinity xFi, a new and personalized Wi-Fi experience that provides a simple digital dashboard for customers to set up their home Wi-Fi network, find their password, see what devices are connected, troubleshoot issues, set parental controls and even pause Wi-Fi access on their home network during dinner or bedtime.
The xFi experience can be controlled via a mobile app, website and on the TV with the X1 voice remote.
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. With this unprecedented level of Wi-Fi usage and connected device ownership, xFi simplifies the home network experience and provides many consumer benefits, including:
- Instant Setup:Simple, easy setup of Xfinity Internet service and home Wi-Fi
- Manage On Any Device:Take control with easy-to-use apps, the web, and X1 voice remote
- Find My Password:View and modify Wi-Fi names and passwords
- Name & Organize:See all connected devices and give nicknames for easy reference
- Easy-To-Use Tools: Set parental controls and bedtime schedules for any family member on the home Wi-Fi network
- Who’s Using What: Create personal profiles and assign devices to individual family members
- Text Alerts: Receive alerts when new devices join your home network
- Pause With A Tap: Instantly pause Wi-Fi access on your home network, by device or user
- Voice Control:Say “show me devices” into the X1 voice remote and see results on the biggest screen in the home
- Monitor Activity: See who’s most active on your home network and when
- Troubleshoot Wi-Fi: Identify devices that are not working properly and receive tips to fix them
- Cloud Management: See and control your home Wi-Fi network from anywhere
- Safe & Secure:First line of defense against phishing and malware
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 has more than 16 million hotspots spread across U.S. homes, businesses, and outdoor locations.