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Re: XI5, how does it work.

I was browsing a thread over at AVS Forums and someone that seemed to know what they were talking about said that it would be possible to get the Xi5 (and Xi6) to work with a 3rd party router. These boxes are reported to have Ethernet and Wi-Fi but no coax. Apparently that means that the main X1 box would send the signals over coax (MoCA) to the XFinity modem which would send it out over Ethernet or Wi-Fi to the box. That's pretty much expected.

 

The tricky part comes from, as you said, using your own router. Apparently, from what I've been told, the solution is to get a MoCA to Ethernet bridge. This basically gets the MoCA signal to your router where it can then be sent out to the Xi5 or Xi6 over Ethernet or Wi-Fi.

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Re: XI5, how does it work.


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You can enable MoCA on the XB3.  If you need/want it left on there's a few things you need to do.  First, you'll need to send a message to ComcastNickM to get him to have your XB3 added to a list so MoCA stays on.  If you're not going to use MoCA, don't bother...you're not gaining anything by having it enabled.  Once Xi5 starts to roll out the process to enable MoCA and leave it on will be different but this manual process is required today since we don't use MoCA on the XB3 for anything today.  The second thing you'll need to double check is that the XB3 is connected to splittlers/unity gain amps properly.  Essentially, make sure your XB3 is NOT on the passive modem port on the unity gain amp.  If it is, that port wont pass MoCA and whatever you're trying to connect to it via MoCA (even when Xi5 rolls out) won't see the XB3.  Finally, we do not support 3rd party extenders or devices connected over MoCA.  It might work, but we don't guarantee it!  


then that verifies that the xb3 then will perform the function of MoCA to ethernet bridge and the devices will be available to each other via wifi or wired ethernet. Did they also give the xb3 the network password so it can operate as a proper network manager controller? 




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Re: XI5, how does it work.

The XB3 becomes preferred network controller when MoCA is turned on.  Even if it wasn't, Xi5 would still work.  All the info on AVS Forum was from me.




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Re: XI5, how does it work.

Yes the xi-5 will require an xb3 as it will receive service via moca over wifi. 

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Re: X1 wireless cable boxes?...

I heard they are coming this febriary 2017!!!!!

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Re: xi5 release date

I had a tech come out today 1/22/17 install a Xi5 companion cable box. And there is no HDR option. I'm thinking that they will update the firmware and enable HDR later when it goes full market. I'm in Utah and had to have a tech come out to my house.
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Re: xi5 release date

Is the only input an ethernet port?  Or does it use wi-fi?

 

What is your definition of HDR option?




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Re: xi5 release date

If this device actually has HDR, I suspect HDR will engage automatically once the device detects HDR content. I doubt there is an on/off control for it.

Is there an option for 4K resolution output?

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Re: xi5 release date


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Is the only input an ethernet port?  Or does it use wi-fi?

 

What is your definition of HDR option?



it uses Wi-Fi but you can use the ethernet port. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range expanding the TV's contrast ratio and color palette to offer a more realistic, natural image than what's possible with today's HDTVs.

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RickGr4 wrote:

If this device actually has HDR, I suspect HDR will engage automatically once the device detects HDR content. I doubt there is an on/off control for it.

Is there an option for 4K resolution output?



I belive that it will be like the PS4, PS4 Pro and Xbox One S. there is an option in the settings to turn on the HDR on and off. This box does not have the Hardware to support 4K (HDMI 2.0). The Xi6 will support 4K viewing and HDR. comcast said that the Xi6 Box sould be coming out in Late 2017. The Xi5 was suppose to be out before the 2016 Olymics, but its now stating to filter out into the markit.

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Re: xi5 release date

At this point I would like to hear from an official Comcast employee if this is legit or if the poster is an employee who may be testing the Xi5.

I cannot find any supporting information that the Xi5 has been released in any market...

Why aren't more people posting about actually having an Xi5? Something is fishy here...





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Thanks for the info

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Re: xi5 release date


RickGr4 wrote:
No need to "school" us on 4K and HDR technology. Many of us already have it (I do) and most of us are aware of Comcast's HIGHLY inaccurate roll out dates of newer boxes.

Personally I have absolutely no interest in the Xi5.

For someone with "no interest" you have a lot of interest, Artherious does not have to prove anything to you, he's just sharing what he found and is looking for answers.

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Re: Xi5 TV Box

Thank you for that
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Re: Xi5 TV Box


Artherious wrote:
Thank you for that


Artherious I apologize to you for over reacting to your post. I was out of line.

That being said, if Comcast was more forthcoming and proactive with accurate and current information...??? Why should a customer be the first person to post about Xi5 finally making it into the field?

Countless repetitive posts and threads in this forum could be and would be eliminated if Comcast did a better job with this...!!!

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Re: Xi5 TV Box


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Artherious wrote:
Thank you for that


Artherious I apologize to you for over reacting to your post. I was out of line.

That being said, if Comcast was more forthcoming and proactive with accurate and current information...??? Why should a customer be the first person to post about Xi5 finally making it into the field?

Countless repetitive posts and threads in this forum could be and would be eliminated if Comcast did a better job with this...!!!


Well, we now have an official thread-starter for the Xi5 from a Comcast Employee.

 




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Re: X1 wireless cable boxes?...

I also have been waiting to switch from DirecTv (expensive and illogical if I must have cable internet with Comcast already), but I currently have wireless DirecTv boxes in my 1970's house without wiring in the walls.  The system with DirecTv seems to work quite well with a "gateway" router that's dedicated (by DirecTv installation) from the extra boxes to the main wired box.  The only problem is waiting for Xfinity/Comcast to come out with this wireless system to make the switch from satellite.  When are we talking?

 

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Re: Xi5 TV Box

Is this available in my area yet ?

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Re: Xi5 TV Box

I'm considering jumping to X1 soon.  I have 3 TV's currently (on MOTO DCX3400) and I'm interested in using these Xi5's on two TV's connecting via Ethernet as wifi traffic in my house is horriblly congested. Right now I have a Cisco dpc3941t in Bridge mode to my Airport Extreme and from what I read the router does not support MoCa in bridge mode. My question is, what device (The XG1 or the dpc3941t) does the conversion of the cable feed to ethernet? And if it is the dpc3941t would I have to run that in full gateway (wireless) mode to ge the signal over ethernet?

 

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Re: Xi5 TV Box

Not sure but I believe Xi5 is WiFi only. I suspect just like other X1 boxes the ethernet port is disabled.

Also I believe you need a specific Comcast gateway in order to use Xi5.



dsvtec wrote:

I'm considering jumping to X1 soon.  I have 3 TV's currently (on MOTO DCX3400) and I'm interested in using these Xi5's on two TV's connecting via Ethernet as wifi traffic in my house is horriblly congested. Right now I have a Cisco dpc3941t in Bridge mode to my Airport Extreme and from what I read the router does not support MoCa in bridge mode. My question is, what device (The XG1 or the dpc3941t) does the conversion of the cable feed to ethernet? And if it is the dpc3941t would I have to run that in full gateway (wireless) mode to ge the signal over ethernet?

 





 

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Re: Xi5 TV Box

Thanks, Yes the Cisco dpc3941t is the Comcast supplied Wireless Gateway 3 (model numbers DPC3941T and TC8717) as per the equipment overview that I'm currently using only as a router in bridge mode.

 

https://customer.xfinity.com/help-and-support/internet/setup-a-wireless-network

 

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Re: Xi5 TV Box

I have the ability to get my hands on an Arris SBG6782-AC Modem/ router. It is MOCA capable. Could I use this in lieu of having to rent a Xfinity XB3 to transmit to the Xi5 ? Both of these units are MOCA capable. Or would buying and using a MOCA Adapter with my current Arris SB6190 Modem / Apple Airport Extreme Router do the task better ? Any help greatly appreciated because I need an Xi5 as soon as it come available. 

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Re: Xi5 TV Box

All new territory. I don't think anyone can answer your questions. I guess you get to be a beta tester for the rest of us.
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Re: Xi5 TV Box


TimC69 wrote:

I have the ability to get my hands on an Arris SBG6782-AC Modem/ router. It is MOCA capable. Could I use this in lieu of having to rent a Xfinity XB3 to transmit to the Xi5 ? Both of these units are MOCA capable. Or would buying and using a MOCA Adapter with my current Arris SB6190 Modem / Apple Airport Extreme Router do the task better ? Any help greatly appreciated because I need an Xi5 as soon as it come available. 


The moca isn't coming from the modem, the moca is coming from the XG1 or XG2. The Xi5 is using the 5 GHz band of the XB3 ( which has the special firmware that allows the Xi5 to communicate to it). 




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Re: Xi5 TV Box

The Xi5 is not available in my area yet. CSR just advised me its only avaialble in the Mountain / Utah area. So maybe some folks on here can give us some info. I have read other forums who stated that using your own MOCA adapter works just as well as a rented XB3.  

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Re: Xi5 TV Box

So would that mean no other router / modem combination would not work besides an XB3 ? If so is it possible to buy my own XB3 ? I do not want to spend money renting one if I can avoid it. 

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Re: xi5 release date

I thought the whole point of this box was for uhd?
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Re: xi5 release date

Comcast has never said the Xi5 was about UHD even though I was told by half a dozen Comcast employees the Xi5 is UHD capable.

The Xi5 is more about wireless.

The upcoming Xi6 is the "hypothetical" UHD capable X1 box.
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Re: Xi5 TV Box

Now every competing company has more 4k options than Comcast. My contract is up in May, looks like I will go to another provider.

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Re: Xi5 TV Box

I live in the Greater Boston area, and I saw your updated post that the Xi5 is available "in limited areas" in the Greater Boston market. How would I find out if I could rent this box? The Rep I spoke with wasn't aware of this particular cable box.

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Re: Xi5 TV Box

Live in the salt lake market. Last month they told me it was available and to drive to a service center with my old equipment. What a waste of a half a day. This month chat in, they say it's available, then they send me the wrong (old) boxes. Now I'm on hold with the fourth person in customer service for them to come pick up this new box of old equipment, and they are telling me that it's up to an installer to decide to install the xi5. I've been with Comcast for 8 years. Two years they've been promising 4K and hdr boxes. When you finally make one, you won't even give them to existing customers. I'm leaving Comcast. No Sony tv integration. Just smart app for Samsung 4K. No box support.
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Re: Xi5 TV Box


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Live in the salt lake market. Last month they told me it was available and to drive to a service center with my old equipment. What a waste of a half a day. This month chat in, they say it's available, then they send me the wrong (old) boxes. Now I'm on hold with the fourth person in customer service for them to come pick up this new box of old equipment, and they are telling me that it's up to an installer to decide to install the xi5. I've been with Comcast for 8 years. Two years they've been promising 4K and hdr boxes. When you finally make one, you won't even give them to existing customers. I'm leaving Comcast. No Sony tv integration. Just smart app for Samsung 4K. No box support.

you can contact billing at 800-Comcast. The representative has the ability to determine if your account is eligible for the Xi5 set top box. The representative can even ship to your home as a 'new' outlet and you can return one of your companion set top boxes for credit when the new box is installed.




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Re: Xi5 TV Box

Will the Xi5 output 4K? If so will it be HDR capable?

 

Thanks

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Re: Xi5 TV Box


rcastle2 wrote:

Will the Xi5 output 4K? If so will it be HDR capable?

 

Thanks


http://forums.xfinity.com/t5/X1/Xi5-TV-Box/m-p/2860100#M122604




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Re: Xi5 TV Box

i see this unfair we the people who are testing the new internet who needs 3.1 modems we dont get to test it but people from ohter stateds do but we cannot test and we are in in the gruop of people and we deseerve to be beta testers for this too and have the new gateteway to test not only a small gruop pick from other people 

  • Greater Boston, MA
  • Blue Springs, MO
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Twin Cities Region
  • Greater Chicago, IL
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Re: Xi5 TV Box

Any idea when this will make it to the Denver Metro area?  I have a condo unit about to re-rent and I want to get rid of the nasty existing cable track.

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Re: xi5 release date

I just got my xfinity installed today and was told the Xi5 would be ready to be sold April 21st.

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Re: xi5 release date


portizjo wrote:

I just got my xfinity installed today and was told the Xi5 would be ready to be sold April 21st.


In what city/market are you located?




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Re: Xi5 TV Box

Does anyone know what Cities and Towns are included in the Greater Boston, MA area?

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Re: Xi5 TV Box

@

I called xfinity today and without hesitation I was told no we do not offer wireless boxes by 2 different people. (I am in fort myers)

I am canceling my service and going with directv because of this. I do not like having the cable coming out of the wall

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Re: Xi5 TV Box


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Any idea when this will make it to the Denver Metro area?  I have a condo unit about to re-rent and I want to get rid of the nasty existing cable track.


If you meet all the requirements in page 1 first post of this thread then the new box in testing is available to you. IF not, you can use the free beta program that uses the widely available Roku HDMI 'dongle' to access your xfinity connection. Note that you must have at lease one other coax connected X1 box connected to your account as well as Comcast interent service.




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Re: Xi5 TV Box

Why are we not able to connect the wireless cable box to our own router? This is a deal breaker for me...
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Why are we not able to connect the wireless cable box to our own router? This is a deal breaker for me...

the wireless device is still in development with limited area distribution. A customer's router (like mine) has no ability to send MoCA over the wireless network. The Comcast connected MoCA devices communicated via an encrypted. network. Even if we had a MoCA connected router, it still would not have the encryption required.




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Re: Xi5 TV Box

I would rather have cable coming out of the wall than a satellite dish on my house/in my yard. The Xi5 is being rolled out on a limited basis, just like they do with everything else at first. Give it time. They just launched in Huntsville, AL and a bunch of other markets.