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Xfi pods and extenders

Is there any available mesh pods or extenders that work with the new xfinity xfi system?

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Re: Xfi pods and extenders

http://forums.xfinity.com/t5/Your-Home-Network/XFINITY-xFi/m-p/2902955#M254460




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Re: Xfi pods and extenders

I don't see any response to my specific question.  Why is comcast claiming I have accepted a solution when there is none!


hobbsdl wrote:

Is there any available mesh pods or extenders that work with the new xfinity xfi system?


 

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I don't see any response to my specific question.  Why is comcast claiming I have accepted a solution when there is none!


hobbsdl wrote:

Is there any available mesh pods or extenders that work with the new xfinity xfi system?


 


This thread is not marked as solved.  The link I posted mentioned that the Plume pod will work.




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Re: Xfi pods and extenders

Any others such as net gear?
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Re: Xfi pods and extenders

FWIW, the "Plume" pods will function but they can't be managed by "Xfi".




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Re: Xfi pods and extenders

Comcast doesn't do anything that limits your ability to install different WiFi options. You can install anything you want as long as you have the necessary knowledge to make the required networking configuration changes. I'm running six Plume pods which replaced three eero access points which replaced two "standard" WiFi routers/access points. None of those changes were required, I just like experimenting when different options.

 

But you are on your own. Comcast doesn't (yet) have a whole-house WiFi service offering. If you want a mesh or other multi-access point solution, you've got to work figure it out. I found both eero and Plume to be helpful with any questions. The most basic implementation is to install the new equipment in bridge mode and let it run side-by-side with your Comcast equipment with the same network name. All you need is an open Ethernet port on your current network. A more advanced implementation would be to also disable WiFi on your Comcast equipment to reduce interference and give you a single point of WiFi management.

 

Be aware that mesh isn't "magic". In particular, neither eero nor Plume provided much help out of the box with figuring out the number and placement of wireless points beyond a couple of very broad rules of thumb. Tech support was able to provide some additional assistance but it's still more art than science. I have Ethernet and MoCA connections in most rooms in my house which largely made placement a non-issue which makes placement much easier. I experimented with wireless "backhaul" (the connections between the wireless access points) just to get some experience with it but switched to wired as it is about 1000x easier and better.

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I am told that maybe by the end of the year Comcast may have the mesh pods? We will see

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I'm using Plume as well with the wifi turned off on the router. My wireless signal and latency has improved dramatically. However, the big thing for me is that xFi will not see/manage any device NOT connected directly to the router - in my instance a bridged device. So it won't see anything connected to a repeater either. They need to fix that.
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sheletta1 wrote:

I am told that maybe by the end of the year Comcast may have the mesh pods? We will see


Is there a rough ETA yet for when these will be available?

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Brian Roberts, CMCSA CEO, pitched xFI and xFI extenders on CNBC Squawk Box this morning.  laims they have 4-packs sitting on the shelf.

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Just went to my Xfinity store.  No four packs.  He sent us to Best Buy.  They had expensive add ons. $400 range.  For that I'll just hang on to my Orbi until Xfinity actually carries something for xfi.  

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I stopped waiting for xfinity to get around to this and just went to the Plume website and bought them.  Works like a charm and it's silly how easy it was to set up, almost to the point of saying there is no set up, they set themselves up, the hardest part about it was looking up the android app needed to do it.

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I work for Comcast and the xfi pods just became available for employees to buy and give feedback on.  They come in 3 and 6 packs.

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mcfatty wrote:

I work for Comcast and the xfi pods just became available for employees to buy and give feedback on.  They come in 3 and 6 packs.


Darn.  I just bought a Netgear Orbi tri-band.  I have an issue with the XB6; I have an extensive ethernet network and as of now, I couldn't replace my TG1682G with the XB6.

http://forums.xfinity.com/t5/Your-Home-Network/Xfinity-XB6-Arris-TG3482G-LAN-Interface-Issues/m-p/29...




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Re: Xfi pods and extenders

McFatty,

What has been your experience with the pods?

Any specifics on performance, # of pods 3 vs 6?

Also, it states that you must have your 2.4 and 5GHz networks using the same SSID.   Any issue there?

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Anon186362 wrote:

McFatty,

What has been your experience with the pods?

Any specifics on performance, # of pods 3 vs 6?

Also, it states that you must have your 2.4 and 5GHz networks using the same SSID.   Any issue there?


They work very well. I just installed a 3 pack at my house. Set up is less than 10 minutes. Check this thread for availability.

http://forums.xfinity.com/t5/Xfinity-xFi/Xfinity-xFi-Pods-Now-Available-in-Select-Markets/td-p/30156...

 

 





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Sounds wonderful. What is the scheduled roll out for the Philadelphia area?
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I am literally across the street from chicago houses. I am 15 minutes from Downtown Chicago, I am in park ridge, yet i cannot order the pods, can a Comcast mod please reach out to me to assist me with this??

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I’m curious if anyone has figured out how devices (e.g. - iPad, laptop, etc) know what wi-fi frequency they are attaching to when using the same name/pw for both the 2,4mhz and 5mhz radios.

For example, now in my home I try to isolate the more utilitarian devices to the 2.4mhz radio (has a separate name), and keep the 5mhz radio isolated for devices with greater speed requirements, like my streaming devices (e.g. - Amazon Fire TV, TiVo, etc.) and the devices they stream to.

This may be bad practice, I don’t know. I don’t find much written on best practices with multi-radio wireless installations.

But with the xFi Pods rolling out, and requiring a unified naming scheme for the radio bands, I just am not clear on how traffic gets managed to optimize performance.
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Has anyone discovered whether the xFi Pods can be used with a standard xFinity Gateway (XB3), or whether they require the new xFinity Advanced Gateway (XB6)?
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Yes they can, that’s what my personal setup is. As long as it’s not a 3939 model




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