Pods (Generation 1) will not work if you don't broadcast your WiFi Name
If you have Generation 1 Pods you must broadcast your WiFi Name as of about 4 days ago.
I've spent a lot of time over the past 3 days trying to figure out why all of a sudden I was unable to connect to my WiFi or internet when using a pod. After my 3rd call with an xfinity rep, they changed my WiFi to broadcast it's name and now the pods all work fine. An illogical fix but it does work.
The original problem manifests itself when you try to connect to your WiFi when near a pod. The iPhone WiFi screen spins, eventually displays a "no internet connection", and will eventually fail. Occassionally it does connect to the WiFi but will not have internet access. If I stand next to my gateway or unplug all the pods, I can easily connect to the WiFi and internet.
Things that make you go hmmmmm ...
Ever since I've had a WiFi I've not broadcast the WiFi name because of security concerns. About 2 months ago, I bought a WiFi connected picture frame which wouldn't allow you to manually enter the WiFi name. I tried to configure my WiFi both by using xFi and going to localhost admin screen and the ability to broadcast the WiFi name had been disabled by xfinity. This was confirmed by the xfinity support contact as well. No you have the ability to turn broadcast on and off once again but if you have pods you must leave it on.