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Anyone have good experience with pods?

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Anyone have good experience with pods?

I’m suffering with major issues since getting xFi gateway, hoping the pods I ordered will increase bandwidth and signal in far off rooms. However, in reading a bit here, I’ve not seen success stories with users who tried the pods. Does anyone have a good review and tips you’ve used to make them extend your signal and bandwidth? Is it worth a try at all?
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Re: Anyone have good experience with pods?

I purchased these pods last night from my local store.  Setup was simple enough and I was excited to see if my upstairs bedrooms would have stronger signal strength and they did!  BUT.....downstairs where I stream using the Xfinity Stream app on my TV was bad and resulted in a lot of buffering of the signal to the TV.  I unplugged the pods and signal/speed were great again.  I'm going to install in rooms with just poor signal and see how that works.  I was expecting that having one downstairs where signal strength was good wouldn't hurt but it clearly did.  We shall see but initial thoughts is that they will be going back to the store before too long.

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Re: Anyone have good experience with pods?

 

jdk1029 -- Thanks for reaching out & sharing your experience!  It sounds like adjusting the placement of the Pods gave you the coverage you needed in the upstairs bedrooms. For the basement, where you already had good coverage, it's possible you didn't need to place a Pod in that location.

Keep in mind, Pods help extend the range of WiFi coverage in your home to hard-to-reach areas, or areas with poor WiFi signals. They are not intended to provide the maximum speed of your Internet speed tier throughout your home. Additionally, any devices connecting to a Pod may not receive the same speed as a device that connects directly to the Gateway.

Happy to take a closer look if you'd like to troubleshoot placement further.


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Re: Anyone have good experience with pods?

They definitely helped extend the range but where things were good, they went bad.  I didn't get any signal in my Master Bedroom so I put a pod in that room and all was good, great as a mtter of fact.  My wife tried her laptop from her home office today and service was poor to non-existant.  I unplugged that pod that was in another room and she's back to normal.  

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Re: Anyone have good experience with pods?

jdk1029 -- Thanks for the additional information!  If you already had good coverage in the office, you likely didn't need a Pod to help extend your range to that area of your home.

In order to help extend your WiFi connection, Pods need to communicate or connect wirelessly to the xFi Gateway and, depending on their location, they may "hop" through other Pods on their path to get there. The number of "hops" the Pod needs to make to the Gateway will impact the speed.

 
 

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Re: Anyone have good experience with pods?

the office isn't the issue, the master bedroom is.  BUT when the pod is plugged into the master bedroom outlet, the office wants to pick up that pod. 

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Thanks. So if possible don’t increase speed throughout your home what can? Pretty big house.
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@KEELER_STEVEN wrote:
Thanks. So if possible don’t increase speed throughout your home what can? Pretty big house.

I purchased the Orbi System.  You can purchase as many Satellites as you need to get full coverage.

Netgear has also announced a gateway but I don't know whether it supports xFi.  I believe it has the same functions, though.  You need to do your research to see if Orbi is applicable to you.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DD1DYGF?pf_rd_p=c2945051-950f-485c-b4df-15aac5223b10&pf_rd_r=Q3...

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Re: Anyone have good experience with pods?

KEELER_STEVEN - 

Pods help extend the range of WiFi coverage in your home to hard-to-reach areas, or areas with poor WiFi signals. They are not intended to provide the maximum speed of your Internet speed tier throughout your home.

I've responded to your other post, where you provided more detail regarding the placement of your Gateway & Pods.


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