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Question about maximizing download speeds with XB6 + xFi Pods

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Question about maximizing download speeds with XB6 + xFi Pods

I have gigabit service with an XB6 router and 6 xFi Pods spread out across a 5,200 sq. ft. house. I think the Pods may be slowing download speeds, at least in some cases.

 

For example, this morning I was sitting at the kitchen table. It's about 40 ft. from the XB6 gateway, and there is also a Pod plugged in about 2 ft. from the table.

 

I did a speed test and got only 98 Mbps. I remembered that the Pods are limited to 100 Mbps. I checked the app and sure enough, my laptop was connected to the Pod, not the gateway. So, I unplugged the Pod so my laptop would connect to the main gateway, and did another speed test. I got 550 Mbps.

 

Now I'm wondering where else this might be happening in our house. How do I determine where I need Pods vs. where the Pods may actually be slowing download speeds that I would be getting from the gateway itself?

 

I guess I could just unplug them all and test download speeds in every room in the house. If I get less than 100 Mbps in a room/location, then that might be somewhere that would benefit from a Pod?

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Re: Question about maximizing download speeds with XB6 + xFi Pods


@switters1974 wrote:

I have gigabit service with an XB6 router and 6 xFi Pods spread out across a 5,200 sq. ft. house. I think the Pods may be slowing download speeds, at least in some cases.

 

For example, this morning I was sitting at the kitchen table. It's about 40 ft. from the XB6 gateway, and there is also a Pod plugged in about 2 ft. from the table.

 

I did a speed test and got only 98 Mbps. I remembered that the Pods are limited to 100 Mbps. I checked the app and sure enough, my laptop was connected to the Pod, not the gateway. So, I unplugged the Pod so my laptop would connect to the main gateway, and did another speed test. I got 550 Mbps.

 

Now I'm wondering where else this might be happening in our house. How do I determine where I need Pods vs. where the Pods may actually be slowing download speeds that I would be getting from the gateway itself?

 

I guess I could just unplug them all and test download speeds in every room in the house. If I get less than 100 Mbps in a room/location, then that might be somewhere that would benefit from a Pod?


Did you read this when you got your pods?

https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/xfi-pods-faqs


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Re: Question about maximizing download speeds with XB6 + xFi Pods

Thanks for the reminder. I scanned that when I purchased the xFi I pods. 

 

This sentence doesn't seem to be true in my case:

"An adaptive WiFi network that automatically connects your devices to the best possible access point in the home."

 

In the example I provided, I was getting only ~90 Mbps when the computer was connected to the xFi Pod, but when I unplugged it I got much faster download speeds connected to the Gateway. If it's supposed to be adaptive, why wouldn't it connect me to the Gateway? 

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Re: Question about maximizing download speeds with XB6 + xFi Pods


@switters1974 wrote:

In the example I provided, I was getting only ~90 Mbps when the computer was connected to the xFi Pod, but when I unplugged it I got much faster download speeds connected to the Gateway. If it's supposed to be adaptive, why wouldn't it connect me to the Gateway? 


As per any mesh system, the pods work best in a "Star" configuration, where the gateway is in the middle, and each pod is positioned outwards radiating from the gateway as if each pod was the point of a star. If you have a device that can easily reach the gateway when you unplug a pod, you're probably getting conflicts from connecting to the pod and to the gateway at the same time, and thus slowing your speed. 

The pod needs to be moved farther from the gateway. 


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Re: Question about maximizing download speeds with XB6 + xFi Pods

Thank you. I think this may be the issue—I may have too many pods for my particular setup. 

 

I think I'm going to do the experiment I mentioned and take all of the pods offline, then test download speeds/connectivity in all of the rooms of my house. Then just put pods where it seems like connectivity or speeds are low.