Has anyone tried to connect 2 xFi pods together using an ethernet cable? Would it work?
I do not mean connecting either pod to the main router using an ethernet cable (documentation states this is not supported), but one pod to another pod, and then the pod(s) would connect to the main router using WiFi.
router<----(wireless)----Pod--->ethernet cable--->Pod---(wireless)---> router
I happen to have an RJ45 run between 2 rooms in my home right where the 2 pods sit...and one of the 2 pods gets almost zero connectivity to the main router, so if I can connect the two over a wired ethernet connection, I'm hoping it may improve the wireless in that room. Since the wire is already in place, it might make sense if it's a supported configuration.
The devices would need to support some sort of routing or bridging protocol, to allow the pods to take the best route back to the gateway.
Thanks for the post but this doesn't answer my question. It talks about basic setup tips...but doesn't address the question posted unfortunately.
I'm a network engineer for my "real" job..so I'm pretty comfortable with networking devices and technology.
The problem is, we are forced to use Xfinity equipment in order to use Xfinity wireless cable boxes.
We just got Xfinity in our building (no choice as AT&T was being removed from the entire building and Xfinity was being installed)....but my wife did not want to run any coax inside of our unit (old building, would have had to be run on exterior walls, it's ugly, etc).
So we are just trying to get a good wireless signal into one of the rooms, there is an existing Cat5e run between 2 of the bedrooms, so if I can bridge the 2 pods together, it would solve a major problem without having to hire an electrician to pull wires (very expensive!).
The poster above is correct. You can't bridge them like you've described.
Though they are Plume pods, Comcast has a custom firmware on them that neuters the pods wired backhaul functionality.
You could get your own mesh router setup and on the tv presently connected to a wireless tv box, replace said wireless comcast box with a roku and use the Xfinity app on roku. 🙂
Or powerline networking.
Thanks for the feedback and Roku suggestion. I've done that method before, the app isn't all that great though...not very responsive. It worked in a pinch but it's not very responsive...so good for very occasional use, but not as a replace for an every day heavy usage "main" TV. We have 2 wireless cable boxes, all good except Xfinity won't support them on anything except their own wireless equipment.
Have you used the app lately? I use it every day on the tv in my office and it works pretty good. May have 1-2 crashes per week, but other than that, it's pretty responsive these days. May want to try it again.