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I read this in an online article about WiFi routers:
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  • Avoid using routers supplied by ISPs. These routers are typically less secure than those sold by manufacturers to consumers. They often have hard-coded remote support credentials that users can't change and patches for their customized firmware versions lag behind patches for the same flaws released by router manufacturers."

    How does this apply to the Xfinity supplied advance units?
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@SF2018 wrote:

I read this in an online article about WiFi routers:
"

  • Avoid using routers supplied by ISPs. These routers are typically less secure than those sold by manufacturers to consumers. They often have hard-coded remote support credentials that users can't change and patches for their customized firmware versions lag behind patches for the same flaws released by router manufacturers."

    How does this apply to the Xfinity supplied advance units?

I've been using Comcast modems since 1982 with no security issues.

https://forums.xfinity.com/t5/Your-Home-Network/Approved-Xfinity-Modems-and-Gateways/td-p/3109887

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Thank you for your answer. I would like to get a specific reply to the reasons why the ISP supplied routers are not recommended. Does that apply to the xFi gateways?

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@SF2018 wrote:

Thank you for your answer. I would like to get a specific reply to the reasons why the ISP supplied routers are not recommended. Does that apply to the xFi gateways?


Can you cite a source or two?  I can't answer a general question like that.

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@SF2018 wrote:

Here is one:

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3093362/how-to-secure-your-router-and-home-network.html

 


I couldn't find any mention of Comcast or Xfinity.

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The quote I started this thread with is from this article. It suggests not using ISP-provided routers...

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@SF2018 wrote:

The quote I started this thread with is from this article. It suggests not using ISP-provided routers...


"Suggests" is not the same as saying "should not".

I have used Comcast modems since 1982 and have never had my network compromised.

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Well, I guess we are going in circles. The article states this:  "Avoid using routers supplied by ISPs. These routers are typically less secure than those sold by manufacturers to consumers. They often have hard-coded remote support credentials that users can't change and patches for their customized firmware versions lag behind patches for the same flaws released by router manufacturers."

 

My question referred to the technical aspects of this statement. I don't doubt the fact that you had good experience with your Comcast modems, so did I.  However, that does not mean that the above statement is untrue...

 

Thank you.

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@SF2018 wrote:

Well, I guess we are going in circles. The article states this:  "Avoid using routers supplied by ISPs. These routers are typically less secure than those sold by manufacturers to consumers. They often have hard-coded remote support credentials that users can't change and patches for their customized firmware versions lag behind patches for the same flaws released by router manufacturers."

 

My question referred to the technical aspects of this statement. I don't doubt the fact that you had good experience with your Comcast modems, so did I.  However, that does not mean that the above statement is untrue...

 

Thank you.


We all have choices - thank goodness.

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I prefer to supply my own (3rd party: Arris) router-modem to avoid paying Xfinity monthly rental fee.