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Thanks for reaching out & I apologize for the frustration. I'm happy to help troubleshoot or provide more info about returns or exchanges.
Pods require that you only have one WiFi network name and password. Your network still has both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio bands, but now your Gateway will sort out the best connection at any given time for your devices. Keep in mind, you may need to reconnect devices to your WiFi name and password, if they were previously connected to a name designated for a single radio band.
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Is the issue that you had separated your SSID's (network names) according to the 2.4 and 5Ghz channels respectively (which is often the correct choice)? Would combining the 2.4 and 5Ghz channels into the same SSID solve this issue with the pods? I am asking because I live in an older FL house with concrete walls and even though it is only 1200sf I have serious low signal speed/quality zones. Not dead ...just latent and verging on no connection. I had thought the pods were the only solution other than setting up a MoCA network and spending a bunch of money on MoCA adapters....
Tophius -- Pods may be a good option for you!
Pods require one WiFi network name and password (i.e., you cannot have a separate WiFi network name and password for your 2.4 and 5 GHz radio bands). Your network still has both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio bands. This allows your Gateway to sort out the best connection at any given time for your devices.
When you activate xFi Pods, you will be prompted to update your settings to reflect the above if your bands are not already configured that way.
Thanks for the response!! Now...I had asked this question in tandem with something else in another thread. I was told in the other thread that PODS "extend the range of the network, not the speed"... this has me confused.
The devices closest to my WG receive a stronger signal and faster speed is inherent. Would not the PODS serve this same function? The whole point of my buying them would be to help the far room get faster than 50Mb/s (on a 250Mb/s hardwired speed network). If the pods simply get that 50Mb/s speed and extend it further out, I do not think that is a viable option for me.
Tophius - Pods are not intended to provide the maximum speed of your Internet speed tier throughout your home. For example, if you have a speed tier that provides download speeds up to 200 Mbps, Pods will not provide that speed throughout your home. Rather, Pods will allow you to connect in areas where you could not previously connect to your in-home WiFi.
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.
Regardless of whether you are using Pods, your Internet speed is limited to your speed tier, and Pods will not increase that speed. In addition, a number of other factors affect Internet speed, including your connection type (Ethernet vs. WiFi), the number of devices in use, the age of your device, site traffic, content provider server capacity and internal network factors.
No.. the gateway will automatically select the channel with the most trash on it and throw your WiFi performance in the toilet...
When we setup the gateway, we had to manually select a lower channel than the default to get above 200Mb on a speed test. I was getting 575Mb on my iPhone Xs standing 5 ft from the router after we did that.
I went and got the 6-pod pack (thinking "I'm going to have to have AWESOME WiFi everywhere"). No.
EVERYTHING is on the same channel and same SSID (5ghz, 2.4ghz), and after a few days, the whole network melts down and you can't even ping the gateway. I may have narrowed it down to ONE of the pods that I unplugged yestrerday after more horrific WiFi issues. The network is more stable than it was, but not being able to control the configuration in any way puts me back to where I have to choose: a) poor WiFi because of weak signal, or b) poor WiFi because 'Auto-select' is a fantasy that does nto work in the real world.
And don't try to go get a different WiFi extender... I HAD Orbi gear that I think I'm going to sell because i can't get it it work with the xfinity modem. $600 down the drain before I wasted $200 more on pods that don't solve anything becuase XFi is moronic....
When you add pods, it puts your router in 'labotomy mode' so you can no longer have separate 2.4g nd 5g SSIDs That must have something to do with the hidden back-channel networks, because Netgear Orbi is exactly the same. It also puts them all on the same frequency, so you create so much noise that it could bring the whole thing crashing down... I literally had to unplug all of them to be able to ping the gateway (i.e. I couldn't connect to the 10.0.0.1 address at all). It took about 15 minutes, and things slowly became usable again.
They might send a tech that has no idea how these things work, and he will replace your modem which has no effect whatsoever because the problem is over-simplification that makes the solution untenable.
And more specifically - if signal is causing reduced speed, then an extender may improve throughput because a stronger signal should allow more bandwidth. When you look at a WiFi survey tool, it shows the pods as 1733Mb Wifi networks, so I don't think they would be a bottleneck. I wish you had the option to disable mesh so pods can't connect to each other... THAT could cause issues(it has for me, so I haverestricted other extenders from connecting to each other in the past).
I suspect if you add a pod for your garage, you will see more than 50Mb, but you will never hit much more than maybe 550Mb on your best day, and it will prob look more like 200Mb to 300Mb most of the time if signal strength is indeed the issue (you can check with a WiFi survey tool - I use WiFi Explorer on a Mac; I suspec there are free ones for Windows). Despite 'rating at' 866Mb or 1733Mb for 802.11ac, I think those are theoretical becuase I have never seen those speeds. I'm happy if I can get 300Mb, but that requires that you can tune channels to avoid signal to noise issues, which the pods seem to create.. it's a two-edged sword. You need the right amount of pods, and it should help you imporove the situation. Too many, and you start heading back down the other side of the performance peak.