Hi SirAaron , I would like to answer each of your questions concerning the Xfinity Home Product . … Second , what is this piece of equipment ? This piece of equipment that you're referencing is what we call the " Security Router " its purpose is to facilitate the communication between your Xfinity Home Security devices with your home network as well communications outside of your network ( e.g . viewing videos , adjusting your thermostat , viewing videos , etc .) Do they put that router in bridge mode ? No , we don't put the router into bridge mode , we require our " Security Router " to plug directly into the cable modem which means that your personal router will need to be placed into bridge mode . But why do they need a second router ? The second router is needed to create a private network that is dedicate to Xfinity Home . Why can't I add the equipment to my network and simply open ports or a DMZ to equipment ? At this time our product doesn't support the user administering the router configs as they could potentially cause a degradation of their Xfinity Home service . In the next few months however , we will be introducing a gateway that will allow users to fully manage and configure their network to their liking .
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