We got the new Xfinity modem with wifi, voice and data. Very happy with it's performance, until a couple of days ago the public access xfinity wifi showed up. After the public access started broadcasting, our wireless printers and internet phone (which I have yet to figure that one out) started having problems. Then I find out this mysterious "hot spot" is being broadcast by our modem! I verified by powering our modem down and both our private home network and the public Xfinity Wifi dropped out of the list at the same moment. Power the modem back up and they both came back up at the same time. Has Comcast considered the following?? While this hotspot is enabled anyone can use my modem for surfing porn, underground sites for shady activities, pedophilia, terroristic wanna-bes, or religious material that is not in keeping with my faith, or hackers wanting to to steal identities I have no say but ALL the liability. It turns my stomach to think my neighbor's kids could now circumvent some of the security settings their Mom and Dad have set up. The list goes on and this is absolutely wrong on many levels. Comcast, we just wanted a modem. We didn't ask for built in wifi, but decided to give it a try and have found that Comcast is willing to fundamentally challenge our privacy and principles. I know, I know there's a disclosure, fine print, EULA and what not but that is not the end all be all interpretation and I think Comcast has gone WAY over the line with this and opened the door to very disgruntled customers and possibly many law suits. After many attempts to disable the xfinity hotspot via "Manage Xfinity WiFi" I did get it to work. I confirmed via Safari on my IPad, it's no longer in the network list. It took many attempts and logging out and back into my account. If this "hotspot" rears it's head on my list again we will consider a new modem from another vendor or will look into switching ISPs. Comcast should really reconsider the whole idea of these "hotspots hosted by private citizens" the unintended consequences of opening up modems in private homes could back fire, big time.
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