Expand Your Smart Homes WiFi Reach With Comcast Xfinity’s Mesh Pods
Last year, Comcast began rebuilding its Xfinity home internet services under xFi brand.
As part of the changes the company has been making, it started testing a simple way to build an in-home mesh network. After partnering with Plume, Xfinity started offering “xFi Pods” — little nodes that plug into a power outlet that extend your WiFi network — in three test markets.
Schaefer also admits that mesh WiFi networks are a bit of a niche product for its customer base.
In order to use these new pods, one will have to be using the latest Xfinity Home “Gateway” routers which most of the customers already have in their houses, according to Comcast. Eric Schaefer, Comcast’s Senior VP of Broadband said that they purchased the rights to Plume’s WiFi management systems in order to integrate into Xfinity’s WiFi products. Pods’ appearances are pretty similar to Plume’s products.
Those who need a mesh network are on the lookout for third-party products, such as Eero, Plume, or Google WiFi. Comcast will be an easy choice for the new customers. It also angles at targeting the customers to opt for additional services like home automation or home security.
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