Later this yr, Comcast will bounce into mesh networking with xFi Wi-Fi Pods—small gadgets that plug into energy shops to extra successfully increase the attain of your house’s Wi-Fi.
“XFi will mechanically, and constantly, configure the client’s Wi-Fi (mesh) to match their use and residential,” Comcast mentioned in a statement.
Vary extenders sometimes present solely half the bandwidth you get out of your most important router. Wi-Fi mesh network systems discuss to the router and to one another and every node serves as a hop level for different nodes within the system. This helps the nodes farthest from the router to ship a robust Wi-Fi sign as they’re speaking to different nodes and never counting on one-to-one communications with the router.
Comcast’s answer is a part of its new cloud-based Xfinity Xfi system, which helps you handle your in-home connections from the online.
Most notably, you possibly can kick your children offline—at bedtime, for dinner, or some other time when they should cool it with the devices. And you are able to do it from afar; when you’re at work or out of city and need to be certain that the youngsters aren’t losing the day away on their cellphone or console, examine how lengthy a selected gadget has been related and lively on the community.
When the youngsters are on-line, Xfi parental controls allow you to decide which internet sites and companies they entry. You may also obtain alerts if a brand new gadget connects to your house community.
Xfi additionally contains troubleshooting choices. “For instance, in the present day if a video app in your streaming device is not enjoying correctly, you do not know if it is the gadget, the app, your TV, your web service … or one thing else. With xFi, you possibly can troubleshoot by gadget, pinpoint the reason for the issue and rapidly get again to streaming,” Comcast says.
From the app, it’s also possible to recuperate passwords, create household profiles, and add new gadgets to the community.
Comcast Xfinity xFi is accessible beginning in the present day.