Comcast is launching xFi pods for its Xfinity home internet services under the xFi brand. These pods look like little nodes that plug into a power outlet. They extend WiFi network to dead-end spaces of a house. Basically, they will enable WiFi connection in areas of the house that need better coverage. The objective of the device is to build an in-home mesh network, with a Comcast router. This is a common problem is many houses where the WiFi signals do not reach various devices to people living in the same house. This is due to some obstruction such as walls or dead-end spaces all over a home setup.
To use the new Pods, users should have access to one of the upgraded Xfinity home “Gateway” routers. Comcast has 26 million internet subscribers, out of which 15 million have upgraded to one of these gateway routers.
The set-up seems fairly simple:
- Plug the pods in areas of the house that need better coverage
- Open the xFi WiFi app on your smart device
- Follow the on-screen instructions
xFi is basically an app that allows users to manage Comcast Xfinity WiFi service. It allows users to set parental controls, change passwords and sends alerts when a new device connects. The app also helps monitor which devices are connected to which Pod although the Pods can autonomously self-monitor and troubleshoot.
xFi pods are available nationwide in the USA to customers with prices ranging from $120 to $200, depending on the number of pods required per house.
Although not quite sure how well users will receive the pods, this puts Comcast in a position to promote Xfinity devices and system as a one-stop solution for all of its WiFi clients and users. Though xFi pods face stiff competition from Bell, Plume, and Eero, Comcast will certainly do very well in the market due to its large number of loyal internet consumers.