Comcast Xfinity WiFi hotspot initiative
June 10, 2013
Nick Snow @ The Cable Show
Comcast is giving its Xfinity Internet customers an additional ‘xfinitywifi’ signal (or SSID) in their home that is completely separate from the family’s private and secure home WiFi signal. Offered at no additional cost to Xfinity Internet residential customers in the US, the additional WiFi hotspots will enable friends, relatives, visitors and other Xfinity Internet customers instant, easy access to fast WiFi.
“WiFi is at the centre of our strategy to offer our customers the best online experience, whether it’s the fastest WiFi experience in the home, or a fast and reliable WiFi environment outside the home,” said Tom Nagel, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Comcast Cable. “WiFi is an important part of our strategy to be the place where customers connect all devices, anywhere and at any time.”
Comcast’s newest Wireless Gateway broadcasts two WiFi signals. By default, one is securely configured for the private use of the home subscriber. The second is a neighbourhood “xfinitywifi” network signal that can be shared. This creates an extension of the Xfinity WiFi network and will allow visiting Xfinity Internet subscribers to sign in and connect using their own usernames and passwords.