The smart home pods plug into any outlet and help extend Wi-Fi coverage throughout customers’ homes.
Comcast has announced the launch of xFi Pods, a new device that gives their Xfinity Internet customers a new option for whole-home Wi-Fi. They plug into any electrical outlet and pair with the xFi Wireless Gateway or the xFi Advanced Gateway to offer extended Wi-Fi coverage, something many customers need for certain areas of their homes.
“Our gateway devices are incredibly powerful, but we know that some homes have a unique layout or are constructed of materials that can disrupt Wi-Fi coverage in some rooms,” said Eric Schaefer, Senior Vice President, Comcast Cable. “Wi-Fi is the oxygen for the digital home and our xFi Pods can blanket a home with great coverage and are simple to install and easy to use.”
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The xFi Pods are designed to work with the gateways to offer continuous monitoring and optimization of WiFi connections for each device. The ensure they are using the optimal signal bands and channels. They also monitor themselves and have the ability to troubleshoot and heal themselves.
The pods are available in three- or six-packs. Interested customers can get them at www.xfinity.com/xfipods, from the free xFi app or in selected Xfinity stores. Eventually, Comast says they will offer a monthly payment plan for the devices.
Customers simply need to download the xFi mobile app onto their iOS or Android device and follow the instructions. They can then use the app to manage their home Wi-Fi networks. They can monitor connections and the devices connected to them, access parental controls, and pause the connection at prescheduled times.