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Comcast to create extensive Wi-Fi network, by leveraging at-home routers

By David Tom · 21 replies
Jun 11, 2013
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  1. Comcast, the nation’s third largest internet provider, is unveiling a new feature that promises to provide Wi-Fi internet access from almost anywhere in the world. The system involves tapping into the personal routers of Comcast users, creating millions of public...

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  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    N/a in the Southeast yet..
  3. So, is Comcast going to compensate the homeowner for the sharing the homeowner's WiFi bandwidth?
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  4. So what about those of us who bought our own modem and router? All I pay for is the actual line and quite frankly I don't want Comcast or any other company thinking they can use my hardware. At the very least they should be paying or offering to reduce service fees to customers. Would they like to rent my modem for the $12/mo they usually charge to do so?
  5. mrcavooter

    mrcavooter TS Member Posts: 65   +7

    There's got to be a way to disable it. I like the direction they are going, just not the implementation of it.
  6. David Tom

    David Tom TS Addict Topic Starter Posts: 149

    Comcast explained that users would have the ability to opt out of the program if they wish. But since the default setting will originally be set to 'on', Comcast hopes that enough users will support the program to make it worthwhile.
  7. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 658   +202

    This. All the bandwidth my router puts out is for my use.
  8. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,927   +1,196

    But...but...but...it's good for the collective don't ya know.

    Sorry, unless I get compensated for the bandwith that someone else uses,
    I'd keep it turned off.
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  9. Chuck Cortes

    Chuck Cortes TS Rookie Posts: 53   +13

    It would be logical to assume that if you have your own wifi hardware they can't use it. How could they? That would require them taking over your hardware as their own or force you to give it up for one of theirs. Doubtful that would happen if they already give you that freedom.
  10. Chuck Cortes

    Chuck Cortes TS Rookie Posts: 53   +13

    If you are knowledgeable enough disable wifi on the router and get your own router. Problem solved.
  11. Chuck Cortes

    Chuck Cortes TS Rookie Posts: 53   +13

    Exactly, no mention on how this will affect out bandwidth. I am paying for higher bandwidth for a reason and its not to share it with other people.
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  12. David Tom

    David Tom TS Addict Topic Starter Posts: 149

    Douglas mentioned that the company would cover the cost of the extra bandwidth, fortunately. He also said that the homeowner's internet speed shouldn't be vastly affected either, but there is still a little bit of uncertainty in this matter.
  13. Chuck Cortes

    Chuck Cortes TS Rookie Posts: 53   +13

    I wouldn't trust them as far as I can throw them. I would rather not, I am not that desperate for wifi that I would need to give access to my network in order to get it free in other places. There's just to much uncertainty and no trust.
  14. So when I get a Notice in the mail saying I was downloading xyz movie and mp3s.Three(6) strikes might go by pretty fast.Get a knock on door about p0rn being sent from or to this said IP. When in fact you didn't have any thing to do with it.Oh! it must be that new wifi for all to use..It's not me sir.

    When they throw out a IP isnt a person ,wifi for all might work ok..
  15. soldier1969

    soldier1969 TS Booster Posts: 244   +43

    I'm fine with their top of the line 110mbs wired service for $110 a month. Have my own router but don't really need wifi as I have a great 4G LTE signal on cell service at home, getting 35mbs down 20 up with it.
  16. I have had first hand experience of this type of service via British Telecom. I regularly set up routers for clients and the BT "Home Hub" includes "BT Fon" and "Openzone," both active by default.

    It seemed like a good idea at the time but no one seems to really use it. I have to assume the main reason is that you have to give away your obligatory personal details/e-mail address in order to gain access.

    It also has a nasty habit of attracting wayward laptops etc. I've been on quite a few jobs where someones laptop tries to repeatedly connect to these open networks when there's a perfectly good network in the clients home. Wifi pollution just about sums it up!

    Not sure about the statement; "promises to provide Wi-Fi internet access from almost anywhere in the world."

    Wow, you guys must have some pretty powerful routers for your Wifi signals to cross the oceans!!! Then again, everyone outside America already knows that when an American says "World" they really mean America, cos nowhere else matters!!!
  17. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,380   +53

    I'm selfish when it comes to certain things. My plate of food, My clothing, and anything connected to my computer(s). No BUENO
  18. JasAce

    JasAce TS Rookie

    I've been a tech with Comcast for 2 years now. We were told the customers are being asked if they want to allow us to install a separate wireless router in their attic or top floor of their home to be this 'Xfinity hotspot' router. It's completely separate from the customers personal router or rented router from Comcast. The other question about bandwidth is legit, because we currently can only install 1 modem per house except for special circumstances. So running both routers from 1 modem will drag the customers personal speeds down it would seem while someone is connected to the hotspot. They are supposed to lower the customers bill if they opt in for this hotspot in their home, but I don't know if they are upping their internet speeds to better balance the strain of 2 routers on 1 modem now.
  19. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 658   +202

    I'd be paying for the electricity for this second router too. Not much money, but mine. My taxes already spend my money on enough free stuff for others.
  20. biohazedinc

    biohazedinc TS Rookie

    Ok, great idea, wrong way to go at it. first off. Comcast speeds jump right now when it rains. (at least in my area) and they claim (QUOTE from the tech`s) this is due to water in the line. now my reasoning is because they are to cheap to replace all analog lines that are still in the area. then with this I have had a wireless and (now) wired modem from them. there wireless blow but . they do not ground neither of there modems. they do not have one modem out there that has lasted me longer then 6months. the one I have now I had to ground in 3 spots. it is the only thing on the cable line and on a SP!

    Ok now for as far as the wireless setup. why wont they just go to there nodes and set up there wifi there? This in return allows there plain to be a foot. Dose not take away from the customers line. dose not allow outside person to enter the customers wireless router! (trust me with in a month they will know how to hack it.) this way they are footing for the power bill and the net bill.

    I have said my words and wish them a good luck. but screw my net speed or lat. and you will find me at your biz door... been with you from day one of there high speed. dealt with enough crap.
  21. JasAce

    JasAce TS Rookie

    This is something I know was brought up in our meeting when this was first announced a few months ago. I heard this is where they want to eventually be, but for now the wifi routers in homes seem to be a test to see if it's something they want to pursue later with the higher end equipment on the nodes themselves.
  22. WorldTraveller

    WorldTraveller TS Rookie

    Not only are the customer's going to be compensated for loss of bandwidth, but what of the electric bill? Is Comcast going to start paying the electric bill for renting out space in one's home? This is a bad idea all around. Just because something is possible doesn't mean it should be done.

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