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Comcast turns residential routers into public Wi-Fi hotspots in Houston

By Shawn Knight · 35 replies
Jun 11, 2014
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  1. No it won't. Privacy is a basic right that should never be compromised. This is the most retarded thing I've seen or heard all day.
  2. Sancticide

    Sancticide TS Enthusiast Posts: 44   +18

    Technically, it's not your network being accessed (assuming the modem is the demarcation point), but I personally wouldn't want to find out that these modems are allowing outsiders to sniff my internet traffic or launch attacks on my router. No thanks.

    "The cable and Internet provider is quick to point out that the public network is separate from a user’s private home network and public connections won’t slow down the owner’s residential connection."
  3. Sancticide

    Sancticide TS Enthusiast Posts: 44   +18

    I would assume that they can tell which is public traffic and which is yours and provide appropriate QoS to each (hopefully the public traffic getting "Best Effort" service). After all, it's not like you have a 10/15/20Mbps limit because that's all the line can accommodate.
  4. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,763   +435

    Well yes you are right - in the case of cable there should be headroom. I hope they accommodate that extra bandwidth and not take from your service bandwidth.
  5. We shall test this during the next event in my neighborhood. I'm no psychic but I suspect there will be many videos on modifying these modems to have zero wireless capability.
  6. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,171   +203

    Did you last visit england in the 50s or something?
  7. Jack Reacher

    Jack Reacher TS Rookie Posts: 23

    Just imagine all the cars sitting out in front of your house with "Uncle Pervey" and his buddies watching kiddie porn on their laptops, tablets or smart phones. Thanks a pant load Comcast! Luckily I have Cox Cable. Also, did Comcast PAY their existing customers for this usage?
  8. jacques

    jacques TS Rookie Posts: 22

    We are ready for lift off housten
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    My exact thoughts.
  10. lmike6453

    lmike6453 TS Enthusiast Posts: 100   +6

    Say what?!? If the world accepts that, it would be a much worse place.
  11. Sancticide

    Sancticide TS Enthusiast Posts: 44   +18

    Doesn't Xfinity make users log on with their account-bound credentials??? I know Time Warner does for their "public" hotspots. Also, why would they be paying customers for using their own network? After all, you're renting this modem from them and there should be plenty of room on the line. Proper QoS should ensure that the local subscriber's traffic has precedence over public traffic, at least in theory. I see allowing wireless access to a user's modem as a security/privacy risk though, and users are allowed to opt-out if they want, as it should be.

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