Comcast New xFi Wi-Fi Experience is an Absolute Game Changer
Comcast is making a big splash in streaming content with their X1 and even bigger waves with their five-year-young Xfinity Home program that recently revealed it has found its way into just under 1 million homes across America.
"Now we're doing the same for Wi-Fi," the company boasts as they reveal Xfinity xFi.
The cloud-managed service combines a ton of Comcast's proprietary technologies including iOS, Android, Web, and television support. To sweeten the deal, Comcast offers the platform to 10 million customers on day one at no extra charge.
Comcast points to a few major improvements to elevate xFi:
- Ease of access - Every option for homeowners is accessible through the app
- Personal - Create profiles for every member of the house and which device they own
- Control - Every device can be managed with bed timers, speed limits, internet access, and parental controls
- Troubleshooting - xFi can identify problems before they become problems
- Security - Built-in firewalls filter phishing and malware for all your devices
- Management - The cloud-based service is accessible from any device that has the app, from anywhere in the world
A few tricks like scanning barcodes to add devices, data use texts, and a slick interface really set Comcast up to grab the whitespace of easily managing home systems.
Comcast Adds Plume to the Roster
Honestly, there aren't many homes that can swear by the success of a provided Wi-Fi solution the same way they would boast about their 'aftermarket' alternatives. On the other hand, not offering any solution would be a swan dive into irrelevancy. Damned if you do, damned if you don't right?
Comcast notes that 86% of in-home broadband travels over Wi-Fi and by 2020, Americans will average about 50 connected devices in their home making it about time that Comcast would offer a serious solution to Wi-Fi solutions. In steps Plume, the world first "adaptive" Wi-Fi setup. Plume approach the tried-and-true mesh network with their unconventional pods that work with existing Comcast hardware.
Dead spots are just one pod away from no longer being a homeowner headache. While the editors at Dealerscope haven't actually tested the product, many reviews come at luke-warm 6/10's or 3/5's mentioning that they are incredibly easy to set-up but don't offer a ton of advanced controls. They do however note that the network coverage is, at the very least, good enough.
While that might disappoint some hardcore consumers, it's actually a perfect spot for Comcast following their xFi announcement because the average user is perfectly content with 'good enough.' This is especially true if the coverage is strong in every room but they can still tackle advanced maneuvers using the xFi app.