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NewsPoster Jun 10, 2013 07:24 PM
Comcast deploys additional public SSID to consumer Wi-Fi routers
<a href="" rel='nofollow'>Comcast</a> is beginning to give its Xfinity Internet customers an additional "xfinitywifi" SSID network in-home that is completely separate and distinct from the family's private and secure home Wi-Fi signal. The move, in effect, creates <a href=" ZIP&map_submit.y=8" rel='nofollow'>millions of hotspots</a> for Comcast customers, available all over the country for no additional cost.<br />
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The connectivity is offered to Xfinity Internet residential customers. Comcast's newest Wireless Gateway broadcasts two discrete WiFi signals. By default, one is securely configured for the private use of the home subscriber. The other 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.<br />
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Comcast started a neighborhood hotspot trial last year in parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Northern Virginia and the Greater Washington, DC metro area. Currently, more than 100,000 Xfinity Internet subscribers already regularly use these WiFi access points being offered by other subscribers.
fizzy Jun 10, 2013 07:49 PM
So, I can't get guests onto my network unless they're also Comcast customers; but any Comcast customer in the park across the street can leach my WiFi. Thanks, Comcast!
Cold Warrior Jun 10, 2013 08:46 PM
I'm glad I don't use a Comcast wifi router. My Airport Extreme is locked down and all mine.
TheGreatButcher Jun 10, 2013 08:54 PM
So basically Comcast gets free infrastructure off of its customers to support these hotspots?
Cold Warrior Jun 10, 2013 10:28 PM
Technically it's their infrastructure, the customer just rents some of it -- including the wifi router, which customers are free to return.
nowwhatareyoulookingat Jun 11, 2013 01:46 AM

Thank you to our "customers" for maintaining the security and paying for the power to keep our infrastructure working. Oh yeah, rates are going up soon.
TheGreatButcher Jun 11, 2013 07:02 AM
@Cold Warrior: by infrastructure, I mean free electricity and overhead (i.e. property space) supporting the hotspot.
jchung Jun 11, 2013 07:21 AM
Any bets on whether Comcast will exclude the free WiFi data usage from the Comcast customer's 250GB / month data cap?
abbaZaba Jun 11, 2013 10:30 AM
last I checked, Comcast had stopped monitoring the 250GB/month bandwidth
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