Comcast turning consumer Wi-Fi routers into semi-public Xfinity hotspots

Comcast turning consumer Wi-Fi routers into semi-public Xfinity hotspots

Comcast has announced that it will begin turning the in-home Wi-Fi routers it offers to consumers into quasi-public hotspots. Customers who have the ” Xfinity Wireless Gateway ” will soon begin transmitting a new Wi-Fi signal called, simply enough, “xfinitywifi.” It will be completely separate from your private Wi-Fi network, Comcast told CNET , and shouldn’t affect your personal usage. The new network won’t be completely public, however, as the only people who can use it will be other Xfinity customers who happen to know their Xfinity login information. That means that logging into the Wi-Fi is also interrupted by a web page — aka a captive portal — which is a hassle on mobile phones

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Comcast turning consumer Wi-Fi routers into semi-public Xfinity hotspots

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