Comcast today launched Xfinity xFi, a personalized Wi-Fi experience that provides a digital dashboard for customers to set up their home Wi-Fi network, find their password, connect to devices, troubleshoot issues, set parental controls, and pause access on their home network.
“The adoption and use of connected devices has grown dramatically and Comcast has created a solution that makes it easy to control and manage them,” says Eric Schaefer, senior vice president of internet and communications services for Comcast.“X-Fi is a personalized home Wi-Fi experience that gives customers the fastest speeds, best coverage and ultimate control in their homes. And it’s a platform that will allow us to bring future innovations to our customers, address common pain points and vastly improve the way millions of people interact with their home Wi-Fi network.”
The company is also introducing a new xFi Advanced Gateway to customers on the fastest speed tiers. The xFi Advanced Gateway will be the primary device Comcast uses to provide one-gig speeds to customers. The device is capable of delivering gigabit speeds over Wi-Fi and supports Xfinity Voice, home security, and automation applications.
The xFi experience can be controlled via mobile app, website, and on television with the X1 voice remote. xFi is now available to customers with a compatible Xfinity Wi-Fi device – the xFi Wireless Gateway or the xFi Advanced Gateway – and comes at no extra cost. The app is available for Apple and Android devices.
Comcast expects the number of xFi-ready homes to increase to about 15 million by the end of 2017.