Comcast is offering new, upgraded hardware for its xFinity internet subscribers, with second-gen, range-extending xFi Pods that are twice as fast as the previous version, the company says. The new pods will work with, with support for speeds of up to 500Mbps.
The new xFi Pods are available now starting at $119 each, or $199 for a two pack.
“As families spend more time at home and the number of connected devices continues to rise, connectivity across the entire home is more important than ever,” said Dana Strong, president of Xfinity Consumer Services. “In fact, since March 2020, we have seen the demand for Pods double as families and individuals are retrofitting their homes into offices, movie theaters, doctors offices, and more, by doing all of those activities online instead of outside of the home.”
Each xFi Pod is an AC3000 plug-in range extender, so they don’t support Wi-Fi 6. They’re tri-band, though, which means they can send and receive signals on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, along with a second 5GHz connection they can dedicate for system transmissions between Pod and Gateway. That tri-band backhaul approach. Each Pod also includes two Ethernet jacks for direct, wired connections with your gateway or devices.
New Retail Space Focuses on Health, Safety and Product Exploration
Comcast announced today that it has opened its Xfinity store in Spokane today after closing for remodeling in July. Located at 4423 North Division St, Spokane, WA 99207, the remodeled retail location has expanded from 3,700 square feet to 5,200 and incorporates social distancing protocols for how store employees interact with customers, while allowing the public to research and explore the latest Xfinity products and services.
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Comcast opens remodeled Xfinity Retail Store in Spokane focused on health, safety and produce exploration (Photo: Business Wire)
As a part of Comcast’s focus on the health and safety of customers and employees, retail store staff will uphold the highest standards of sanitization and cleanliness, and use methods recommended by public health authorities. All surfaces are wiped down regularly, and the store is equipped with social distancing signs and Plexiglass barriers to support safe interactions between employees and customers. Xfinity retail employees follow Washington state workplace safety guidelines by wearing a mask or face covering while on the job and requiring that all customers wear facial coverings when in stores.
The new Xfinity retail store offers customers a welcoming and modern retail environment that highlights the complete line of Xfinity Home and Comcast Business technology offerings, including Xfinity X1, Xfinity Home, Xfinity Internet, Flex and Xfinity Mobile. Comcast transformed its retail centers across the state and now operates two Xfinity stores in Spokane County aimed at making the experience better and more convenient for local customers. In addition to experiencing Comcast’s industry-leading products and services, customers may receive support, turn in used equipment, pay their bills and more.
Spokane is among 34 major U.S. cities to receive Xfinity Mobile 5G service