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.
Whether you’re a gamer, working from home, or just want a better connection, WiFi mesh is sure to improve your network. We’ve read the reviews and scoured the internet to bring you some of the best options out there to give you flawless internet connection throughout your living space.
Is there anything more frustrating than unreliable internet? If you’re someone who works from home, likes to scroll during your Netflix and Chill time, or simply has a lot of housemates all eating up the internet at the same time, then a WiFi mesh system is for you. Read on to discover what that is, why you need it, and which options will work best for your needs.
What is a WiFi mesh system?
Designed to blanket your entire home in uninterrupted connectivity, WiFi mesh is a wireless internet system comprising a main router as well as several nodes strategically placed throughout the household to reduce spotty service.
The nodes help to cover areas the main router can’t reach, making it the ideal solution for large homes and properties, or areas that struggle with WiFi connectivity, ensuring that even the furthest rooms have flawless connection. Mesh keeps all the nodes within a single wireless network, with the same SSID and password, so you’ll be able to seamlessly walk from room to room without losing your service, rather than WiFi range extenders that need multiple network names and passwords.
Mesh is easily expandable, so you can even extend coverage out to the backyard, garage, and basement at any point.
How to choose a mesh WiFi (or whole home WiFi) system
NETGEAR Combines Multigigabit Cable Modem With Advanced Orbi Mesh WiFi 6 System to Deliver the Best Whole Home WiFi Performance
The industry-first DOCSIS 3.1 modem combined with WiFi 6 mesh delivers ultra-fast multigigabit internet throughout your home
NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR), the leading provider of mesh WiFi systems that power today’s smart homes and small businesses, is introducing the industry-first WiFi 6 mesh system with built-in multigigabit modem – the Orbi™ WiFi 6 Tri-band Mesh System with DOCSIS®3.1 Built-in Cable Modem (CBK752). This new Orbi Mesh System is designed to provide the best performance cable internet and WiFi in a single package.
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The NETGEAR Orbi™ Tri-band WiFi 6 Mesh System with Built-in DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem (CBK752) which includes a router and a satellite is now available in the US from NETGEAR.com for an MSRP of $599.99 USD. (Photo: NETGEAR)
Data Over Cable Service Interface Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 3.1 is the latest technology standard being rolled out by cable service providers for gigabit and higher internet speeds into homes. It uses existing infrastructure to support higher gigabit speeds, thereby allowing faster rollout by cable internet providers and makes gigabit+ internet speeds widely accessible to customers. The new NETGEAR Orbi WiFi 6 with Built-in Cable Modem enables households to take advantage of the latest technologies to enjoy the most advanced broadband internet speeds and high-performance WiFi available.
DOCSIS 3.1 will reduce latency over the network to improve streaming in 4K/8K video, provide for a better gaming experience and enhance video conferencing. The technology is designed to offer optimal connectivity even during peak internet usage hours. This new Orbi WiFi 6 Mesh System combined with the DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem will provide the fastest speeds for today and will continue as the capabilities of cable expand in the future. With ownership of this new modem and WiFi 6 mesh system,