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My job is to do nothing but troubleshoot customer's home wireless networks for Comcast. I thought I would stop in here to say a few things since I am an expert with there modems and routers. STAY AWAY from their modem/router combos (gateways), they are terrible in every way. There was a recent firmware update that took them a year to get out that fixed a lot of their issues, but for a year if you had a wireless gateway you simply could not use your xbox wirelessly, period.

Back on point.

If they are going to do this it would be a firmware update of course, which takes Comcast a very very long time to develop and push. The last one they just did still isn't fully deployed and that took them a very long time to get out. I'm telling you, I take 40 calls a day to troubleshoot their wireless gateways, until a month ago %70 of the things I was troubleshooting was the fault of the gateway's horrible firmware that I was told basically to lie to the customer and say it was an issue on their end. As soon as Comcast stopped leasing out netgear routers everything went to hell. An entire branch of Xfinity Signature Support was literally created as damage control for their terrible gateways, and they con customers into paying extra for the service! Unfortunately the scheme pays my bills... Basically, whatever they do with their routers is an absolute train wreck, if they do anything, expect it to fail.

Maybe not entirely on topic, but thought it might be interesting to get an inside perspective..
post #22 of 63
I think I would rather they gave me more bandwidth rather than them giving free bandwidth to the public from the equipment that I would have to pay for.But that's just me.
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Originally Posted by duox View Post

ALWAYS ? Weird no such thing was available in my area for 7 years with comcast until I moved to DC. So always is a bit steep.
...yeah, pretty much.

Router + modem combos have been around for a VERY long time.
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I think I would rather they gave me more bandwidth rather than them giving free bandwidth to the public from the equipment that I would have to pay for.But that's just me.
Illogical.
1) You get the bandwidth class that you pay for... you aren't entitled to 120MB DL just because.
2) You don't pay for the extra equipment.... your equipment rental rate is the same.

The only two main negatives is that it will use 1-3w more power and that it creates more interference.
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You know if you have a gateway device from them with modem and router in one you have to call them and have them put it in bridge mode?

Since I have done that I can always just open it up and disconnect the internal antennas and boom, no wifi being served from my home without my permission.
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You know if you have a gateway device from them with modem and router in one you have to call them and have them put it in bridge mode?

Since I have done that I can always just open it up and disconnect the internal antennas and boom, no wifi being served from my home without my permission.

Why bother? Just buy your own modem and router.

Pay $5 a month for modem is waste of money in the long run.
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Ah the advantages of living in the middle of nowhere.

 

I have to use at least a dual-stage D rocket to get screams from the neighbors.

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Why bother? Just buy your own modem and router.

Pay $5 a month for modem is waste of money in the long run.

Because you can't. If you have triple play from Comcast, with phone in addition to your internet, they won't let you use anything else but this specific device they lease to you. Otherwise I would.
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if you just have a modem them you will be fine as Comcast can't access your router. If it is a combo box, router and modem in one, then you should still be OK as long as you aren't forced to download any new updates from Comcast.

Personally I think this is ridiculous especially given the fact we get terrible speeds for the money. Give me better speeds before you start clogging up my network

Having my own modem I am wondering what control I have over this.
gonna have to disagree with you and here is why. overseas they have to pay for say 16gb double what i pay for unlimited... ill never complain ..... ever. unless they try to cap us.....
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I think this is a great idea for comcast to utilize the extra bandwidth they have. Of course this would be 2 separate connections so the public could not get on your personal LAN and im pretty sure they would name the public wifi 1 SSID. Then make them all on the same channel so you connect to only the AP that has the strongest signal.
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gonna have to disagree with you and here is why. overseas they have to pay for say 16gb double what i pay for unlimited... ill never complain ..... ever. unless they try to cap us.....
gonna have to disagree with you on this. Do a quick Google search for worldwide speeds and you'll see that we get nowhere close to what we should per dollar. Would link but I'm on vacation and only have my cellphone with me. And a cap will be coming since everyone is dropping their phone service and a lot are dropping cable as well. I've seen a few isps do this already, put a cap on their network and you get like 200gb/mo with just internet, 250/mo for cable+internet, and 350gb/mo with all 3. All that with new fiber lines being laid on the major state route that runs thru the town.
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