If there was any question about cable involvement as a Wi-Fi service provider Comcast should have put that to rest this this week as it surpassed one million Wi-Fi hotspots across the nation. Access to the Xfinity Wi-Fi network to customers is a priority for Comcast, according to Marcien Jenckes, executive vice president of Consumer Services for Comcast Cable.
“Speed, reliability and accessibility on any device, are all important to our customers and we are committed to grow our hotspots to keep ahead of the rise in user demand,” he said.
Comcast’s Wi-Fi network is growing in three ways:
Comcast has placed Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots in public locations across the country, ranging from shopping centers and commuter stations to parks, sporting venues, beaches and boardwalks. Cities include San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, as well as areas of New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware.
Most Comcast business Internet customers are eligible to receive an Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot for no additional charge when they order service, which directly improves their patrons’ experience. Examples include restaurants, cafes and bakeries, retail establishments and office waiting rooms.
Recently, Comcast began providing residential customers that have Xfinity wireless gateways with the ability to have a second “xfinitywifi” signal (or SSID) in their home that is separate and distinct from their private and secure home Wi-Fi signal. This additional access point provides Xfinity Internet subscribers in the area with a Wi-Fi signal without the need to share a homeowner’s private network password. This service is included at no additional charge.
The Xfinity Wi-Fi App, available for download on both iOS and Android devices, facilitates the location of business and outdoor hotspots, or by visiting the hotspot finder map online at www.xfinity.com/wifi.