If you live in a larger house, you may already be familiar with the home area you need to avoid because WiFi coverage is weak or unusable.
Did you know that the lonely corner of the basement or the upstairs bedroom in the corner of the house? These dead ends can be frustrating, especially if you want to use a computer, smartphone, tablet or any other WiFi-enabled device in these rooms.
To fix this, you can try to move your internet device (modem/router/gateway) to the center of the house, but depending on your internet connection to your home location, this may not be for you.
A simpler solution is to purchase a device (or multiple devices) that can extend the WiFi signal to a weaker area of the home.
Xfinity xFi Pods
If you are an Xfinity customer, the best way is to pick up a pack of xFi Pods. They are available in 3 or 6 packs depending on your needs. I purchased 3 pieces and found it to be enough for my two-story home to have a basement. Before I dive into how xFi Pod works, let me make sure I can meet the requirements for using xFi Pod.
First, you need to be an Xfinity customer. Second, you need to use the current model of Xfinity’s xFi gateway. When I purchased my xFi Pod, the Xfinity representative first checked my device quickly to make sure I met the requirements (I did).
Configuring the xFi Pods
Once you have mastered the xFi Pod, you can easily configure them. I know because I completed the configuration and operation of all three xFi Pods in less than five minutes.
First, you need the free Xfinity xFi app for iPhone and Android phones. Once you get the app, open the app and tap More in the bottom navigation. Then, click Add Device. Tap xFi Pod and follow the steps on the screen.
The xFi application will guide you through each xFi Pod and activate it one by one. Once you have completed all the pods, you will have the opportunity to name each pod so you can easily identify them later.
What is the best part? You don’t have to know any complicated IP addresses or MAC addresses. Just follow the simple instructions in the xFi app. No technical knowledge is required.
Where to put your xFi Pods
One thing you need to plan ahead is to place a new xFi Pod. It doesn’t make sense to put them in the adjacent room where the Xfinity xFi gateway is located, because you should already have a good signal in these rooms. Instead, you want to place them in the nearest place in your home, where you have the weakest WiFi coverage.
Please note that I did not say that the room with the weakest coverage. I think it’s best to put them outside these rooms, between rooms with weak WiFi coverage and rooms with Xfinity xFi gateways. In my house, I placed an xFi Pod in the hallway upstairs, one in the kitchen and one in the main room in the basement.
I should also point out that each xFi Pod is plugged into your wall, so you need a power outlet.
Managing your new, extended network
Once everything is configured, xFi Pod and your gateway will begin to optimize the optimal configuration of your home network and adapt to your home’s WiFi needs. In other words, it determines if the device is best connected to your primary gateway or one of the xFi Pods for the best WiFi signal.
If you need to manage your xFi Pod, you can execute this action application directly from xFi. You can even see which devices in your home are connected to which devices.
Do they work?
If you want to know if xFi Pod really does, please allow me to assure you. I used a WiFi signal strength meter before and after installing the xFi Pod outside the upstairs hallway and my son’s bedroom. These rooms are the notorious weakness of my home WiFi.
Here are screenshots of the test results, taken from inside my son’s bedroom:
Where to get xFi Pods
You can get a 3-pack or a 6-pack xFi Pod by logging into your Xfinity account and selecting the “Shopping” link or by using this quick link to jump directly to the xFi Pod 3-Pack page.
Alternatively, you can visit the local Xfinity store and pick up the 3-piece or 6-piece xFi Pod.