XFINITY GIVES ADVANCED CYBERSECURITY TO 18 MILLION
XFI CUSTOMERS FOR FREE
Only Provider to Offer this $72 Annual Value for No Additional Cost
Customers Can Now Protect All of Their Connected Devices in a Matter of Minutes
PHILADELPHIA – January 6, 2020 – Cybersecurity is a top priority for Xfinity customers and the majority of U.S. consumers. With that in mind, Comcast announced today that xFi Advanced Security, a feature that automatically protects devices from online threats, will be included free for customers who lease an xFi gateway. Comcast is the only provider to offer this service at no additional cost – a $72 annual value.
New customers will receive Advanced Security immediately upon activating an xFi Gateway, and the feature will begin rolling out to 18 million existing eligible xFi customers over the coming weeks. It requires no software download or additional set-up other than logging into xFi via the mobile app or online, making it simple and easy to protect wired and WiFi connected devices in the home; including smart TVs or thermostats, or devices without keyboards or screens like security cameras or smart speakers.
Key features include:
- A daily list of digital security-related actions that were taken each day.
- Preventing inadvertent visits to malicious sites and becoming a victim of phishing attacks.
- Blocking remote access to smart devices from unknown/dangerous sources.
- Monitoring of devices in real-time and delivering alerts when devices are behaving in unusual ways that could indicate a network threat.
- The ability to adapt to the home network and get smarter to keep up with new threats over time.
“We want you to have the peace of mind to know that in just a few minutes all the devices you connect in the home, and the people that use them, are safe and secured,” said Dana Strong, President of Xfinity Consumer Services, Comcast. “Our customers asked for a better way to stream content and we answered with Xfinity Flex for free. Now, we’re giving them the protection they asked for with Advanced Security. That’s an incredible amount of value for our internet customers, and we’re just getting started.”
Advanced Security, initially launched in January 2019 as an optional $5.99 upgrade, was developed based on customer feedback requesting a way to protect IoT devices in this smart home era. It uses AI and machine learning technology to monitor and analyze WiFi traffic in the home, and automatically blocks identified suspicious activity in real time.
It is the latest addition to Comcast’s Xfinity xFi platform, which gives customers a simple, digital dashboard to set up and manage their home WiFi networks and see what devices are connected, set parental controls, get notifications about activities on the home network, and even pause WiFi access to certain devices during dinner or bedtime. xFi users can also ensure whole-home WiFi coverage by adding xFi Pods; small, easy to install devices that plug into any electrical outlet and extend connectivity to hard to reach areas of their home. And, now with Xfinity Flex, customers can easily manage streaming entertainment and connected devices on the television using the award-winning Xfinity Voice Remote.
For more information about xFi Advanced Security and all of the ways Comcast is providing more value to its internet customers subscription, visit www.comcastcorporation.com/CES.
COMCAST LAUNCHES ITS MOST POWERFUL INTERNET DEVICE CAPABLE OF MULTI-GIGABIT SPEEDS WITH WIFI 6
Ultra-fast xFi Advanced Gateway delivers exceptionally lower latency for an unrivaled cloud and online gaming, 4K video streaming, and VR and AR experiences
New xFi Advanced Gateway Is One of the First WiFi 6 Certified Devices in the U.S.
PHILADELPHIA – Jan. 6, 2020 – Today Comcast announced that its next-generation xFi Advanced Gateway, it’s first device capable of delivering true multi-gigabit speeds, will begin rolling out to customers in the coming months. Comcast, the nation’s largest gigabit speed provider, now becomes one of the first U.S. Internet Service Providers to offer a WiFi 6 Certified gateway delivering faster speeds, ultimate capacity, lower latency and best-in-class WiFi coverage throughout the home.
Xfinity Internet power users are connecting on average 50 devices in the home per month and, globally, an additional 100 million smart home devices are expected to be added to home networks by 2023 (Strategy Analytics). The xFi Advanced Gateway is designed for high-performance users to handle more capacity for even more smart home devices coming online today and in the future. This gateway delivers exceptionally lower latency for an unrivaled cloud and online gaming, 4K video streaming, and VR and AR experiences, as these applications increasingly become mainstream.
The gateway also provides unprecedented WiFi signal range, blanketing the vast majority of most homes with ultra-fast speeds. Combined with xFi pods, customers can create their own personalized mesh WiFi networks throughout their home.
“We designed the next-generation Advanced Gateway to be the fastest, smartest and most powerful WiFi device on the planet to continue to deliver on our promise of bringing our customers a great broadband experience,” said Kunle Ekundare, Director of Product and Hardware Management, Comcast. “The xFi Advanced Gateway is truly the best Internet product we’ve ever built, and we’re thrilled to be bringing our customers into the future with Wi-Fi 6.”
Not only is the xFi Advanced Gateway one of the best performing gateways on the market, but it also comes with xFi – a simple, digital dashboard for Xfinity customers to control their home WiFi network. In addition to parental control features like pausing WiFi and screen time scheduling, xFi provides content filters that ensure younger children can only access age-appropriate content. xFi now also comes with xFi Advanced Security, that protects all the devices connected to a customers’ home network from malware and other security threats. xFi can be accessed via the mobile app (iOS and Android), website, or on the TV, on X1 and Flex, with the Xfinity Voice Remote. The feature is available at no extra cost to the more than 18 million Xfinity Internet customers who lease a compatible xFi gateway.
The new xFi Advanced Gateway will be available in the coming months to customers that subscribe to Xfinity Internet speed tiers of 300 Mbps or faster.
This next generation device is packed with:
- Four simultaneous dual-band antennas that support both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, allowing gigabits of data to move with ease.
- A 2.5Gbps Ethernet port to support wired speeds greater than 1Gbps.
- Bluetooth LE and Zigbee radios capable of connecting to virtually any IoT device.
- Switchable mid-split support between 42MHz and 85MHz to allow greater upstream throughput.
- The Gateway has the ability to deliver multiple streaming services simultaneously over WiFi throughout the home.
- The xFi Advanced Gateway has the same sleek design as the original, but comes in white to easily blend in to most homes.