Comcast's new router includes Wi-Fi 6E, Zigbee, and Matter2022-01-03 17:39 by Daniela
Tags: Comcast, router, Wi-Fi 6E, Zigbee, Matter
Comcast introduced a new Matter-ready version of its xFi Advanced Gateway router as part of this week's CES announcements. The revamped xFi router has Zigbee connectivity to serve as a smart home hub. The router also has user-friendly features like parental controls and the ability to manage individual device access.
The device, which represents the fourth generation of the company's xFi Advanced Gateway, will also necessarily be its first tri-band gateway, as Wi-Fi 6E requires transmission on the mostly unused 6GHz band. The benefit of Wi-Fi 6E is largely one of future-proofing: The Wi-Fi 6 protocol on which it is based promises stability and speed improvements, thanks to interference-busting features like Orthogonal Frequency Dividsion Multiple Access (OFDMA) and improvements to Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO). Additionally, where current routers only operate on about 400MHz of total bandwidth, the 6GHz band alone has a full 1,200MHz, which is a little like opening a 10-lane highway where there was formerly just a commercial thoroughfare.
"We're making the latest advancement in Wi-Fi available to our customers today, so their home networks are ready for all of the Wi-Fi 6E capable devices that hit the shelves in the future," said Dave Watson, Comcast Cable CEO, in a press release.
Comcast says its customers will get the new xFi Advanced Gateway wifi routers in the coming months. Subscribers who pay for gigabit internet or the xFi Complete package will have first dibs to upgrade.
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