World’s largest broadcasting and Cable Television company Comcast released its new xFi Advanced Gateway modem and router. Back in May, the company introduced the modem, and now it is making it available in every market.
Comcast said on Wednesday that the modem is the most advanced device it’s ever made. The subscribers of the company’s Gigabit Internet package will get the download speeds of up to one gigabit per second and upload speeds of a comparatively paltry 35 megabits-per-second (or Mbps) with this new all-in-one device. To use this device you will need an 8×8 antenna setup that means, your connected device must have eight incoming and eight outgoing antennas to support the 1.5Gbps speeds.
The company’s goal with this new modem/router is to make the process of setting up, connecting to and using the internet a little bit easier, Comcast’s SVP of Hardware Development, Fraser Stirling said.
The modem will also include a WiFi router capability that will allow devices around your home to enter the speedy connection and interact with smart home devices such as Nest thermostats or Philips Hue lightbulbs. The4 modem, which will cost roughly $10 per month to rent uses an 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard.
It features an additional 160MHz channel width that will offer more airspace for sending data back and forth from devices. Modern routers and gateways typically include 20MHz, 40MHz, and 80MHz channel widths.
Stirling says, “We use MU-MIMO (multi-user, multi-input, multi-output) technology to make sure that the xFi Advanced Gateway doesn’t just deliver great speed to one device, it can simultaneously power dozens of devices without sacrificing performance on any of them.”