[Hidden-tech] Modem alternatives to Comcast/Xfinity

DM Cook dmaterialized at gmail.com
Tue May 26 03:23:09 UTC 2020

Arthur, I always have clients switch to a dedicated modem and separate
wireless system, as others have suggested. It works much better, it costs
way less money, it does not give your internet connection out to any random
people walking by (as Comcast's does.)

Personally, I think eero's wifi system is the easiest to use mesh network
out there. I have a three-piece set, which consists of a base and two
additional plug-in routers (they're quite small) for something like $180.
This covers a 3 story house as well as the entire back yard, all the way
out to my car, in reliable, perfect wifi. I'm sure smaller areas could get
by with just a single base.

For cable modems, I've used Motorola's SB series in the past but after
consistent issues with one model, I have switched to a Netgear modem - I
think it's the CM130. Highly recommended.

DM Cook
Instructional Designer & Technical Writer

On Mon, May 25, 2020 at 3:36 PM Arthur Evans via Hidden-discuss <
hidden-discuss at lists.hidden-tech.net> wrote:

> We've been renting Comcast modems for years, now at $14.00/month and we
> have connectivity issues with wi-fi which we have only had moderate success
> fixing with an extender.
> We are looking for recommendations for the advisability of buying a modem
> with extenders for a larger home to replace Xfinity's which will last well
> - or is it best to stick with what Xfinity provides? Any good modem and
> extender packages recommended?  Xfinity suggested we purchase xFi Pods
> ($119 + tax + delivery for three pods) to fix the problem.  Thanks in
> advance.
> - Arthur
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