’Tis the season for a houseful of guests and a bogged-down WiFi network. Hosting family during the holidays can mean dozens of gadgets grasping for bandwidth: 12 phones-a-surfing, 11 shows-a-streaming, 10 grandkids Facetiming … and a partridge in a pear tree! All of this activity may set your home abuzz with holiday cheer, but it can also lead to slow, lagging WiFi. Bah humbug.
The good news is, there are ways to ensure that your WiFi network is as hospitable as you are this holiday season. Here are some of the best ways to manage your Xfinity xFi home network so it can handle your houseguests.
Step 1: Download the Xfinity xFi app
The first and easiest thing you can do to optimize your Xfinity xFi network is to download the Xfinity xFi app. The app makes it easy to manage your device connections, allowing you to tweak settings quickly. You can also set up guest Wi-Fi access, which is a great way to share Wi-Fi with other devices. (Keep in mind that the Xfinity xFi app requires you to be an Xfinity Internet subscriber with an xFi Gateway.)
Use the xFi app to check your connected devices, and see which are using the most bandwidth at any given moment. You can limit high-bandwidth devices or pause their data usage altogether, freeing up bandwidth for other use. Simply open up the app, tap on a device or profile that’s connected to it, and hit the pause button. The app is available for Android and iOS.
Step 2: Use xFi Pods
If your network needs an additional boost, check out xFi Pods. These devices create a mesh WiFi network in your home to help eliminate areas where WiFi coverage is weak. They’re similar to WiFi signal extenders in that they help you achieve a fast Internet connection throughout your home, which can be hard to achieve with just a single router.
xFi Pods are available in packs of three or six, and they’re easy to set up straight from the Xfinity xFi app. Simply plug in an xFi Pod, open up the app, tap “More” (near the bottom of the screen), and hit the “Add a Device” button. Then, follow the instructions on your screen to set them up.
Step 3: Upgrade your Internet service
Ultimately, it might be worth upgrading your service to deliver the fastest speeds to all your connected devices. Xfinity xFi can provide a service that’s right for your needs. Use these benchmarks to determine how much Internet bandwidth is best for your home:
|Number of connected devices (smartphones, laptops, smart TVs, etc.)||Megabits per second (Mbps)|
|1-5||60 and under|
|21-50+||1,000 (1 Gbps)|
The holidays can be stressful enough with worrying about lagging network connections. Check your Internet speed, and use the Xfinity xFi app and xFi Pods to ensure optimal performance. You’ll all stay connected, and your houseguests may never want to leave. On second thought…