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Can I use a public WiFi hotspot for my home internet?


There are many reasons to love public WiFi hotspots: ease, access, convenience. They help you stay connected so you never miss a beat — whether you’re streaming sports in a cafe, video-chatting at the airport, or sending an email in transit. That said, public WiFi hotspots are different from your traditional home internet connection and may not be the best solution for everyone. 

There are several factors to consider when using public WiFi for home internet. For example, is there a consistent WiFi signal available, and will you be able to access it in your home? How many other people are accessing that WiFi signal in the area? Do you need a connection for high-bandwidth activities like streaming and gaming? What are the needs within your home – how many people do you live with, and how many and what devices are you connecting?

Xfinity offers a variety of internet options to help you decide based on your needs — including NOW WiFi Pass and Xfinity Internet, among others.

(Need a refresher on what a WiFi hotspot is? Learn more here.) 

Get to know your options

For just $20, NOW WiFi Pass features unlimited data and access to over 22 million Xfinity WiFi hotspots nationwide for 30 days. There’s no equipment required (other than your device), no commitments, and no cancellation fees. It’s flexible and connecting to your service is simple.

Xfinity Internet, meanwhile, provides fast, reliable broadband internet (including gig speeds!) and 99.9% network reliability. Internet plans also include access to Xfinity WiFi hotspots — plus enhanced security features — at no additional cost, so you can connect seamlessly wherever you are. Simply sign in once and automatically join whenever you’re in range. 

Does using a WiFi public hotspot for home internet make sense for you?

Let’s start with a few questions: 

How many devices do you need to connect?

  • With NOW WiFi Pass, 2 devices can be connected at one time. (Think: your laptop and phone, or tablet and desktop computer.) In contrast, your Xfinity Internet service can support multiple devices, depending on which speed you select.

Where is your home located?

  • To purchase and connect your device to NOW WiFi Pass, you’ll need to be in range of an Xfinity WiFi hotspot. Luckily, there are over 22 million hotspots nationwide and you can view our interactive map to find one near you.

How do you like to use your home internet?

  • NOW WiFi Pass includes unlimited data so you can surf, play, work, and more. With Xfinity Internet, you can pick the speed to fit your needs — whether it’s gig-speed internet for pro-level gaming or lower tiers for everyday connections and a great value. 

Your answers to these questions will inform the best WiFi selection for you, but rest assured: Both options provide instant WiFi connections to keep you online at home and on the go. 

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Restrictions apply. Xfinity WiFi hotspots only available in Xfinity’s service territory. Xfinity Internet and Xfinity Mobile customers access to Xfinity WiFi hotspots included, others only with NOW WiFi Pass unless special conditions apply.

NOW WiFi Pass only available on WiFi hotspots that are owned and operated by Xfinity excluding other companies' hotspots including those that offer Xfinity WiFi access (e.g., in stadiums or at certain business locations).

Actual speeds will vary and are not guaranteed and may be impacted by a variety of environmental and other issues, including congestion. Xfinity does not guarantee that an Xfinity WiFi hotspot will be available in all locations or that a connection will be obtainable. Xfinity is not responsible for any failed or incomplete connection or for the privacy or security of any data transmitted to or from your device on any Xfinity WiFi hotspot.

Pricing and services subject to change. No partial redemptions. Not redeemable for cash, except to the extent required by applicable law. Subject to the NOW WiFi Pass Services Terms of Service. For help or more information, please contact the phone number provided on your email confirmation at time of purchase.