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mendyk
mendyk
12/11/2014 | 6:30:58 AM
Re: Opt out
The word "public" here is a bit misleading. My understanding is that the service is available only to Comcast subscribers. Still, you'd think Comcast would be a little more sensitive to the issue, and maybe offer a $5 a month discount for customers that agree up front to allow their wifi to be an Xfinity hotspot. That might cut into the claim of offering millions of hotspots, but it would take the perceived sleaze out of this.
R Clark
R Clark
12/10/2014 | 8:11:50 PM
Re: Opt out
Can't see how Comcast can argue that it doesn't impact on performance and that it doesn't involve some cost for the home user. They should sell the shared public Wi-Fi option as a less expensive service with no opt-out, and be upfront about it.
MarkC73
MarkC73
12/10/2014 | 7:37:48 PM
Re: Opt out
They need to give it a different spin, remember when getting personal information from people was so difficult?  Call it facebook, and people can't give enough. Call it Share-fi, where if you have one enabled on your account at home you can use other's on the go.
brooks7
brooks7
12/10/2014 | 5:46:47 PM
Re: I don't get it
sam,

There is a generic SSID called Xfinitywifi that should be firewalled by your Comcast router.  Any Comcast customer should be able to log into that network that you are providing via the Comcast router.

You are supposed to be able to turn it off, but it is why I use my own wifi instead of Comcast's.  Here is a useful link:

http://wifi.comcast.com/hotspots.html

seven

 
danielcawrey
danielcawrey
12/10/2014 | 4:24:30 PM
Re: Opt out
The biggest issue I see here is the fact that the majority of customers will have no idea that this is set up in their homes.

I am going to assume that Comcast has taken care of the requisite security issues. Even so, this is the public using supposed customer equipment. I'm not enitrely sure how I feel about this. 
sam masud
sam masud
12/10/2014 | 3:28:16 PM
I don't get it
I have Comcast with WiFi (built into my Comcast router), but someone would have to know my password to have access to my in-home Wifi. So are the subs who filed this suit saying that, in a sense, there is a sort of backdoor to my home WiFi that can be accessed by other Comcast subscribers? If so, that's downright sneaky since I was not told about it.
KBode
KBode
12/10/2014 | 3:25:19 PM
Opt out
The biggest problem I see is that the opt out functionality doesn't work. Users complain that their preference is removed each time that the router receives an update!


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