Can you connect Roku 3 to "xfinitywifi"?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by vols, Apr 24, 2015.

  1. vols macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2013
    First of all, apologies if this thread is in the wrong location.

    Using a MacBook Air, I am a Comcast (internet) customer and have been close to going over my data allowance several times. One of the biggest data hogs (to my knowledge) is my Roku. I don't have cable, so everything that I watch is from my TV antenna or the Roku itself. I have read several websites that says you need to change a Mac address, but it isn't all that clear to me on how to accomplish this.

    Just thought I would ask if any of you have tried this little hack? Thanks for any help you can give.
  2. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    To the best of my knowledge, changing a MAC address won't get you around a data cap.

    The MAC address is just a device identifier, and changing a device's ID does not change the fact that it is using data from your internet connection.
  3. vols thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2013
    According to the websites, I believe the benefit of changing a mac address is to be able to log into the "xfinitywifi" network (similar to a WEP key security login).

    Because you can only log into the xfinity wifi using a device that has a web browser. Similar to the ones you connect to at a Starbucks...a small windowed browser pops up, confirming your connection. But with Roku, there is no browser.

    So I believe when changing the mac, it bypasses the needed browser (somehow).

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