xfinity wifi hotspots

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  1. ericgtr12 macrumors 6502a

    ericgtr12

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    Suddenly I'm seeing xfinity wifi hotspots all over my neighborhood and my network connection changed over to it automatically from my MBP which prompted me to login to xfinity with my comcast credentials. I had no idea why it was prompting at first, it appears as if it's enabling this functionality through neighbors modems without their knowledge. Anyone else seeing this?
     
  2. D.T. macrumors 604

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    http://www.extremetech.com/computin...hotspots-millions-more-by-the-end-of-the-year
     
  3. ericgtr12 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, it appears they're hijacking paying users' modems to co-opt this. You can turn it off but you have to make a deliberate action and follow the instructions in order to do it. They must have found a legal loophole for this but they're screwing their customers.
     
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

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    That low rumbling sound is the lawyers falling over themselves to be first to file a class-action suit against Comcast.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    This is why I have my own cable modem and separate router.
     
  6. ericgtr12 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Personally, I use my own router so it's not an issue. It only appears to work if you use their wifi within their own modem. I guess with the proper security in place it's not much different than everyone using the same nodes for wired signals, still seems underhanded though.
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  7. maflynn Moderator

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    :p

    In all seriousness, I wondered about this as I saw more and more xfinity hotspots pop up in residential neighborhoods. Since I have non-comcast cable modem and my own router. I felt I was pretty safe from having them steal the bandwidth that I'm paying for.
     
  8. ericgtr12 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I downloaded their iPhone app, it shows every modem that is broadcasting and you can click on "view in google maps" to see the street view of the house that's (likely unknowingly) broadcasting. Just wow.
     
  9. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Wow. **** that.

    So what happens when somebody uses a stranger's Comcast hotspot to download kiddie porn? When the authorities come knocking, will Comcast have any way of knowing who downloaded what?
     
  10. hallux macrumors 68020

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    So, are they going to start giving people credit on their bills for the shared usage of their internet connection?

    There's another provider that does this, isn't there? Charter maybe? It's probably in the TOS agreed to when signing up for their service.
     
  11. C DM, Feb 9, 2016
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    C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Based on the available information about it all out there, the connection is separate from the private customer connection so that its usage doesn't relate to or affect the customer. The ability to disable it by the customer from their account is there. They have also already been sued over it all. More information can be found in various online articles, like the one at http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/...ers-for-turning-routers-into-public-hotspots/
     

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