Comcast today announced nationwide availability for its xFi Pod Wi-Fi extenders. The company had previously trialed the devices in limited markets late last year.
The Pods act as Wi-Fi extenders, working with select Comcast xFi gateways (Arris TG1682G, Cisco 3941T, Arris TG3482G, Technicolor CGM4140COM, according to this FAQ) to extend Wi-Fi to weak signal areas.
Comcast says the Pods work with the gateways to "continuously monitor and optimize Wi-Fi connections to each device", using a remote management platform hosted in Comcast's cloud.
The Pods are based on technology licensed from mesh Wi-Fi startup Plume. According to TechCrunch, "Comcast licensed the Plume technology, then reconfigured some aspects of it in order to integrate xFi. It also designed its own pods in-house". It's not clear whether the current xFi Pods are Comcast's new design or Plume's existing one.
Plume also appears to be soldiering ahead with its own business, teasing a SuperPod "arriving Spring 2018" on its own site. Comcast invested in Plume last year and took a seat on its board.
xFi Pods are sold in three-packs for $119 or in six-packs for $199 either online or in Xfinity stores.
[Full press release]