What you need to know
- Comcast has announced the xFi Advanced Gateway router.
- Comcast's new router includes support for WiFi 6E for speedy data transfer.
- The new router costs $14 per month, the same as the outgoing model.
Internet service provider (ISP) Comcast has announced that customers can now enjoy a new router, dubbed the xFi Advanced Gateway. The new device features 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and a new, 6 GHz band for super-fast browsing and costs $14 per month — the same as the older router that it replaces.
That 6GHz band is the result of WiFi 6E compatibility and while no Apple hardware supports it just yet — not even those new MacBook Pro notebooks — that will surely change in the future. The router will offer an "unbeatable broadband experience," Comcast said in a press release.
The new router will begin to arrive with Comcast customers over the next few months, with the ISP saying that those who are already on the xFi Complete Package set to be the first on the list for new deliveries. Those keen to learn more can check out the router's fact sheet right now.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
$14 a month seems a bit high.
I wonder how much a comparable router would cost to buy outright.
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