Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Comcast routers broadcasting free Wi-Fi to neighborhood

12 Feb 2014   #31
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

One thing I like to think about at&t they wouldn't knowingly share my internet connection with others around me
Another customers password or not,
That does seem to stretch the word Public to another meaning,
Pretty wild stuff,
I also though my password was not very strong by at&t default standards but at least Public is off by default ?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
12 Feb 2014   #32
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

This is a known "feature" of BT's UK network - this allows other BT customers to utilise "Spare Bandwidth" whilst not at home.

I am not a BT customer but AFAIK It may be disabled in the router.

Although I am not a BT customer, my phone, (from EE/T-Mobile), comes with an app that automatically will find and log on to any available BT-Home network. I do not actually use the app as I have a good unlimited contract but it is an option
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Feb 2014   #33
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I believe it might get the most sticky as far as who's getting priority in the bandwidth being shared,
I for one would not be all that happy if I wasn't getting priority on what I'm paying for and barely receiving as it is and some neighbor or passer by was altering that bandwidth in anyway shape or form,
Cheers.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

12 Feb 2014   #34
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

But the passerby already can impact your bandwidth if they use a hotspot from your neighbor's home. Doesn't cable share bandwidth for all of those that are on a common hub (distribution box)? (Or whatever the equipment is called.) In our area, they put 10 homes to a box.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Feb 2014   #35
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Cable users do share bandwidth, but I doubt it has any effect on speed. It would take a bunch of online gamers all online at the same time to have any effect. It's possible, but unlikely. Even during peak hours, I don't see much fluctuation.

How do I disable/enable the XFINITY WiFi Home Hotspot feature?

We encourage all subscribers to keep this feature enabled as it allows more people to enjoy the benefits of XFINITY WiFi around the neighborhood. You will always have the ability to disable the XFINITY WiFi feature on your Wireless Gateway by calling 1-800-XFINITY.

XFINITY WiFi - FAQs

A Guy
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Feb 2014   #36
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Wow encouraging customers to use such a sevice with negative reputation.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Feb 2014   #37
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Interesting tidbit from that FAQ...

How many visitors can connect to the XFINITY WiFi Home Hotspot at one time?

Up to five devices can connect to the “xfinitywifi” signal simultaneously.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Feb 2014   #38
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Feb 2014   #39
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

He raises some very good points Wolfgang. I'm certainly no WiFi guru but I suspect someone wily enough could get access to the whole network with Comcast's willingness to share others subscriptions.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Feb 2014   #40
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

So this is comcast's way of offering people cheap internet? By allowing users to by a slow speed for home but connect to someone who could have a very fast speed and steal bandwith by POSSIBLY playing MMOs and etc.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Comcast routers broadcasting free Wi-Fi to neighborhood




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Broadcasting DHCP every 65 seconds
I've got a Windows 7 system that is sending a UDP broadcast every 65 seconds: Mar 13 12:23:24 flamingo kernel <Debug>: ipfw: 65534 Deny UDP 192.168.92.46:68 255.255.255.255:67 in via en0 Mar 13 12:24:29 flamingo kernel <Debug>: ipfw: 65534 Deny UDP 192.168.92.46:68 255.255.255.255:67 in via en0...
Network & Sharing
Tragedy in my neighborhood
This morning school violence happened in my small neighborhood. The high school is only three blocks away from me. A high school girl was killed by a classmate because she refused to go to the junior prom with him tonight. He has now been formally charged with murder. The prom has been...
Chillout Room
Broadcasting MIDI device live?
Hi, I've got a MIDI keyboard and I'd like to broadcast what I'm playing live on TinyChat. Not sure how to go about this, selecting What U Hear doesn't work because it starts an echo chain. Is there anyway of making a MIDI device have it's own recording device in Windows?
Sound & Audio
Any F1 Fans in the Neighborhood?
So as you can probably tell from my avatar, I love F1 and have been following for quite a while now. Before I spout off any further I'm wondering if there were any other F1 fanatics around here?
Chillout Room
ics not broadcasting dhcp to router wan port
Greeting, I'm having problems setting up a ICS route in win 7 the same procedure worked fine in XP. I have a dual boot win xp pro, win 7 pro x64 system. The internet chain consists of a 3g modem (ics) <-> gigbit nic ip (192.168.0.1 in XP) (192.168.137.1 in win7 pro)<-> wan port of a dd-wrt...
Network & Sharing
Broadcasting xbox 360
Hello I have been trying to do this for awhile but I have never had any real expertise on this area, I want to be able to live stream onto justin.tv with my xbox 360, But I do not know the equipment that I need to do this, I need some help, -What do I need? Is really the only question I can...
Chillout Room


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 23:58.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App