Re: viewing users on wifi


David Goldfield <david.goldfield@...>
 

Hi, Brian.

Let me try and address your questions.


First, Xfinity Internet subscribers are not limited to only one terabyte per month of usage. There are some markets where a data usage plan is in place where customers are initially provided with a terabyte of data per month. Although 99% of Internet subscribers never exceed this plan, customers are able to use more than one terabyte of data in a monthly billing cycle. Quoting from the Data Usage Plan FAQ:

"If you choose to use more than 1 TB in a month, we will automatically add blocks of 50 GB to your account for an additional fee of $10 each.  Your charges, however, will not exceed $200 each month, no matter how much you use.  And, we're offering you two courtesy months, so you will not be billed the first two times you exceed a terabyte." 

The above link will take you to the full data usage plan FAQ.

Also, the data usage plan is not in effect in all markets and does not affect business customers or customers who subscribe to the gigabit tier of service.

Regarding your question about the home hotspot, a guest signing onto the XfinityWifi home hotspot does not have access to your home network.

To quote the Home Hotspot FAQ:

"• The Xfinity WiFi service is designed to work on a separate network so that your home network remains entirely secure. By enabling guests to use the Xfinity WiFi network you won't need to provide your private home WiFi network password to guests."

This also does not count against an Xfinity Internet subscriber's data, assuming that a data usage plan is in effect for that subscriber. To quote the same FAQ:

"Will the homeowner be accountable for visitors' activities and data usage on the Wireless Gateway?
No. The homeowner is not accountable for visitors' activities and data usage. Visitors are accountable for their own usage based on their Xfinity WiFi Hotspot eligibility."
As I indicated in a previous message, the home hotspot feature can be disabled by the subscriber at any time.


As I do not officially represent Comcast on any of these mailing lists I always defer to Comcast if they offer any information which contradicts anything I have written. I just wanted to answer your questions, however.







David Goldfield, Assistive Technology Specialist WWW.David-Goldfield.Com

On 11/29/2018 12:43 AM, Brian K. Lingard wrote:

Ear David Goldfield & List:

 

Thank you for the tip that a Comcast Xfinity subscriber may disable broadcast of a Public Xfinity network IDD if they wish. Suppose as long as Guests cannot access any of the subscriber’s network resources such as printers, Embossers, computers/tablets or Network Attached Storage, providing Guest connectivity is no big deal. Does the Guest User’s network traffic count against the 1 TB/month the subscriber has? Depending upon how many movies your guests like to download or copies of War & Peace, this could be an issue.

Brian K. Lingard

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf of David Goldfield
Sent: November 22, 2018 18:44
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] viewing users on wifi

 

Hi, Brian.

Customers who have Xfinity Internet are able to access WIFI in their home using their own private network with a unique SSID, just as they can with other Internet providers. The Xfinity WIFI hotspot is a public network which a Comcast customer can access from hotspots outside of their home. Yes, the router at the customer's home does broadcast a public XFinity WIFI hotspot but this is primarily designed for guests or for other Comcast subscribers who might be visiting and so the customer shouldn't need to connect to it if he/she is at their home. By the way, broadcasting of the Xfinity WIFI home hotspot can be disabled by the subscriber, if desired.

This FAQ covers these topics.

 

 

David Goldfield, Assistive Technology Specialist WWW.David-Goldfield.Com

On 11/22/2018 5:16 AM, Brian K. Lingard wrote:

Xfinity is the name of Comcast's WIFI network that is available to Comcast
Internet subscribers, either near their home, in a mall, hospital airport or
other public place. You may subscribe just to Xfinity if you want to use it,
but not have internet in your home.
Brian K. Lingard
 
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Thanks. I never heard of XFinity, don't know what that is. 
 
Best regards,
 
Carolyn 
 
 
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This feature has nothing to do with the person's account who uses the modem
for his personal use.  It allows another user to log onto the XFinity
network.  The user provides information to log into XFinity.  He uses his
own username and password.  This feature allows any user to log into XFinity
using any XFinity router in his range.  This gives him access to XFinity,
not in any way to the owner's private network.
 
Gene.  
 
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How can that happen, when we always have to put in the code to get anything
on Wi-Fi? 
 
Best regards,
 
Carolyn 
 
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It will use any XFinity router.  It connects to the WIFI but not to the
users' network.  I don't know what you would see in the devices list.
 
Gene
 
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I wonder how it works with Comcast XFinity? I use wifi all around town. When
out of range of my home wifi network XFinity will use any router that is
close by. So on my home network it is secured but on XFinity it is not. I
often use it to listen to a news program when out and about. I also often
use it when out of town using XFinity routers.
 
From: Gene <mailto:gsasner@...>
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Subject: Re: [TechTalk] viewing users on wifi
 
I just did it to refresh my memory of just how it can be done with my
router.  It's reasonably fast and efficient unless it is a measure you want
to take so often that you might want something like a utility, that might be
faster.
 
If you go to your Router's web page, then book mark it, you can get the
information quickly.  My router's home page shows the information in a table
on the home page so, once I'm on the page, if you use control home to make
sure you are at the top of the page, then type t once, you are at the
beginning of the table.  
 
And a feature you may find useful is that it doesn't just show what is
connected, it shows what has connected in the past even if its not connected
now.  So you can see if a connection has been made that is not legitimate.
I haven't looked at this to any extent, but I seem to remember there is some
way of disabling an unwanted device or connection, I'm not sure just what it
is.
 
Gene
 
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Subject: Re: [TechTalk] viewing users on wifi
 
I can see all who are connected to my router in any way by looking at
information on the web page the router displays if I use a browser to look
at the proper page.  The router web pages are standard web pages and you
likely have such web pages available as well.  There may be other faster
ways, but that's probably one way you can get the information.
 
Gene
 
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Subject: [TechTalk] viewing users on wifi
 
 
Hi,
 
Is there a program I can use to view who is all using my wifi that is jaws?
accessible?
 
Thanks
 

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