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Comcast Customer Becoming Public Wi-fi Hotspots
200 thousand Comcast customers in the Seattle region are becoming public wifi hotspots and they might not know it.
It's all part of comcast's plan to expand internet availability.
Now Comcast is launching a new network of 200,000 wireless hotspots in our region - but customers may not know, their homes are the hotspot.
The new Arris wireless modems being installed by Comcast have two signals, one for home use - and one controlled by Comcast that anyone can access without the homeowner's knowledge.
When customers understand how it's used, they really like it.
Comcast say it's to expand free wifi access to neighborhoods around the country for existing Comcast customers.
But for non-customers, they have to pay - that's why some say it's money grab by Comcast on the backs of its customers who are powering and paying for their routers.
Up came an explanation from Comcast on how to log in and use their wifi network here from this house.
For non-Comcast customers, the first hour is free, it's 2.95 for the next hour, 7.95 for the day, 19.95 for the week.
Comcast says this second network is totally secure.
They are especially looked at as a temporary customer at that point so they are traceable.
Comcast says it's sent this letter letting homeowners know of the second public wireless network and that speeds aren't affected.
"We've got enough bandwidth there to be able to make sure your speeds remain the same."
In the future the Xfinity wifi hotspot solution could enable millions of hotspots across the country.
If you don't want to opt into Comcast's dream, call them. They'll disable the second network for you.
Only Comcast customers who have certain equipment will be affected.