Why are hidden networks broadcasting from my xfinity router?

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Forest Leffler asked a question: Why are hidden networks broadcasting from my xfinity router?
Asked By: Forest Leffler
Date created: Thu, Jun 24, 2021 8:44 AM
Date updated: Tue, Aug 16, 2022 9:50 PM

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6 Answers. All this means is that your computer sees a wireless broadcast that is not presenting a SSID. If you were to attempt to use it the first thing your connection wizard will ask for is the SSID which you would input. Then it would ask your for the security information like typical wireless connections.

Why does my Comcast modem say xfinitywifi?

  • If you have a Comcast Xfinity Internet connection and you’re renting your cable modem from Comcast, it’s probably hosting a public Wi-Fi network that passers-by can connect to. If you don’t like this, you can disable that “xfinitywifi” network.

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My modem is broadcasting an unwanted wifi network with a hidden SSID on the same channel as my home wifi network causing tons of interference. I'm using Wifi Analyzer on my smartphone and I can see the hidden (unnamed) network has the same MAC address as my cable modem so I know my cable modem is the source of the secondary network.

I switched from an old WI-Fi 3 Xfinity gateway to a new WI-Fi 6 Xfinity XB7 T gateway. My work laptop won’t recognize the new WiFi network but literally every other device in my house has been able to connect to it. I have been on the phone for hours with my work IT team and Xfinity today.

Well, almost all routers. Some routers don’t broadcast their SSID because the hidden network WiFi option has been turned on in the settings. This option stops the broadcasting of the network’s SSID, which effectively causes it to disappear and become invisible to all devices that connect to WiFi networks.

xFi Advanced Settings Overview. To access Advanced Settings from xFi, select Connect (from the top navigation on the xFi site or the bottom navigation on the Xfinity app, then select See Network and then Advanced Settings. 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi. Allows you to customize the mode and channel of your home network's two radio bands.

Basically when the broadcast SSID option is enabled, all wireless capable devices can see your router listed together with a bunch of other wireless networks. This option provides a convenience for you to easily connect to it by clicking on your SSID and entering the security key.

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