The latest Comcast next-generation xFi Advanced Gateway, was introduced this week, and is built on Wi-Fi 6E.
Wi-Fi 6E operates in the 6 GHz band, enabling the new gateway to offer three times the previous bandwidth and making symmetrical Gigabit service possible, Comcast said. The extended platform adds the 6 GHz band to 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band capabilities for the gateway
Comcast says that the xFi Advanced Gateway is optimized for services and applications that require low lag times, including video games, virtual reality and videoconferencing. In addition, the Wi-Fi 6E WiFi standard is compatible with Zigbee and Matter, two approaches to home automation.
In addition to the speed and latency advances, the xFi Advanced Gateway includes Wi-Fi controls, advanced security, “pods” to reach difficult to access locations and the Xfinity Flex 4K streaming device.
The rollout will start in the coming months. The platform will first be available to those subscribing to Comcast’s Gigabit Internet or xFi Complete.
“The next generation gateway underpins our commitment to providing the best whole-home Wi-Fi experience with the fastest speeds, ultimate control, advanced cybersecurity protection and broad coverage in the home,” Comcast Cable CEO Dave Watson said in a press release. “We’re also making the latest advancement in Wi-Fi available to our customers today, so their home networks are ready for all of the Wi-Fi 6E capable devices that hit the shelves in the future.”
A Comcast decision to roll out gateways based on Wi-Fi 6E is likely driven, in large part, by the cable industry’s move to DOCSIS 4.0, which offers faster speeds and other enhancements.
Joan Engebretson contributed to this report.