A new device from Comcast, dubbed Storm-Ready, combines LTE-based cellular backup and a four-hour rechargeable battery to keep broadband connectivity alive during storms. The WiFi 6-capable device doubles as a line extender when the sun is shining.
Comcast says that Storm-Ready WiFi is easy to set up and has no activation fees. It automatically integrates with the Xfinity Gateway and the Xfinity 10G Network. When the network goes down and the connectivity switches to cellular, customers get a notification and reassurance that they have not lost connectivity, Comcast said.
Storm-Ready WiFi is made of recycled materials. The casing is made from 65% post-consumer recycled plastics.
Storm-Ready WiFi costs $7 per month over a three-year period. It is available at Xfinity stores and online.
“With so much of our daily lives dependent on WiFi connectivity, we knew our customers needed a product that could help keep them connected no matter what life throws at them – even during a storm,” Emily Waldorf, Comcast Cable’s Senior Vice President for Consumer Internet Services, said in a press release.
“Storm-Ready WiFi is that solution. Not only does Storm-Ready WiFi extend coverage to deliver our best-in-class WiFi to hard-to-reach corners of the home, but it also gives customers the peace of mind that their connection at home can continue even when the power is out.”
Switching to cellular can provide some backup options for telecommunications networks. Last October Charter Communications launched the Wireless Internet Backup for Spectrum Business customers. The service, which is available throughout the service provider’s 41-state footprint, aims at small and medium-size businesses.