Broadcaster Comcast demonstrated at CES 2017 a new whole-home networking solution that will provide customers with a simple and intuitive way to control and manage their Digital Home and devices connected to it.
The cloud-based platform allows users to easily add devices, pause device use during dinnertime, pair Wi-Fi extenders that boost signal strength, and use voice controls to see who’s on the network.
Comcast’s new Advanced Wireless Gateway is expected to become available by the end of the year, delivering up to nine gigabits per second over Wi-Fi within the home. It supports voice, home monitoring and automation applications.
Comcast’s new platform can be controlled via web, mobile app and the X1 voice remote.
Among the new smart home features is “easy monitoring.” Users can personalize devices by owner or category and monitor how frequently and for how long each device and owner are using the in-home Wi-Fi network – all viewable on one dashboard.
The Scheduler makes customized rules and schedules (i.e. – “Bobby can’t access the internet on his laptop after 8 p.m. on weeknights”), puts the whole house into “bedtime mode” where all Wi-Fi connectivity is blocked to specific devices after a certain time; or even pause all device use during dinnertime.
Comcast stresses its new service offers defense against phishing and malware by setting up automatic protections for customers and their family. This is especially helpful for devices that lack screens and cannot install individual protection software. Plus, simple and powerful parental controls can protect family members from inappropriate content.
Comcast’s new experience will be automatically enabled in the first half of 2017 for the approximately 10 million existing Xfinity Internet customers who have a compatible Xfinity Wireless Gateway. That number is expected to grow to more than 15 million by the end of the year as Comcast’s new Advanced Wireless Gateway becomes available.