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Help with home network

Jedi5 1,354 August 15, 2016 at 12:50 PM
Hopefully someone might be able to find out what I'm doing or did wrong in my last setup.

I'm working with the following equipment:

Airport express
airport Extreme
Moto Surfboard Modem (not router combo)

Had some issues with my home network a weeks back.
I reset all my equipment and started over.
Something I've done before many many times over with no issues.

Created my network with a password.
Both my Extreme and Express are PW protected.
When I do a network search, I see my newly created password protected network.
I log in, all is good.

But when I do a network search, I also see an open network called Xfinity.
That's my provider.
I disconnect my router and that open network is gone.
I reconnect my router and Xfinity shows back up.
It's not a local hotspot.

I'm pretty confident the Xfinity network is mine I just don't know how.
Can I delete this network?
Can I add a PW to it?

Help?

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Is it more likely Comcast/Xfinity has a wireless access point somewhere near your house?
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That's what I thought at first also when I wanted it to be some sort of hotspot, but then why would it go away when I disconnect my router?

Plus I don't recall ever seeing the Xfinity open network in the past in my area.
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That's what I thought at first also when I wanted it to be some sort of hotspot, but then why would it go away when I disconnect my router?

Plus I don't recall ever seeing the Xfinity open network in the past in my area.
Do you own the modem or rent it through Comcast? What's the model number of the modem?
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Do you own the modem or rent it through Comcast? What's the model number of the modem?
Ya this, my thought is his "modem" has a router component that allows other xfinity users to login and browse as customers, sort of like wifi everywhere. Pretty sure it has nothing to do with OP's network.
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Do you own the modem or rent it through Comcast? What's the model number of the modem?
Not rented, I bought and own this modem.

The modem I have is the Surfboard SB6121 [surfboard.com].
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SB6121 definitely does NOT contain any wireless capability.
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If it's not on your premises, you're just seeing the free (for comcast customers) xfinity-wifi provided by one of your neighbors who does have one of their gateways.
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If it's not on your premises, you're just seeing the free (for comcast customers) xfinity-wifi provided by one of your neighbors who does have one of their gateways.
But that's exactly what I'm trying to find out.
Is this wifi mine or a neighbor who didn't put a pw on it.
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But that's exactly what I'm trying to find out.
Is this wifi mine or a neighbor who didn't put a pw on it.
It's a neighbor's. If in doubt, unplug your router and modem that network will still show up.
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But that's exactly what I'm trying to find out.
Is this wifi mine or a neighbor who didn't put a pw on it.
You didn't list any equipment to me that would present that network. Xfinity must be provided by a Comcast owned/maintained equipment that also provides wireless capability. Xfinity is open to all Comcat customers to travel around and use those hotspots. I highly suspect, unless you neglected some information, that this is a neighbors Xfinity hotspot and nothing to worry about.
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I disconnect my router and that open network is gone.I reconnect my router and Xfinity shows back up.
It's not a local hotspot.

I'm pretty confident the Xfinity network is mine I just don't know how.
Chances are it disappears because it or another neighbor's wifi changed channels after you turned yours off or something about how your computer is scanning for networks / the signal strength is causing it to disappear or a delay before it shows up again.


Something like netstumbler would give more info and let you see the MAC (nothing to do with apple) address of the xfinity network,
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When you do see Xfinity show up...how many signal bars do you see...is it 5 full bars like you are on top of it, or just barely 1 bar?

Also move around while checking the signal strength...see if you can triangulate where it is by the location of the strongest signal readings. bulb
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