How to stop Comcast from turning my wireless router into a public WiFi hotspot?

jackson

Apparently Comcast has decided to piggyback public hotspots onto their customers’ private wireless routers. I have no desire for my router to become a zombie hotspot. Frankly, I feel like they should pay me for the privilege just like they extorted from Netflix if they want to use my house and equipment for their own purposes. Plus, won’t sharing my bandwidth come at a cost to my own upload and download speeds?

Topic: Networking
Answer this Question

Answers

2 total
MrsMith
Vote Up (3)

You can opt out, but while I understand your reaction, in some ways I don’t think there is too much to be upset about here. What I don’t like is Comcast charging customers for the hardware (and charging them dearly), then using the customer’s hardware for their own purposes. That’s more of a philosophical problem that a functional one though. One legitimate area of concern is that this is going to cause signal clutter, especially in areas of high density housing. This could cause performance degradation. There are only so many wireless channels, and these are going to be overlapping in urban environments and apartments, especially since in many Comcast markets, you have few other choices for ISP.

 

The main issue I have is that I simply don’t trust Comcast to have any concern for their customers’ interests. If they want to do this and customers don't want it or are negatively impacted, I frankly don’t expect Comcast to care one bit. 

jimlynch
Vote Up (2)

Why not buy your own router instead of using Comcast's? I don't believe they can do that if you buy your own router. I bought one years ago and I'm glad I did.

 

Amazon has a big selection of wireless routers, so you should be able to find one that will meet your needs. I'd dump Comcast's router in a heartbeat if I was still using one.

Ask a question

Join Now or Sign In to ask a question.
When not busy helping to find new treatments for cancer, IBM Watson is helping to cook up a few new dishes as well.
Facebook is testing a way to let users of its mobile app search for posts shared with them in the past.
Thanks to the cloud, the “as a service” trend is getting a little out of control
Baidu and Tencent are teaming up with a Chinese shopping mall operator in a joint venture that could steal business away from local e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.
For two years, Google has quietly been developing autonomous flying vehicles that can be used to deliver packages for disaster relief or for commerce purposes, the company revealed Thursday.
It seems like poaching drivers is par for the course in the ride-sharing industry.
IBM continues to make the case for the nascent field of cognitive computing, showing off some Watson prototypes Thursday that could help speed scientific discovery in the medical field, by scanning large volumes of literature and data far more quickly then humans can, and suggesting possible leads.
NASA migrated 65 software applications, including its flagship NASA.gov website to the cloud in 22 weeks, and the space agency is still in the midst of a massive deployment to the cloud.
Is it crazy to pay $1300 for a Chromebook? Some reflections after a year and a half of living with Google's luxurious Pixel.
After several years of Internet infrastructure investment, with increased local content generation and Internet users, Africa seems to be getting the attention of major global network operators and content distribution networks.
randomness