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Totally at random I came across this today. It may be old news to some, but it's new to me. And I don't like it.

http://www.comcast.com/wifi/hotspots.html?SCRedirect=true

If you have an Xfinity modem with built in Wifi, it may be offering a free hotspot to anyone who comes along. In theory, this is great for when you have company over and don't want to hand out your password 50 times, give access to your local network, or you believe in sharing everything.

Not me. I can be a greedy prick some times.

Now, granted, people who want to use the hotspot need to already be Xfinity customers and have a special app. But that's beside the point. My pipes are mine damn it!

To disable it you can either call customer support, or follow the steps listed here: http://forums.comcast.com/t5/Home-Networking-Router-WiFi/How-to-disable-XFINITY-WiFi-hotspot-on-your-modem/td-p/2144958

Be aware that if you have to reset your Xfinity modem for any reason, you may have re-enabled the hotspot, and need to turn it off again.

Get your own internet you hipster moochers!
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My neighbor across the street has this going on and as far as I know you don't need a special app, you just log in like you would using a public wifi hotspot at the library or mcdonalds. But yes, you need a current comcast login.

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One more reason to hate comcast a little more.  lol
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Thankfully, I don't have their triple play service which includes this special modem that has the phone and wifi functionality built in.
That's Mr. Deception to you.

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I don't either, but when I had a modem problem, they upgraded it to the Xfinity modem for me. So if you ever need to replace your modem, that's the one you get.
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Ive seen Xfinity hotspots everwwhere and knew their gateway/wireless box was to blame.  This seems exploitable as hell.
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I JUST got one of the new CDVs... Just called and was like, "BRIDGE MODE!" and they actually had it done in 5 minutes! The wifi is totally disabled on the device now.

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I need to do that. I don't use the wifi built into it at all so I might as well disable it.
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Bought my modem, wont let them bill me $8 for the privilege of running their public WiFi.
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Had service cut out the other day due to late payment. I knew there was a xfinity signal around me, so I tried to log in with my tablet so I could pay the bill. It wouldn't let me and said something about needing a certain tier of performance, which was weird.
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Well...if you had your service cut i bet they disabled your log in credentials for that, right?

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That's what I figured, but what I intended to do was log on and then pay the bill. Since I'm not technically using my line I figured it might've worked.

In the end I just used my phone.
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