Last year, with some controversy, Comcast/Xfinity started turning on a feature in their USA cable modems which enables a "public" hotspot to be broadcast from the some modem
, in parallel with the subscribers service
. I quote public because you have to be a current
Comcast subscriber to access. However, if you have access, the logon credentials are the same for every hotspot.
At this point, there are thousands of these hotspots around the US, mainly clustered in population centers, but with a smattering elsewhere, and many near popular boating
areas. The number is growing rapidly - in fact, my marina just installed a new modem
, and yep, there's now a new Comcast hotspot there.
At first blush, this system would seem to be ideally suited for mobile marine
use, at least in areas where the service
is activated. Anybody using these hotspots on their boat? How is access and performance?