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Xfinity TV and Internet Equipment Guide: Order, Upgrade, & More

Our experts have done the research to find out what equipment you will (or won’t) need for Xfinity TV and internet service.

Is Xfinity equipment worth it?

In short, here’s what you need to know about Xfinity TV and internet equipment: To watch Xfinity TV in 4K, get a 4K-capable X1 box. If you’re not a resolution queen, get a standard set-top box.

For Xfinity internet, do you want someone else to handle tech support? Rent a modem/router and maybe an xFi Pod mesh Wi-Fi system from Xfinity. But, if you can be your own tech support, you’ll save money buying your own equipment (not necessarily from Xfinity).

If you’re into details, we go deeper below in our expert guide.

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Xfinity TV equipment is excellent but pricey

Xfinity’s equipment catalog isn’t limited to a single hulking cable box these days. Between its streaming devices and cable boxes with integrated streaming apps, Xfinity’s TV equipment bridges the gap between old-school cable TV customers who just want the local news and cord-cutters who jump between live TV and streaming TV shows.

Xfinity X1: $8.50/mo.

If you’re tired of hopping between your cable box and streaming device, the Xfinity X1 promises to eliminate the number of remotes in your living room. The X1 is an Xfinity cable TV box that includes a voice remote, on-demand content, and streaming apps like Netflix.

But potential Xfinity customers have to jump through several hoops to get the X1. The device, which costs $8.50 per month, requires an Xfinity TV plan, so it’s not an option for cord-cutters. Only two X1 models (the ARRIS XG1v4 and ARRIS Xi6) support 4K video, and you’ll have to call Xfinity or go to an Xfinity store to request the units.

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Some of the Xfinity X1 TV boxes you could receive when you sign up. (Image: Comcast/Xfinity)

Most customers will be able to get an X1 box, but the device’s availability can vary depending on your home address. If the X1 isn’t available in your area, you’ll only be able to get a cable box that comes with some X1 applications.

Still, there’s no reason not to snag a 4K-capable X1 with your Xfinity TV plan if you can do so. Check out our Xfinity X1 review to find out more about the cable box.

Standard Xfinity set-top box: $8.50/mo.

If you go for Xfinity’s most basic TV plan (with 10+ channels), Xfinity passes you over for the X1 treatment and offers only a high-definition cable TV box. The TV box costs $7.50 to $8.50 per month (depending on where you live), and you can add 150 hours of cloud storage for $10.00 per month.

Heads up—in some areas we noticed Xfinity’s checkout automatically added the cloud DVR storage and it’s $10.00 per month charge. Keep an eye out for this pricey assumption and be sure to unselect any services you don’t want.

Image of the Xfinity set top box used in the author's home.
The Xfinity set top box. (

Xfinity Flex

As of November 2023, Xfinity Flex is no longer available.

An Xfinity Flex streaming TV box and voice remote.
An Xfinity Flex streaming TV box and voice remote. (Image: Comcast/Xfinity)

Xfinity internet equipment is cheaper to buy than rent

Xfinity’s internet hardware helps connect your home to its internet network. But depending on your home internet needs, you might not need to pay for all of Xfinity’s equipment.

Pro tip: You don’t have to use Xfinity’s internet gear. If you want to save on rental costs, check out our wireless router, Xfinity-compatible modem, and combo router/modem guides.

xFi Gateway: $14.00/mo.

The xFi Gateway is an optional combo cable modem/Wi-Fi router that’s built to streamline your home internet setup.

The Xfinity Gateway wirelessly connects your home devices to the internet, supports Xfinity Voice, and integrates with services like the Xfinity mobile app.

The xFi Gateway’s biggest downside is its price tag—you can only rent the combo device for $14 per month, and there’s no way to buy one outright.

The rental costs might make sense if you need only short-term internet. But if you plan to stay with Xfinity for a while, you’ll save a lot of money by buying your own modem and router instead.

Visit our Xfinity xFi Gateway review to learn more about the combo device.

Xfinity xFi gateway unboxing with required cables and instructions
The Xfinity xFi Gateway and cables. (Image:

xFi Pod: $119.00–$199.00 one-time charge

If your xFi Gateway is struggling to provide reliable wireless internet throughout your house, Xfinity xFi Pods will expand the Gateway’s wireless range using a mesh Wi-Fi system to eliminate download and upload speed issues. To use the Pods, you plug them into a wall power outlet and control them with the Xfinity mobile app.

The Pods can be a decent Wi-Fi support option if you plan to stay with Xfinity for a while and have a large multi-story house that can’t be covered by one Gateway. In most cases, you won’t need a Pod if you live in a small apartment or home.

But you’ll need an xFi Gateway to use the Pods, since they don’t work with non-Xfinity Wi-Fi routers. At $119 each or $199 for two, the Pods are expensive additions to your home internet setup, although they’re comparably priced against other Wi-Fi extenders.

Image of the Xfinity xFi Pod and its packaging.
The Xfinity xFi Pod. (Image:

Plus, you don’t even need Pods to extend the Gateway’s signal, because the Gateway works with non-Xfinity extenders. The xFi Pods aren’t a bad option if you need a mesh Wi-Fi setup, but since you don’t have to stick with Xfinity hardware, prioritize finding the best deal on a mesh Wi-Fi system.

Read our full Xfinity xFi Pods review to learn more about the network extenders.

Xfinity equipment FAQ

Can you buy Xfinity equipment?

The xFi Pods are the only equipment you can buy from Xfinity, but Xfinity cable TV boxes can sometimes be found at third-party stores. Although Xfinity doesn’t officially endorse these vendors, you can buy your own cable TV box and skip rental fees if it follows Xfinity’s Customer Owned Equipment Policy.

What is the latest Xfinity cable box?

The ARRIS XG1v4 and ARRIS Xi6 are the latest Xfinity X1 cable boxes. Both models support 4K video, and they have the full X1 app library.

How much does Xfinity equipment cost?

Xfinity X1
Non-X1 cable box
xFi Gateway
xFi Pods
$8.50/mo. per receiver
$5.00–$24.95/mo., depending on specifications
$119.00 for one, $199.00 for two


What Xfinity equipment do I have?

Sign into your Xfinity account, and check the Devices tab to see what Xfinity equipment you’re currently using.

Why you should trust us

Our experts spent hours checking prices and comparing stats for Xfinity’s TV and internet devices. We regularly test and review similar products from other companies, and we consider each devices’ bang for your buck, reliability, features, and customer satisfaction. For more information on our methodology, check out our How We Rank page.

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