Xfinity’s internet network is a hybrid of a fiber-optic backbone to carry internet signals quickly over long distances and coaxial cables to affordably carry internet directly to your home.
In some urban areas, Xfinity has built up its fiber-optic network. This allows for super-fast gig plans, including Gigabit Extra—one of the fastest gig plans on the market today.
Along with 3,000 Mbps (3 Gbps) download speeds and similarly fast upload speeds from Xfinity, Gigabit Pro also has unlimited data usage. The power! Imagine how many 4K Ultra HD movies you can stream without worrying about going over your data cap.
But Gigabit Pro comes with a two-year agreement and a whopping $299.95 per month price tag.
Since Gigabit Pro is excessive in every way, we don’t blame you if you decide to check yourself before you wreck yourself. The plain ole Gigabit plan offers a still-blazing-fast 1,200 Mbps for $79.99 per month. That’s more than $200.00 less at the very least.
But the choice is still yours. If you gotta go fast, you gotta go fast—right?
Xfinity fiber internet lets you:
Xfinity data usage and unlimited data
Xfinity internet data cap
Xfinity recently raised the data usage limits (or data caps) on its plans from 1 TB (1,024 GB) to 1.2 TB (1,229 GB). That’s plenty of data for most families to do all their browsing, Instagram scrolling, and Netflix marathoning.
Keep in mind, our day-to-day internet usage grows all the time. Say you get a new 4K TV, and you start streaming 4K videos all the time. Since 4K videos can use more than three times as much data as typical HD streaming, you might run through your data faster than you realize.
If you go overboard with your data usage, Xfinity can charge you up to $200 per month each time you do. At least Xfinity will send you some warnings once you start reaching your limits, so you don’t have to let your data usage keep you up at night.
Check out our Xfinity data cap guide to learn more about Xfinity’s data cap policies.
Xfinity internet unlimited data
To avoid data overage charges, you can sign up for unlimited data for $30 per month or—if the option is available in your area—get unlimited data with the xFi complete play for only $25 per month.
Or, if for some reason you really want the over-bloated Gigabit Extra plan (the one with 3,000 Mbps for $299.95 per month), you don’t have to worry about paying more for unlimited data—that comes included.
Xfinity internet equipment
When you sign up for an Xfinity internet plan, you’ll need some internet equipment. Xfinity will offer you an Xfinity gateway—the current model is called Xfinity xFi—and a free-of-charge streaming device called Xfinity Flex.
Xfinity gateways are modem/routers that support your phone, internet, and Wi-Fi connection. Xfinity brags about its gateway’s long list of features, but we can sum most of those up by saying the gateway is secure and it works.
There are a few interesting aspects of renting an Xfinity gateway—the current gateway Xfinity xFi has built-in parental controls, tech support, and app compatibility. The xFi also comes with Xfinity’s Advanced Security service, which protects your home network from security risks and phishing threats.
But you can save a lot more money in the long run by buying your own Xfinity-compatible modem and router. Head over to our “Best Xfinity-Compatible Modems” article for help picking out the right one for your Xfinity plan.
Xfinity xFi (Xfinity Wi-Fi)
The Xfinity xFi gateway costs $14 per month to rent. You’ll have a secure connection, and you can manage your controls from your computer or phone with the Xfinity app (available on Google Play or the Apple App Store).
The Xfinity app will help you with your internet equipment installation. You can also use it to control your Wi-Fi network name and password. You can even pause the Wi-Fi connection or set kid-friendly protections right from your phone.
If nothing else, you can use the Xfinity xFi and the app from your bed if you think your teen is using the Wi-Fi in the middle of the night (although with smartphones, the ole “hand over your phone” trick is probably best—your xFi won’t control mobile networks).
Also, if your house is bigger than 2,000 square feet, add on xFi Complete to blanket your home with that sweet Wi-Fi love. Your total xFi costs will be $25 per month, but you’ll get unlimited data and any extenders you need to get Wi-Fi throughout a large home.
How to get Xfinity Wi-Fi plans
You can get a Xfinity home Wi-Fi plan by following three easy steps:
- Choose an Xfinity internet plan
- Order Xfinity internet online or over the phone
- Add xFi to your internet plan
When you sign up for an internet-only plan, Xfinity gives you an Xfinity Flex free of charge. The Xfinity Flex is a streaming device sort of like a Roku. You can use it to watch TV with apps like Peacock, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video right on your TV. There’s even a voice remote! It’s all very convenient.
So why is the Xfinity Flex free? Er, the jury’s still out on that one.
Xfinity could be giving the Xfinity Flex out solely based on the kindness of its corporate heart. But the Xfinity Flex is still pretty new, and it’s kinda crummy—so maybe Xfinity is tapping into its customer base for free beta testing.
If you want to look this gift horse in the mouth some more (and you really should—no one wants to be saddled with caring for a cavity-ridden horse), join us over at our full Xfinity Flex review.
Xfinity Prepaid Internet is Xfinity’s no-contract and flat-rate internet package. For $15 per week or $45 per month, you’ll get a 50 Mbps internet connection and won’t have to deal with a service agreement or price increases after your first year. Check out our full Xfinity Prepaid Internet review to learn more about the service.
Xfinity customer satisfaction
Xfinity earned excellent scores as the second-best internet provider in our annual customer satisfaction survey. The provider didn’t land lower than third place in categories including value, equipment quality, and ease of installation.