We’ll show you what to do if your Xfinity internet or cable TV service is on the fritz.
Whether it’s a surprise September rain shower or an errant animal knocking over a cable, Xfinity service outages can happen at any time. If you’re stuck staring at a blank TV or computer screen, here’s what you’ll need to check before calling Xfinity customer service.
Is Xfinity down or is it just me?
Xfinity cable TV or internet outages typically happen when Comcast’s network goes down, but equipment problems can sometimes look like network problems.
Xfinity equipment issues
Your TV or home internet equipment might be causing service problems if they’re working at less-than-peak condition. If you’re experiencing any of these scenarios, you might be experiencing hardware problems instead of an Xfinity outage:
- Your Wi-Fi connection keeps dropping or has a weak signal
- You get a steady TV signal, but your picture looks off
- The lights on your modem, router, or TV box remain lit and aren’t flashing
In these situations, your TV or internet equipment just might need a tune-up. Check out our Xfinity troubleshooting guide for some TV and internet support tips.
Xfinity network outage issues
If your TV or internet connection is completely out, the problem is likely on Comcast’s end. Along with losing your TV or internet service, these signs point towards an Xfinity outage:
- Modem, router, or TV box have flashing error lights
- Neighborhood has severe weather conditions like a power outage
If you’re encountering these problems, reach out to Xfinity customer support to confirm if there’s an outage in your area.
How to confirm an Xfinity outage
If you’re still experiencing service problems after checking all of your Xfinity equipment cables, use the following resources to confirm that Xfinity has a service outage in your area.
Xfinity outage map
Call Xfinity customer service
Get Xfinity text notifications
Text OUT to 266278 for Xfinity outage notifications via text message. For text alerts, your phone number needs to be registered to your Xfinity account.
What to do during an Xfinity outage
There’s not much you can do during an Xfinity outage except wait for Comcast technicians to finish restoring TV or internet service. But while you’re sitting by candlelight or working through the Sunday crossword, you can still use some Xfinity services.
Use your smartphone as a hotspot
Depending on your smartphone brand and plan, you might be able to use the phone as a mobile hotspot to connect computers or tablets to the internet.
Mobile data speeds won’t be as fast as your home internet service, but they’re a workable backup during a power outage. Make sure your smartphone plan covers hotspot usage to ensure you won’t get hit with overage fees.
Watch TV shows on the Xfinity Stream app
Connect to an Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot
For fast Wi-Fi internet access, Comcast customers who aren’t on a prepaid plan can connect to a neighborhood Xfinity hotspot. Visit our Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots guide to learn more about the service and find your nearest hotspot.