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The NETGEAR Orbi is one of the modern mesh routers used for enhancing your home internet with a network-rich performance. The Orbi mesh Wi-Fi gives boundless coverage and outstanding speeds from your internet service.

Fortunately, the Orbi router and Xfinity are compatible. So, if you’re looking to get one and want to know how to connect the Orbi router with an Xfinity Modem, then this guide will list the steps for it. Let’s check them out:

How to Connect Orbi Router to Xfinity Modem?

You can activate an Orbi router with an Xfinity Modem in 2 different ways:

  • Via Access Point Method
  • Via Orbi App Method

Connect Orbi Router to Xfinity Modem via Access Point Method

To begin with, you’d need to turn on the Bridge Mode on your Xfinity Modem. This option allows the modem to turn off its routing functionalities, making it available for connectivity with an external router i.e., the Orbi router, in this case.

In addition, you’ll need to change your Orbi router to Access Point (AP) mode too. Follow the steps below to accomplish these tasks:

How to Turn On Bridge Mode on Xfinity Router?

To turn on Bridge Mode on Xfinity Router, follow the steps below:

  • Connect any device (laptop/ PC, smartphone) to your Xfinity Internet.
  • Head to the Admin Tool by searching on the search bar.
  • Log into the Admin Account by entering the default credentials.
  • You’ll find Gateway in the left-hand column. Choose At a Glance in that option.


  • You’ll find Bridge Mode here.
  • Click Enable.
  • A popup will appear, prompting you before you proceed. Select OK to proceed.


  • The Bridge Mode will be activated.

Note: You won’t be able to use Bridge Mode on your Xfinity Modem if:

  • You have xFi Advanced Security.
  • You have already activated WiFi Boost Pods.

Activate Access Point (AP) Mode On Your Orbi Router

Now that you’ve activated the Bridge Mode for your Xfinity modem, it’s time to connect your Orbi router with it. Here’s how can you do it:

  • Connect the Orbi router to your Xfinity Modem using an Ethernet cable.
  • Launch the web browser on your device and visit
  • Add default login credentials given for your Orbi router (username: admin, password: password).
  • Head to Advance in the settings menu and then find Advanced Setup.
  • Find Router/ AP Mode in Advanced Setup.
  • Select the AP Mode and click Apply.

Now, your Orbi Router is active; you can check by connecting devices with it and running a speed test. In case you’re facing an issue, you can reach out to Xfinity customer service to get assistance.

Connect Orbi Router to Xfinity Modem via Orbi App

For connecting your Orbi router to the Xfinity Modem via the Orbi app, you need to:

  • Download the Orbi App. Create a new account if haven’t already.
  • When a new account is created, head to the app and select New System Set Up.
  • You’ll be required to scan a QR code given on your Orbi Router.
    Tid Bit: The setup process for an Orbi system without a built-in cable modem may differ. Hence, follow the provided instructions.
  • Set up and activate your cable service. To do this:
    • Simply connect your broadband cable (Xfinity Internet cable) to your Orbi router.
    • Plug in the power adapter to turn on your Orbi router.
    • Let the device boot up (the lights will become solid blue).
    • Return to the app once this is done.
  • Returning to the app, you’ll be asked to input details and verify your account information.
  • Click Next once the activation is completed.
  • Following this, turn on your Orbi satellite. The lights on the satellite will turn solid blue. If it’s any other color i.e., amber, place it closer to the router.
  • Once the satellite is on, reconnect to the Orbi Router WiFi and ensure that it’s connected to the Orbi satellite (from the colors).
  • Next, head to the Wi-Fi administrator dashboard to set credentials for WiFi security. You’ll use the default credentials given on the back/ bottom of the router’s box.

How to Turn Off Bridge Mode on Xfinity Router?

If you’re done using your external router and want to restore the functionality of your Xfinity Modem, then you’d need to follow the steps below:

  • Disconnect the external router from the Ethernet port.
  • Head to the Admin Tool by logging in again.
  • Head to the Bridge Mode and select Disable.
  • This will Disable the mode and will turn on the functionality of your Xfinity Modem.
  • The modem may reboot to implement new settings.

Note: You’ll need to use the Xfinity App to activate the Advanced Security option.

Summing Up

By following the methods above, you can easily connect your Orbi router with your Xfinity Modem. In addition, you now also know how enable/ disable Bridge Mode in Xfinity and use it for connecting/ disconnecting external routers for your WiFi needs. For more information, contact Xfinity customer service for assistance.


Can I connect my router with the Xfinity Modem?

Yes, you can connect your router with an Xfinity modem. However, you’ll need to see if it’s compatible with Xfinity or not. Check out the list of Xfinity-compatible modems to find out.

Does Orbi work with any modem?

Most Orbi WiFi routers work with existing gateways and modems. You can turn your Orbi router to access point mode and turn off your existing modem to enjoy Orbi’s network.

Are all routers compatible with Xfinity?

Almost all routers are compatible with Xfinity. However, if you’re using Xfinity Gigabit Internet, you’ll need to check for compatibility.

Do all NETGEAR products work with Xfinity?

Almost all NETGEAR products are compatible with Xfinity since they come with a built-in cable-modem combo with Wi-Fi 6 technology. You’ll need to check for router compatibility with Xfinity just to see if your current NETGEAR is compatible or not.

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