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Xfinity promises to deliver a contemporary internet experience and does so with the help of its innovative xFi Gateway devices. The xFi Gateway is a modem-cum-router device that functions in more ways than one. It not only gets you wireless internet connectivity but it also takes things up a notch, bringing you voice connectivity, whole home Wi-Fi, network security, and more – for an enhanced internet experience.

In this article, we discuss some of the basics of the Xfinity xFi Gateway device; it is a simple guide on how to change the Wi-Fi channel in Xfinity xFi to make it work better with other devices in your home.

Xfinity xFi: Get to Know Your Device

The Xfinity xFi Gateway has been around for ages – which means that there have been several advancements to the hardware and software over the years. Most xFi Gateways can support dual-band Wi-Fi channels, namely, the 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz – with a few recent models supporting tri-band Wi-Fi too. Even so, let us talk about some of the most recent Xfinity Wi-Fi routers and all the features they bring to the table.

1. xFi Advanced Gateway (XB6)

The xFi Advanced Gateway (XB6) supports internet bandwidth of up to 1 gig and has a wide range. You can also enjoy the exclusive Xfinity Wi-Fi management tool including refined parental controls. The Xfinity Advanced Gateway comes with xFi Pods that work as Wi-Fi extenders for larger homes. The sleek and striking equipment design means that the Gateway device can be placed in a common area of your home for the best signal broadcasting.

Here is a quick look at all the salient features of the xFi Wi-Fi Gateway XB6. 

Model Number TG3482G & CGM4140COM
Model Name XB6
Ethernet Ports 2
Wi-Fi Channel Dual-Band (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz)
Maximum Bandwidth 1 Gbps
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) YES
Xfinity xFi Advanced Security YES
Xfinity App Support YES
Xfinity Home Compatible


2.  xFi Advanced Gateway (XB7)

The xFi Advanced Gateway model XB7 offers greater Xfinity Wi-Fi speeds than the XB6, with more ports, and a greater range. It allows the user access to the exclusive xFi Wi-Fi tools including parental controls. The advanced Gateway comes with xFi Pods for Xfinity whole home Wi-Fi, plus an interesting new color scheme (white or gray) to perfectly compliment your home décor.

Some of the important specifications offered by the xFi XB7 Gateway are:

Model Number TG4482A & CGM4331COM
Model Name XB7
Ethernet Ports 4
Wi-Fi Channel Dual-Band (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz)
Maximum Bandwidth 2.5 Gbps
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) YES
Xfinity xFi Advanced Security YES
Xfinity App Support YES
Xfinity Home Compatible


3.  xFi Advanced Gateway (XB8)

This is the latest generation of the xFi Advanced Gateway and brings you a home charged with supersonic Wi-Fi. Enjoy super-fast Xfinity internet speeds with its multi-Gig support on as many devices as you like. Trust in almost three times the bandwidth for your internet connection. The smart Advanced Security with xFi ensures that all your online activities are always kept safe.  

Here is a list of specifications that the xFi XB8 has to offer its users.

Model Number CGM4981COM
Model Name XB8
Ethernet Ports 4
Wi-Fi Channel Tri-Band (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz)
Maximum Bandwidth 2.5 Gbps
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) YES
Xfinity xFi Advanced Security YES
Xfinity App Support YES
Xfinity Home Compatible


What xFi Components Can Change Wi-Fi Channels?

The Wi-Fi connection that exists between a device and the xFi Wireless Gateway is determined by gateway settings which is usually selected as “auto”. This means that the gateway detects the best available Wi-Fi channel at any given time.  It can operate on any channel from a selection of quite a few (when connected to 2.4 GHz). For devices that support 5 GHz or 6 GHz, your Wireless Gateway can operate on more than a dozen channels. You can also manually set the Wi-Fi Gateway to use a particular channel for any connection.

Before you change the Wi-Fi channel in your Xfinity xFi, you ought to determine how the advanced Wi-Fi settings are being managed in your system by the different components in your network.

1. Xfinity Gateway XB2

 You may change the Wi-Fi channels on this Gateway device via the Xfinity App, however, there are no advanced Wi-Fi settings. Instead, you can go to the Xfinity Admin tool and choose between the different Wi-Fi channels available.


2. xFi Gateway 1st Gen (XB3)

 If you have a first-generation xFi Gateway, you can change channels on it directly from the Xfinity xFi. There is an option to manage advanced Wi-Fi settings where you will find the option to switch Wi-Fi channels from what is already available.


3. xFi Gateway (XB6, XB7, XB8)

 These Gateways have the latest updates – software that manages the advanced Wi-Fi settings automatically. This helps elevate your home internet connection since it always gives the best performance possible. You cannot access the advanced Wi-Fi settings for these Gateways; hence, it is not possible to change Wi-Fi channels from Xfinity xFi or the Admin Tool.


4. xFi Pods

 The xFi Pods only require one Wi-Fi network name and password, so they can seamlessly connect to all available devices on your network. Advanced Wi-Fi settings are not visible for the xFi pods and therefore cannot be managed from Xfinity xFi or the Admin Tool.


Change Your Wi-Fi Channel in the Xfinity xFi

For components on the Xfinity internet Wi-Fi that do support a Wi-Fi channel change, the process is fairly simple. All you have to do is follow the steps given below to change the Wi-Fi channel in xFi.

Final Words

That is basically it. Once you complete your changes your network would start operating on the xFi Wi-Fi channel of your choosing. However, it is highly recommended that you allow the automatic settings on your Wi-Fi network to continue since they optimize your network by choosing the best available Wi-Fi channel at any given time. 

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1. What is Xfinity internet speed?

Xfinity Internet has multiple speed tiers that you can choose from. Xfinity internet speed varies from 50 Mbps to 1200 Mbps in most areas, depending upon what plan you get. To determine which Xfinity offers are available in your area, call us at 1-844-207-8721.


2. What is the Xfinity xFi?

The Xfinity xFi is a Wi-Fi Gateway device that functions as both a modem and router. It delivers you the modern internet experience with its advanced settings, parental controls, enhanced range, and many more features to offer.


3. How can I get high-speed internet in my area?

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