The Great Internet Blocking Conspiracy – Mac Geek Gab 807

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Smiley with a tinfoil hat - Mac Geek Gab 807

Options for Apple TV Volume, Silencing CarPlay upon connect, LTE internet options, and managing the shared family calendar only scratch the surface of this episode’s content: the mailbag overflows with your tips and questions, and John and Dave do their level best to share, answer, entertain and inform! Press play to learn about all this and more; and learn five new things in the process!

Comcast Will Raise Your Price Even if You Don’t Use NBC’s Peacock

· Andrew Orr · Link

Two things will go live on April 15: Early access for NBC’s Peacock streaming service, and a price hike from Comcast.

The extra costs will not be readily evident to new customers as the rate increases mostly appear as hidden fees…For some customers, these price hikes have already taken effect as the company began the gradual squeeze in December. All totaled, subscriptions should increase by about 3.6 percent for most subscribers, whether they use Peacock or not.

To Increase Bills Comcast Broke Law 445,000 Times

· Andrew Orr · Link

A judge recently ruled that Comcast violated Washington state consumer protection law 445,000 times.

The court found that Comcast added the SPP to the accounts of 30,946 Washingtonians without their knowledge, and did not tell an additional 18,660 Washingtonians the true cost of the plan. The court ordered Comcast to refund affected consumers, and pay 12 percent interest on the restitution. The amount of restitution is unknown at this time, but is expected to be significant. The court ordered Comcast to issue the refunds within 60 days and report to the state on the specific details and amounts.

Comcast is being fined a paltry US$9 million for this. Put another zero on it, then we can talk.

Comcast Joins the Wi-Fi Mesh Market with xFi Pods

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

xFi Pods from Comcast

Comcast joined the Wi-Fi mesh market on Tuesday with the official launch of its xFi Pods. The plug-size devices extend the range of Comcast’s Xfinity broadband Wi-Fi network in your home.

Here's How Panic Solved a Download Problem and Showed Why Net Neutrality is So Important

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Panic, the company behind Transmit, Coda, and Firewatch, had a mystery on its hands: why were its app downloads so slow for a lot of users? They dug into it and found the problem was specific to Comcast customers—and they got Comcast to fix it. The story is a great example of how interdependent internet service providers and the companies providing the bandwidth pipes are. It’s also a perfect example of what an internet without Net Neutrality is like. Panic’s video explaining what happened is worth watching, and you can learn more about what happened on the company’s blog.

Solve Bufferbloat Problems with a DOCSIS 3.1 Modem

· Dave Hamilton · MGG Answers

XFINITY Gigabit DOCSIS 3.1 Speed Test with No Bufferbloat

DOCSIS 3.1 modems bring more than just possible gigabit speeds, they also bring a solution to the Bufferbloat problem. Dave Hamilton answers Phil’s question about this and explains how and why.

Comcast Launches Xfinity Mobile Wireless Service Nationwide

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Just in case you were thinking to yourself, “Hey, Comcast doesn’t have a big enough footprint in my life,” I’ve got good news for you. The media behemoth announced Friday that Xfinity Mobile is launching nationwide in the U.S. Comcast commercials ask, “It makes you wonder: shouldn’t we get our phones and internet from the same company?” Quick response: no it doesn’t and how on earth does that make sense? Anyhoo…it’s $45 per line per month for unlimited data or $12 per month per GB of data.

Comcast Launches Xfinity Mobile Wireless Service Nationwide

Christmas Morning with Your Two Favorite Geeks – Mac Geek Gab 637

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Everyone got AirPods except you? No worries, Dave and John have you covered with some AirPods alternatives. Otherwise it’s listener questions dominate the show, as usual, with topics ranging from where to store your iTunes Media, network topology, replacements for Dropbox’s missing Public folder and much more. Download today and enjoy!

Install Secure XFINITY WiFi Profile On Your New iPhone

· Dave Hamilton · How-To

Comcast provides free Wi-Fi for many its customers where available. Like most free wi-fi, though, it’s unencrypted. Wanting to allow their users to have secure connections, Comcast now offers a WPA-secured “XFINITY” network in many places. To connect you either need to know the password – something Comcast won’t tell you – or you need to install a profile on your iPhone that has the password baked in. We’ll show you how to do the latter!