*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Xfinity. All opinions are my own.
When we all went home back in March there was so much uncertainty. But, one thing was for sure: how quickly we all worked hard to adapt to the “new normal” of going to school and working from home.
While, yes, there were some hiccups along the way, there was one company who has made this transition easier for us all: Xfinity. From high speed internet, around the clock network monitoring, world class entertainment and making sure we all get some screen-free time, Xfinity is working hard to make sure their products, services and features have been helping families stay connected.
8 Ways Xfinity is Making Remote Learning & Working from Home Easier for Us All!
Be Flexible with Your Technology
Everyone is new to this, including your technology. There are going to be times programs and applications, like Zoom, experience glitches. So far, our teachers have been so understanding and patient with that.
Good thing Xfinity has been on the ball to ensure 24×7 network health! Engineers and technicians have been micromanaging network reliability and performance (including running 700K+ speed tests most days!) to continue to deliver and support the capacity we need while we are working, learning and connecting from our homes.
Does Your Home Have the WiFi Coverage and Speed You Need?
Finding out is easy with Xfinity xFi, a digital dashboard for your home WiFi network that you can control through an app! Make sure your Xfinity xFi gateway is in a central location in your home and that your cable connections are tightly fit. A loose connection can have a big impact on performance of your network.
Run an xFi speed test to get tips and tricks on how to better optimize speeds of your devices in your home. If you think you’ve found a dead zone, test other devices in that space to ensure it’s not a device issue.
Be Set For Success on Your Video Chats
Zoom is on 7:45-3:25 here in our home for school and then I use it sporadically throughout the day as well for work. Xfinity has found there to be a 212% increase in video chat use since March!
If you do have a device that doesn’t get the best connection, consider hard-wiring it or using it in the same room as your gateway. A clear, unobstructed connection to the gateway will optimize your WiFi signal. If you can, think about pausing streaming video or gaming while on important video conferences to lessen your WiFi load.
Get More Coverage in Your Home
Unfortunately, it may not be feasible for you to have your office or school set up in a central location. I know for us, where my kids are set up for school, just doesn’t have a good WiFi connection.
In this case, you’ll need Xfinity xFi Pods to extend WiFi coverage to the hard to reach areas in your house. In fact, Comcast just announced a new, second generation xFi Pod with 2X faster speeds. xFi Pod can help elevate your WiFi experience by creating a wall-to-wall mesh network that extends coverage throughout the house.
Take some time away from the computer.
With all this extra screen time, it’s important to pause your wifi and step away from the computer once in a while. Enjoy some family time! More parents are turning to Xfinity xFi’s parental controls to help manage their families screen time. Xfinity has noticed a 75% increase in the number of times parents are hitting the pause button – one of the platforms most popular parental control features – on the WiFi network since March.
I know I am one of those parents. I found the pause button to be a great tool to get the kids off of their devices and outside playing, playing a board game or watching a movie with us.
Check out Xfinity’s Educational Programming
Xfinity partnered with Common Sense Media to curate thousands of hours of free educational programming to help support remote learning for kids in grades K-12. Xfinity customers with X1 or Flex can say “education” into the Xfinity Voice Remote to access content available to them by grade.
Check out Camp Tonsafun
By the end of the day, the kids are tired and bored and looking for something fun to do. Over the summer, Xfinity opened Camp Tonsafun, a free virtual camp hosted by counselors from the NBCUniversal family.
Geared towards children ages 5-12, Camp Tonsafun featured activities for Xfinity customers and families to enjoy right at home, such as:
Learn how to Animate a Minion,
Be a Smart Ninja with American Ninja Warrior,
Bring Dinosaurs Back to Life with Jurassic World themed magic tricks,
Build a Home Obstacle Course,
Throw a Tie-Dye Party,
Learn Basketball Drills with Team USA,
And learn how to make recipes like an out-of-this-world milkshake, pancakes or a magnificent mango dessert!
While it may not be summer anymore, many of these activities are still available for customers On Demand – so it’s a great option to keep kids busy when not remote learning or when I am working from home!
To access Camp Tonsafun, just say “Summer Camp” into your Xfinity Voice Remote.
Have a Movie Night
While the last seven months have been difficult and hard, the silver lining is how much family time we have spent together. We’ve been really enjoying cuddling up on the couch and watching a movie together on Friday nights. We try to make it as close to the movie theater as we can by turning off the lights and enjoying some popcorn and candy.
We take turns on who picks the movie and Xfinity has some great options for free movies. Xfinity customers with X1 and Flex can say “Free” into their Xfinity Voice Remote to explore the on demand programming available at no additional cost!
You may have also been seeing commercials for the new streaming app, Peacock. Xfinity X1 and Flex customers can enjoy Peacock Premium included in their service at no additional cost!
“Peacock is the only free, premium ad-supported streaming service that brings together everything consumers love about television and streaming—all in one place.”
Comcast knows how important it is for all of us to stay connected during these difficult times. They rolled out of a number of commitments to help customers who are experiencing hardships through this crisis – and I wanted to share a few of them with you in case they can help your family, or someone you know:
- Eligible new customers can sign up through the end of the year to receive 60 days of free Internet Essentials service. Since 2011, this program has connected millions of low-income families to low-cost, high-speed internet at home for just $9.95 a month.
- For my Philadelphia readers: Have you heard about PHLConnectED? The City and philanthropic partners like Comcast teamed up to ensure all low-income Philly K-12 students can connect to the Internet at home – for free. To find out if you’re eligible, visit here or call 2-1-1.
- Xfinity WiFi hotspots located in business and outdoor locations, which are typically available as a benefit to Xfinity Internet customers, are also open and free to everyone – including non-Xfinity Internet customers – through the end of year.