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Cox In-Home WiFi
Last Updated: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 > Related Articles
Learn more about Cox In-Home Wi-Fi, including frequently asked questions.
A wireless network is a group of devices, such as computers, game systems, and e-readers, that are connected to each other and to the Internet without cables, also called WiFi. Wireless network users can exchange documents and data with each other, print to the same printers, and share hardware that is connected to the network.
Cox In-Home WiFi allows you to:
- Share your Internet Connection - Multiple users in your household can access the Internet at once and share photos, music, or important files.
- Connect Anywhere in the Home, Wirelessly - Break free from the wires, and connect wirelessly while on the couch, by the pool or almost anywhere in your home.
- Save Money - Pay for only one Internet connection.
Cox offers free telephone-based support for customers who rent a WiFi Modem or WiFi Internet & Telephone Modem, by calling 877-891-2899 and includes the following:
- Connection of up to five common entertainment / communication Wi-Fi® enabled devices such as smartphones, tablets, e-readers, gaming consoles to the network.
- Assistance with management of rental WiFi modems and WiFi Internet & Phone Modems.
- Assist with SSID / password issues.
- Ongoing troubleshooting for wireless network and eligible connected Wi-Fi devices.
The following devices are not supported:
- Range extenders
- Wearables, such as Google Glasses
- Network attached storage devices
- Streaming devices, such as Roku
Common Terms and Definitions
- In-Home WiFi - Allows users to share their Cox High Speed Internet connection between multiple devices.
- WiFi Modem - A device that functions as both a modem and a router. The device provides a connection to the Internet through a cable that also transmits a WiFi signal. The WiFi signal allows WiFi connected devices ability to access the internet through the modem.
- WiFi Internet & Telephone Modem - A combination Telephone and WiFi modem.
- Signal Range - The area in which a wireless-capable device can pick up the wireless signal and connect to the wireless network.
- Network Name (SSID) – The name of a wireless network.
- Network Password (Key) – The password used to connect to a wireless network.
DOCSIS 3.0 is the very latest Data Over Cable Systems Interface Specification (DOCSIS), and includes many new, advanced performance-enhancing features that are not available on DOCSIS 1.0, 1.1, or 2.0 devices. See Cox's Compatible Cable Modems list.
A wired ethernet connection always provides the fastest speeds. While a wireless (Wi-Fi) connection is sometimes more convenient, it can be subject to varying speeds due to a variety of factors, including:
- Your Wi-Fi client’s, such as computer, tablet, printer, mobile device, Smart TV, distance from the router / gateway.
- Obstacles between your Wi-Fi client and router / gateway.
- Your Wi-Fi network’s security type.
- Your Wi-Fi client equipment type (802.11n / 802.11g / 802.11n).
- The number of simultaneously connected Wi-Fi clients.
- Normal Wi-Fi interference from other wireless networks or non-Wi-Fi wireless devices in the area.
The most common Wi-Fi specification in use today is 802.11n, which can operate in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz RF spectrums. Some Wi-Fi client devices may only use one, with 2.4GHz single band devices being the most common.
It is very important to make sure to operate your router or gateway in the RF spectrum that is compatible with your Wi-Fi client devices (2.4GHz or 5GHz).
- If you have 802.11g or 802.11b client devices, you will want to make sure to use 2.4GHz.
- If you have dual band 802.11n client devices, then you may choose either SSID (2.4GHz or 5GHz) from your dual band router or gateway.
- If you only have a single band router or gateway, then you will need to use the 2.4GHz band.
It is also important to understand that older legacy Wi-Fi client devices using 802.11g or 802.11b can in fact slow down the wireless network for everybody. When possible, try to only use 802.11n client devices to optimize your wireless network’s performance.
Today, the only IEEE and Wi-Fi Alliance approved Wi-Fi security method is WPA2-PSK (AES) security, and it is the security encryption method that provides the best performance on your network. Some very old Wi-Fi client devices may not support this method, so be aware if you must choose older security methods like WEP or WPA-PSK (TKIP) your wireless network’s performance may be degraded.
If you are having difficulty connecting wirelessly to your router in some instances or only getting a low Mbps wireless link to your client, it might be best to move your router or gateway to a more centralized and elevated area, or consider installing a wireless repeater or range extender to provide additional coverage in “edge” areas.
Cox recommends the following distances between household appliances and your In-Home WiFi device:
- Microwave ovens - approximately 40 feet
- Baby monitors - approximately 20 - 40 feet
- Cordless phones - approximately 20 - 30 feet
- Bluetooth® devices - approximately 20 feet
All WiFi equipment purchased from Cox have the following warranties:
- One year for standalone routers.
- One year for WiFi modems purchased before to April 1, 2013.
- Two years for WiFi modem purchased on or after April 1, 2013.
If the equipment fails during this time, Cox will replace the defective unit free of charge.