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Support XFINITY Internet The Different Wireless Gateways for Your Home Network

Introduction

Comcast offers two wireless gateways: the Wireless Gateway 1 (model numbers TG852G, TG862G, SMCD3GNV and TC8305C) and the Wireless Gateway 2 (model number DPC3939).

The Wireless Gateway 1 - front of device        The Wireless Gateway 2 - front of device
Wireless Gateway 1    Wireless Gateway 2

Wireless Gateway 1 vs. Wireless Gateway 2

The following table compares the Wireless Gateway 1 and the Wireless Gateway 2.

Product Features 
Wireless Gateway 1

(Model Numbers: TG852G, TG862G, SMCD3GNV, TC8305C)
Wireless Gateway 2

(Model Number: DPC3939)
Four Gigabit Ethernet Ports Yes Yes
Wi-Fi 2.4 Ghz Yes Yes
Wi-Fi 5 GHz No Yes
WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) Yes Yes
Gateway & Network Management Tool Yes Yes
Two Telephone Ports Yes Yes
(separate Alarm Port)
Battery Backup Capability (XFINITY Voice Only) Yes  Yes
MoCA* No Yes
CAT-iq 2.0** (future capability)  No  Yes
File Sharing (future capability)  No  Yes
DLNA Media Server*** (future capability)  No  Yes
Wi-Fi Range Extender (future capability)  No  Yes

*MoCA: Multimedia over Coax Alliance. MoCA is a universal standard for home networking over the in-home coaxial cable. MoCA can be used to extend the Wi-Fi range of the Wireless Gateway 2, using a Wireless Ethernet Coax Bridge (WECB).

**CAT-iq 2.0: Cordless Advanced Technology. CAT-iq 2.0 is a digital communication standard, used primarily for cordless phone systems. CAT-iq 2.0 handsets can be paired with the Wireless Gateway 2.

***DLNA Media Server: Digital Living Network Alliance. DLNA is a standard that allows communication and content sharing between DLNA-compatible devices (regardless of manufacturer brand). A DLNA Media Server, such as the Wireless Gateway 2, stores content on an external storage device and shares it with compatible network devices.

Dual-Band Wi-Fi

In addition to all the features of the Wireless Gateway 1, the Wireless Gateway 2 offers dual-band Wi-Fi. Dual-band Wi-Fi provides simultaneous Wi-Fi to network devices using both wireless radio bands (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz). Older devices can connect to 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, while newer devices will enjoy the higher throughput of the 5 GHz band.

Benefits of Dual-Band Wi-Fi

  • Enjoy the greater reach enabled by the new high power Wi-Fi designs for the Wireless Gateway 2: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios.
  • Connect laptops, tablets and other newer devices with higher maximum throughput (200-plus Mbps) using 5 GHz. To learn more about Wi-Fi, see What is Wi-Fi? Common 5 GHz band devices include:
    • Smartphones – iPhone 5, Samsung S3, S4, Samsung Epic
    • Tablets - iPad 2, 3, 4 and Mini, Kindle Fire HD (7 in and 8.9), Samsung Galaxy 10.1, Google Nexus 10, Microsoft Surface RT
    • Laptops - MacBook Air, MacBook Pro (A1278), Dell Latitude E5430, E5500, E5420
  • Experience less interference than 2.4 GHz band with more Wi-Fi channels using the 5 GHz radio.
  • Continue to use older devices that only support 2.4 GHz.

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