Paying $5/month rental fee for Ignite Wifi mesh pod extenders. I asked Rogers if I could just purchase the pods instead of paying a monthly fee for each and they said they only offer them as rentals.
Is there a recommended, compatible, trouble-free, and inexpensive wifi pod that I could purchase from Amazon or CanadaComputers that would work instead?
There are other Wi-Fi solutions that you could install but they are not functional equivalents to the Ignite Wi-Fi Pod.
Comcast sells Gen 2. xFi Pods for US$120, so the C$5 rental is not out of line, and if you are an Ignite TV customer, the Ignite Gateway + Pods is the only solution that Rogers will officially support. Another advantage to the Ignite Pods is that they support seamless roaming; you can be using FaceTime on your iPhone, walk around your house, and you will get a hand-off between the gateway and pod without your connection dropping. You can't do that unless you install a Wi-Fi mesh solution, and the good ones are pricey.
How much are you looking to spend to extend your Wi-Fi? Are you prepared to forego Wi-Fi performance and seamless roaming? There are inexpensive options that you could purchase, just not very good ones.
Ok, was hoping I could just buy another Wifi Mesh Pod online for ~$80-$100 and avoid the monthly fee that can add up over multiple years. From your response, doing so has distinct disadvantages and might also be problematic...so I guess I'll just stick with the monthly rental. Thanks for your insight!