Could we please get some details about the new firmware and what fixes and features it offers.
Custom DNS yet? I was going to bridge the modem today for only this reason (well and because the pods are useless).
I would not hold my breath waiting for this feature, or for Guest WiFi networks. I say this because there are specific reasons why Comcast has not incorporated these features into their firmware after all these years, and I do not think that they are likely to do so anytime soon. I would also love to be proven wrong.
Yes, and now we get the same Comcastic service from Rogers that Comcast customers have had to deal with for years. 😞
It's not like that. The XB6 was designed by Comcast to support Internet connectivity, TV, and their suite of "connected home" apps, products and service offerings. Rogers has released only a few of the services that Comcast has has already developed and has customized others under the Ignite brand name. We can ask for changes, and other features that we would like to see, but whether our requests come to fruition depends on whether Comcast can be persuaded by Rogers to make those changes and whether those changes fit into Rogers' services roadmap.
The Rogers Product Managers have said that allowing us to specify alternate DNS servers would break Parental Controls and Protected Browsing.
Comcast didn't introduce Guest WiFi networks into the XB6 because their solution for guest WiFi access is the Xfinity Home WiFi Hotspot.
At least we still have the option of enabling Bridge Mode on the XB6. Rogers is also not intentionally preventing us from running Ignite TV with our own routers and WiFi gear and they are actively working with Comcast to fix XB6 bugs that only manifest in Bridge Mode.
That said, I would still prefer to do without the fancy value-added features that require the XB6 and would much rather be using a TC4400 modem, if only Rogers would even allow us to use it.