This post is sponsored by Xfinity.
These days, it’s common for a lot of college students to live at home. Not every student is prepared emotionally or financially for on-campus housing. Many students benefit from living at home and not adding thousands of dollars onto an already expensive college tuition bill.
We were ready to be supportive no matter what college path our daughter decided to take. However, I would be lying if I said we weren’t relieved when she enrolled in a local school and decided to live at home with us.
Knowing that a lot of her friends would be making big changes by moving out of state, into apartments or dorms, we didn’t want her to feel left out. So, we have done everything we can to make her feel some of those monumental changes here at home.
Here are my tips on making life easier for your college student to live at home:
1. Their own space
We gave our basement an overhaul. She has a living room, bedroom, and bathroom all to herself. This gives her an “apartment feel” without the burden of paying rent. We even added a door at the bottom of the stairs. She now has a lot more privacy, in-fact there are days we hardly even see her. Hello, almost empty-nest syndrome.
2. Their own bank account
Having their own bank account is an important step to adulthood. Learning to wisely use a credit and/or a debit card usually comes from experience. Why not learn that lesson while they still have the security of living at home? Our daughter buys her own clothing, most of her food and pays for her own cell phone. She also has her own savings account for school.
3. They need reliable access
College students do a lot of homework and studying, so a reliable WiFi connection is a must-have. It is just as, or even more, important as their computers and school supplies.
So far, things have been going great since she moved downstairs. She seems to be thriving with her new independence, focusing on school and working as many hours as she can, making us very proud. The only real issue we have come across is a lack of consistent WiFi. Our basement seems to struggle with receiving a steady WiFi signal, which makes it difficult for her to do her homework. In addition to being a student, our daughter also has a full-time job, so she is often writing papers or studying until the middle of the night. It’s a real inconvenience for her to be lurking around the house searching for the best WiFi signal.
Turns out that living in an older home, sometimes with plaster walls or a lot of rooms can really affect your WiFi reach and stability – I had no idea! That is exactly what we were experiencing. The basement for us is just a hard-to-reach area of our home. Thankfully, Xfinity offers a solution with their xFi Pods!
What are xFi Pods and how do they work?
xFi Pods are devices that can be paired with a compatible xFi Gateway to create a mesh WiFi network in your home. Pods help eliminate areas where WiFi coverage drops or is weak, also known as “dead spots.” They provide extended, more consistent WiFi coverage throughout your entire home.
Pods are small enough to fit into the palm of your hand. Each device plugs into an electrical outlet and works as an extension of your Gateway’s network. As devices join your WiFi network and move around your home, they will stay seamlessly connected.
How are Pods different from WiFi extenders?
Pods create a mesh WiFi network, which provides several key benefits that WiFi extenders do not, including:
• Greater range of coverage throughout the entire home.
• Simple activation and central management of your entire WiFi network using the xFi mobile app.
• An adaptive WiFi network that automatically connects your devices to the best possible access point in the home.
Please note that WiFi extenders help extend the WiFi signal further out from your Gateway; however, due to their limited range, they will not extend WiFi coverage throughout the entire home.
We installed our set of xFi Pods last month. They took only a few minutes to install using the Xfinity xFi app. I plugged one pod in our daughter’s room in the basement, one in our back bedroom and one on our second story. The pods are so small that my family didn’t even notice them. But, right away, we all noticed a real improvement to the consistency and strength of our WiFi. No more spinning while we try to stream a video, and most importantly, no more page dropping when our daughter is doing her homework downstairs in the basement.
The xFi Pods have made life a lot easier for our college student. To learn more, visit the official Xfinity website.
Experiencing problems with your WiFi? Before you call your provider take a minute to read these helpful troubleshooting tips from Xfinity.