Cox is an internet service provider (ISP) providing service in the 19 states of Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Virginia.
The ISP offers the Cox Panoramic Wifi that promises faster speeds and “wall-to-wall” service. That’s good news for homeowners or renters that live in a multi-story house and struggle to have a good, reliable signal when they’re far away from the router.
What is Cox Panoramic Wifi?
Cox’s Panoramic Wifi works differently from typical home internet equipment. It’s a two-in-one gateway that functions as a router and a modem. In addition, the speed and connectivity issues you may experience if you’re located in a Wi-Fi dead zone, such as a second-floor corner bedroom or the basement, may be solved. Adding the Cox Panoramic Wifi Pods can extend your reception. Best of all, pods easily plug into a nearby wall outlet to strengthen and transmit the signal you receive from your router/modem combo.
The latest 5G speeds up your internet considerably but may not be compatible with some popular devices, such as certain webcams or older smart home devices. Fortunately, the Cox Panoramic Wifi modem is a dual-band router that allows you to connect with 5G or standard broadband. When setting up your home network, you’ll find two similarly-named networks to connect to. Join either of the two. Cox typically ends the faster network with “5G” so you know which one is which.
Cox Panoramic Wifi app
Besides the Cox home gateway and pod, you can download and use the Cox Panoramic app on your smartphone for free. The app allows you to do the basics, such as viewing billing, check out your internet usage and activity, or contact support. A couple of the top features of the Panoramic Wifi mobile app are:
- Enhanced security: You can monitor your home’s network in the past 24 hours by viewing user profiles and devices that connected to your gateway. It comes in handy to find anyone who may be spying on your internet activity or figured out your network’s passcode and has been using your home internet.
- Parental control: The internet is a wide-open space overloaded with all sorts of information. Limiting your kids’ exposure to certain types of information is a healthy parental decision. Using the Cox Panaromic Wifi app, you can access the network from your phone remotely to set limits on when and how long your kids can go online, as well as block websites you don’t want your kids to access.
Who can benefit from Cox Panoramic Wifi?
The Cox Panoramic Wifi modem is a great option for gamers who want to avoid interruptions while they’re playing. The device sends out a stronger signal and is compatible with pods that can be plugged in throughout the home to strengthen the Wifi signal for higher speeds and less latency.
One of the biggest frustrations for gamers is lag time due to slow speeds or an unstable internet connection (one that tends to drop off). Cox already made progress with gamers by offering Elite Gamer service that optimizes your home internet connection to reduce the number of jitter/ping spikes and overall latency.
Other groups that benefit from Cox Panoramic Wifi
The Cox modem can provide your smart home with consistent, strong signals while powering your work-from-home residents, learners, streamers and more.
If you have a lot of guests or use your home as a short-term rental, Cox’s Panoramic Wifi gateway is enabled as a Cox Hotspot to allow you to add separate passwords for guest Wi-Fi access and control every user on your network.
How to get Cox Panoramic Wifi Gateway
You can bundle internet and Panoramic Wifi for an extra $14/mo when you pick your internet plan. You can also add it to your current plan at any time. The Panoramic Wifi Gateway cannot be purchased from Cox and is only available for the monthly rental fee.
Coverage extensions with Cox Panoramic Wifi pods
The system’s pods look like small boxes that plug into any wall outlet. They’re essentially Wi-Fi extenders that are simple to set up and use and accept the Panoramic’s signals to convert it into stronger broadband. Panoramic Pods cost $129.99 per pod, and unlike the Panoramic modem/router, they cannot be rented — they must be purchased.
Need a Cox internet plan?
The foundation of Cox’s Panoramic Gateway is the internet plan you choose. Cox internet offers four speed-based options between 100 Mbps and 1000 Mbps. The best one for your home’s use depends on how many devices you plan on using at once and your activity levels.
|Plan name||Max download speeds||Max upload speeds||Starting Price*||Allconnect score|
|Internet Essential 100||100 Mbps||5 Mbps||$49.99/mo.||2.80/5|
|Internet Preferred 250||250 Mbps||10 Mbps||$59.99/mo.||3.40/5|
|Internet Ultimate 500||500 Mbps||10 Mbps||$79.99/mo.||3.61/5|
|Gigablast||1,000 Mbps||35 Mbps||$99.99/mo.||3.83/5|
Shop Cox plans
Cox offers a variety of speed ranges for high-speed internet, discounted cable TV bundles and unlimited nationwide calling.
Cox Panoramic Wifi FAQs
In addition to the cost of your monthly Cox internet plan, the Cox Panoramic Wifi gateway will add $14/mo. to your bill.
Panoramic Wifi Advanced Security blocks unknown connections so your home network remains private and safe. In addition, it monitors your online activities and blocks or restricts questionable URLs.
The ISP provides service to 19 states and 607 areas. You can search for service in your area with your ZIP code.
Written by:Cynthia Paez Bowman
Cynthia Paez Bowman is a finance, real estate and international business journalist. Besides Bankrate.com, her work has been featured on Allconnect.com, Business Jet Traveler, MSN, CheatSheet.com, Freshome.com a… Read more
Edited by:Robin Layton
Editor, Broadband Content
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