Whether you have recently moved to a new apartment or contemplating switching your internet provider, setting up an internet connection is crucial for your daily online activities. If you have finalized your research and decided on subscribing to a Spectrum internet plan, the next step is to order and install the service. Like many ISPs, Spectrum also gives you two available options for installation; professional and self-installation.
If your home is properly wired for your internet service, you can choose Spectrum’s self-installation option. It is also an ideal way to cut down extra charges. Otherwise, in case of wiring issues and other complications, professional installation is your best choice. This article will guide you through both processes so you can have an idea of what to expect in each scenario.
Spectrum Internet Self-installation Process
Self-installation is the cheapest way to set up your internet. Spectrum doesn’t charge any installation fee with this option, however, it requires you to pay an activation fee of $19.99. If you have decided to go for the Spectrum self-installation option, the next step is to order a self-install kit. Spectrum provides this kit for free and you can request it at the same time you order your Spectrum internet package. The kit comes with easy-to-follow instructions for setting up your internet.Pros:
- No installation fee
- You have the freedom to install at your preferred timeline
- Basic tech knowledge is required
- Troubleshooting issues
What’s in your Spectrum kit?
The Spectrum self-install kit includes the following equipment for setting up your internet service:
- Ethernet cable
- Coaxial cable
- Two power cables
- Self-installation instructions
Thoroughly check the kit and make sure everything is present before proceeding with the installation and setup.
How to Self-Install your Spectrum Internet Service?
Self-installation is a very simple process that doesn’t require any technical skills. You can follow these simple steps to get started:
Connect the Modem to the Cable Outlet
Use the included coaxial cable to connect the modem to the cable outlet. Connect one end of the coaxial cable to the modem and the other to the outlet.
Connect the Modem to the Power Outlet
Connect the modem to the power cable and wait for it to establish the connection. Once it is established, the online indicator will turn solid. This process can take five minutes.
Connect the Modem to the Router
Use the provided Ethernet cable to connect the modem with your Wi-Fi router. Connect one end of the cable to the yellow port on the modem and the other to the similar yellow port of the router.
Power up the Router
Connect the router to the other power cable and power it up. The Wi-Fi status light turning solid green will indicate that your router is now active and connected to the internet. This process can take ten minutes the first time.
Connect Your Devices to the Wi-Fi Router
You can now connect your devices, such as laptops, phones, computers, etc. to your Wi-Fi network. You can find the default password and username at the back of your router or on the stickers available with your installation kit.
Activate Your Spectrum Internet Service
The last step is to activate your service, and it only takes a few minutes. After setting up your router, connecting to your new Wi-Fi network, and opening a browser, you will be automatically directed to the Spectrum activation page. Otherwise, you can visit Spectrum’s self-install link.
Spectrum Internet Professional Installation
In case of any complications, you can use this option and a service technician will handle everything for $49.99. You’ll have to schedule an appointment and your preferred mode of getting reminders. Spectrum will send you a reminder to confirm the time a day before your scheduled appointment, via text, phone, or email.Pros:
- No technical knowledge required
- A technician will troubleshoot any issues with equipment
- Spectrum has a low professional installation cost compared to others
- You have to pay $49.99 for professional installation
- The appointment window requires your at-home time commitments
How to Prepare for Spectrum Pro Installation?
You can do the following things to prepare for the installation of your service:
- Identify the areas where you want your new outlets to be installed
- Clear the area for the technician
- Ensure all the devices are present at the time of installation
Which Installation Method is the Best?
It all depends on your preference and requirements. If you prefer convenience, want to save some money, and have basic technical knowledge, then you should opt for self-installation. Otherwise, you can always opt for professional installation if you cannot handle troubleshooting issues and let a technician handle everything. On a brighter note, Spectrum’s installation fee is much less compared to other providers.
Installing your Spectrum internet service is simple. You just have to choose your installation method to get started. Each process has its benefits and drawbacks, and the choice comes down to your requirements.