It doesn’t matter whether you are searching for a new ISP and Spectrum Internet is at the center of your considerations, self-installation proves to be the most economical approach to first-time internet connection during a pandemic.
Spectrum charges a $49.99 one-time installation fee for the internet-only services. That said, you can completely save on this amount by simply considering self-installation. In this case, you’ll only be supposed to pay $9.99 to activate the service.
In this brief, we’ll walk you through the Spectrum Internet Self-installation process and compare the professional installation to self-installation to get a clear picture of what is expected. The brief will also help you determine whether you are better off with rented equipment or buying your own equipment.
Order your Self-Installation Kit
The first step is to order your self-installation kit after you’ve decided to handle the installation on your own. The kit is free, meaning that you just have to request for the kit when placing your order online or via phone. For people that have already ordered the Spectrum internet but have not purchased the self-installation kit, you can still order it. Contact Spectrum customer service and the kit will be mailed to you in a couple of days. After the kit arrives, check to ensure all the components are present and intact. If any of them is missing, call Spectrum Customer service and issue a complaint.
What to expect in the Spectrum Self-Installation Kit
The Spectrum Self-Installation kit should contain all the below components;
- A welcome guide with instructions and Terms
- Two power cables
- Coaxial cable
- Ethernet cable
- Wi-Fi router
Make sure everything is there and in good working condition. Check for any dents or cuts on the cables. You can always test each of the devices by plugging them to the power outlet. It’s better to notice there’s a missing piece or malfunctioned equipment sooner before you start the installation process.
How to self-Install your Spectrum Internet service
Now that everything is there and working, it’s time to follow the instructions and install Spectrum Internet service. Here is a comprehensive guide on Spectrum Internet self-Installation;
Connect cables to the modem and the cable outlet – Get the coax cable and connect one of its end to the cable outlet and the other on the modem.
Connect the modem to the power outlet – Pick one of the power cables and connect it to the modem. Wait for some time to make sure it works. It can take up to 5 minutes. You will see an online indicator turning solid green after everything starts working.
Connect the modem and the wireless router – It’s time to pick the Ethernet cable and connect it to the wireless router and the modem.
Connect the router to the power – Now take the other power cable and connect it to the router and the power outlet. Give the router about 10 minutes to get ready and configure. The Wi-Fi status light will turn solid green to indicate that it’s on and working.
Now connect the computers – The last step is to connect your computers to the new Spectrum Internet. The network name and the password is always printed at the back of the router or on the stickers that are included in the installation kits.
Activate the Spectrum Internet service – The process of activating the spectrum internet service is straightforward and takes a short time. After the router is hooked up, connect to the new Wi-Fi network and open a web browser. This will automatically send you to the activation page on the Spectrum internet page. If the activation process takes longer or doesn’t begin automatically, proceed to visit this site.
Can you install Spectrum internet yourself?
Yes, subscribers can either choose self-installation or professional installation. Going for Spectrum professional installation is a serious investment that some people want to evade. For that reason, you can place your order online and get the self-installation Kit. Now follow all the installation instructions as explained in this brief to install and start using Spectrum Internet.
How long does it take Spectrum to Install Internet?
The installation process is fast and straightforward. In most instances, you just need 10 minutes to install the Internet and start using it. After the installation, test the internet to determine whether it’s working normally.
Do you need a Coax cable for Wi-Fi spectrum?
Yes, but only when you are installing both Spectrum TV and Internet. In this instance, you need to attach the coax cable to the outlet and eventually attach the coax splitter to the free end of the Coaxial cable. But it’s not really necessary if you need internet-only plans from Spectrum.
Does Spectrum charge extra for Wi-Fi?
Yes, Spectrum may not charge you for the essential cable modem. But if you want Wi-Fi, you will be required to rent a spectrum Wi-Fi router at $5 per month.
Does Spectrum do free Installation?
Yes, but not for all the plans. The qualifying bundles include the Spectrum TV Silver, Spectrum Internet and Spectrum Voice. You will not pay anything extra for modems but you may have to incur costs on surcharges, taxes and fees.
Do you need a technician to Install Internet?
Yes, but not in all situations. In most cases, self-installation is easy and straightforward and you don’t need any technical knowledge for it. However, you will still have to dip into your pockets and pay for the self-installation kit as well as handle any upcoming connectivity issues on your own. Therefore, take the time to weigh both sides carefully.
In spite of all the pros of self-installation such as fewer fees and personalized installation timeline, it’s very important to ask yourself whether this is the best decision and if it will work in your best interests. Choosing self-installation means there will be little technical support from spectrum in case you encounter issues with the equipment or the installation.