Did you try following the steps mentioned in the Spectrum Internet self install kit manual and is it still not working? There’s a chance that you didn’t follow it properly, but I won’t blame you, user manuals can be confusing at times.
I recently subscribed to Spectrum’s Internet Gig plan and to save $30, I got a self-installation kit. Although the self-install instructions manual has all the steps, it can be confusing to read. That’s why I’ve written a proper step-by-step guide with images that’ll help you set up internet only, internet + voice, or internet + TV bundle.
Note: The steps below would work for you even if you’re using a Spectrum-provided gateway device or have your own Charter Spectrum-compatible modem.
- Getting Spectrum Self Install Kit
- What Comes in Spectrum Self Install Kit?
- How To Self Install Spectrum Internet?
- Self Installation vs Professional Installation
- Frequently Asked Questions
Getting Spectrum Self Install Kit
If you choose to do the Spectrum Internet installation by yourself, you will need a self-install kit to complete the process. You can order the kit online. Spectrum will deliver it to your home address. Otherwise, you can pick it up yourself from a Spectrum outlet after the setup outside the house is complete.
What Comes in Spectrum Self Install Kit?
The standard spectrum net self-install kit will have:
- WiFi Router
- Power cord
- Coaxial cable
- Ethernet cable
Depending on your bundle type, your self-install kit may include:
- Coaxial splitter (TV bundle)
- TV Receiver & Remote (TV bundle)
- HDMI cable (TV bundle)
- Phone cable (Voice bundle)
- Phone (Voice bundle)
- Power cord for Phone (Voice bundle)
How To Self Install Spectrum Internet?
This section will give you all the information on how to set up the spectrum modem. By the time you get to the end of the article, you will have working internet ready to power all your devices at home.
1. Connecting the Modem
Step 1: In the first step, we’ll ensure we get all the connections right. Look for an active coaxial wall outlet. If you have multiple outlets in your home, choose the one in the most central location.
Step 2: Plug one end of the coaxial cable on the outlet and the other into the modem.
Step 3: Take the power cord from the kit, and connect one end to the modem and the other to the power outlet.
Step 4: Switch the device on and wait for a few minutes until the lights turn stable. If you’ve no idea about the status lights, learn the meanings of Spectrum modem lights.
Step 5: If your spectrum setup has separate modem and router devices, you’ll have to connect a router to the modem. Take the Ethernet cable and connect the devices as shown in the picture below.
Step 6: Power up the router and wait for the red light to turn solid blue. Your Spectrum modem setup has now been completed.
2. Setting Up Spectrum Internet & Voice Bundle
Note: The following steps are applicable only for Voice bundle subscribers.
If you have opted for an Internet + Voice bundle, you’ll have a couple of steps to complete the installation. Let’s go!
Step 1: Plug in the power cord of the phone as shown below and power up the device.
Step 2: Plug in the phone jack in the voice port of the modem and the other end on the phone.
Step 3: Wait until the Voice LED lights turn stable. If you see a blinking blue light on the Spectrum modem, it means it’s trying to establish the connection. Wait till it turns solid blue.
Once the light is stable, you can proceed to the next step.
If you are using your own modem and Spectrum-compatible router, the final setup will look like this:
Have you subscribed to the Internet + TV bundle? I have written a separate guide on setting up Spectrum cable box to enjoy the TV services!
3. Spectrum Modem Activation
Step 1: Wait until the lights are stable, and connect to the Wi-Fi network Use the credential given in the router label.
Step 2: Open the browser, and go to https://activate.spectrum.net.
Step 3: Click on create a username to create a Spectrum ID. Have your account number, email ID, and phone number associated with the service.
Step 4: Once you have signed in, you will have to verify the details.
Step 5: Click Next. Go through the term and conditions Check the box and click continue.
The next screen will show the device connected to your account.
Step 6: Check the box and click on Activate.
The procedure to activate the Spectrum modem may take up to 10-20 minutes.
Once the activation is complete, you are ready to use your services.
4. Test the Connection
Spectrum offers their speed test to check the quality of your internet connection,’
Step 1: Connect your laptop or mobile to the WiFi network with the details on the label.
Open the browser and type https://spectrum,net/speedtest
Click go and you’ll be able to see the wireless bandwidth available.
4. Customize Your Network
You can log in to spectrum.net with the spectrum id created in the first step of activation.
Once you log in, go to my services. Click on Internet and Manage services. Click on the edit button and input the password of your choice and save.
If you are using your router or Spectrum mesh WiFi, login to the router admin page using 188.8.131.52 or 192.168.0.1 or the dedicated URL provided by the router’s OEM, which you can find on the label.
You can find the default login credentials in the label or the router manual. Login and change the name and password. Save the changes and log out.
Depending on the firmware, you’ll be able to prioritize devices, create parental controls and manage internet access, the advantage of using our router.
Self Installation vs Professional Installation
- With Spectrum/self install, you may have to shell out $19.99 but still lesser than the $49.99, you’ll pay for professional installation.
- You can choose to get the kit delivered to your home or collect it yourself from the store, which leaves you more freedom and control over the installation.
- With professional installation, schedule and block your time for technicians to arrive, making you vulnerable to delay.
- You are left alone to handle the issues occurring during the installation, while the professional installation comes with on-site support during the setup and activation, which could be useful for elders.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, Spectrum Self Install is not free. While the professional installation costs you $49.99, which is lesser than the most prominent service provider, Spectrum charges $19.99 as a self-installation fee.
You can order the spectrum self-installation kit online using the portal and the spectrum will mail it to your address. Alternatively, users can go to the spectrum outlets nearby and pick them up from the store.
Spectrum net self-installation and activation is a simple process. While it might look daunting for newbie users, the article gives a lot of clarity and steps to complete the process with no hassles.
Use a cable splitter to run separate coaxial inputs to your modem and TV receiver. Go to https://www.spectrum.net/selfinstall and activate the modem. Once it’s done, switch on the tv and receiver. The device will download and install the latest updates. Once the process is complete, you can use the TV services.
Your self-installation kit will have an ethernet cable. Connect one of the Ethernet cables to the LAN port in the modem. The other end of the cable goes as input to the WAN port of the Wi-Fi router.
There are two ways to activate the spectrum modem. You can choose between professional or self-installation. Once you are connected to the modem/gateway to the coaxial outlet, power up the devices. Once the LED lights are stable, visit https://www.spectrum.net/selfinstall and follow the guided process to finish the activation.
While setting up the Spectrum cable and internet box appears tedious at the outset, with a little patience and guidance, one can finish hooking up Spectrum internet in less than 30 minutes. And if you require any help during the process, Spectrum technical support is just a call away or you can comment below with your query, and I shall try to help you out! 🙂
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