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Spectrum Internet Self-Install and Professional Installation: Cost, Time, and Prerequisites to Know

When you subscribe to an internet plan, the internet service provider gives you an option either to go for self-installation or seek professional installation. As obvious professional installation is no less than a blow to your budget compared to self-installation. 

The same goes for Spectrum internet and TV service – you can go for self-installation, which requires nominal fees for activation. While Spectrum professional installation would cost you much higher. 

In our opinion, if you are good at watching and following DIY videos on YouTube, self-installation is an ideal option. However, if you are just an old-school lad enjoying the retired life on a comfortable sofa in front of a television, you can go for professional installation. 

In this post, we are going to reveal step-by-step guidelines on how to self-install Spectrum internet and TV. 

Let’s get started. 

Spectrum Self-Install Internet: Cost, Time, and Items Required

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If you have decided to go for Spectrum Self-install internet, the cost will be a $24.99 self-install activation fee. 

The time required for Spectrum self-install internet is only 30 minutes. 

For Spectrum self-install internet, you need to have a Spectrum self-install kit provided to you in-store or by mail. The kit contains:

  •  Modem
  • Two coaxial cables
  • Ethernet cable
  • Coaxial cable splitter
  • Instructions

After getting the Spectrum self-install kit, follow the steps below to self-install Spectrum internet. 

Connect Your Modem 

Spectrum self-install internet is easy to follow and can be installed within a short period. First, you need to take a coaxial cable and connect one end of the cable to the cable outlet, and the other one to the Spectrum modem. 

Power up your modem by inserting an adapter into the power outlet. Once powered on, just hold on unless the status light turns to solid blue from blinking. However, if you want to install a TV as well, you need to use a cable splitter to connect both the cable box and Spectrum modem. 

Connect Ethernet cable

Once you have connected your modem, it is now time to connect one end of the ethernet cable to the modem and the other end to your laptop/desktop. However, if you want to set up a wireless network, then connect your ethernet cable to the Spectrum-compatible router instead of a laptop/desktop. 

Activate Spectrum Modem

After setting up all your equipment, you need to activate Spectrum modem by going to activate.spectrum.net on a smartphone or laptop. Select get started and log in to your Spectrum account. Follow the instructions given to activate your modem. After activating your Spectrum internet service, you can manage your service and equipment through the My Spectrum App. 

How to Self-Install Spectrum TV

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Spectrum TV is also one of the services you should consider if you are a huge fan of watching live programming, especially sports, and news. Once you have made up your mind to subscribe to Spectrum TV, you have two options just like we saw in the case of Spectrum internet. Self-installation or professional installation. However, if you opt for Spectrum TV self-installation, you will save much of your money. 

Here’s what you will receive from Spectrum if you go for the self-install option. 

  1. Coaxial cable splitter
  2. Spectrum Cable Box 
  3. Instructions Manual
  4. HDMI Cable
  5. Power Cord 
  6. Remote with Two Batteries. 

Once you have the equipment, you can self-install Spectrum TV without any hassle. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to self-install Spectrum TV. 

Connect Spectrum Cable Box

To connect the Spectrum cable box, you need to screw one end of the cable to the outlet and the other one to the cable box. Power up your cable box using a power cord. However, if you have bundled up your Spectrum internet and TV, you need to use a cable splitter to connect both the cable box and modem to the wall. 

With an HDMI cord, you need to connect your cable box and TV. Put batteries in the remote control provided in the kit. 

Turn on Spectrum Cable Box

To turn on the Spectrum cable box, you need to press the power button on Spectrum remote. On your television set or TV remote, press the source button to select the correct input. 

Activate it Online 

To activate Spectrum TV, you need to visit activate.spectrum.net on your smartphone or laptop. 

Select “Get Started” and follow the instructions to activate Spectrum TV service. 

Spectrum Internet Professional Installation 

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If you have tried reading every manual and watching every video, but could not install Spectrum internet, there is no need to worry. You can go for Spectrum internet professional installation to get it done for you. Anything that goes wrong is their headache to deal with. However, you need to pay Spectrum internet professional installation fee of $59.99. 

Spectrum Internet Professional Installation Process and Preparation 

If you are going for Spectrum internet professional installation process, make sure to clear the area around the power outlet and cable. Make it simple and hassle-free for professionals to work and finish it as early as possible. Make sure to keep your laptop or smartphone ready so that it can be connected immediately to the network and tested. 

Here’s everything you need to know about Spectrum internet professional installation process and how to prepare yourself. 

Getting a Notification after Booking an Appointment 

After you schedule your appointment, you can select any medium for notification from Spectrum via phone, email, or text message. You can also be notified by push notification on your phone. Make sure to manage your communication preference by signing into your account. 

  1. You will receive a notification about the schedule of the appointment you selected
  2. Confirm your appointment for particular services. You will be informed by Spectrum when that is the case. 
  3. If you have selected email to get a notification, you will need to confirm the appointment via phone call. (Replying to an email is of no use)
  4. If you have not chosen a preferred method of contact, you will receive a phone call by default. 

Day Before Appointment of Spectrum Professional Installation Process

  1. You will be contacted by Spectrum before the scheduled date via your preferred communication method such as message, phone, or email.
  2. If you want to be contacted via phone call, Spectrum will make two attempts to contact you. 
  3. Once you have confirmed your appointment a day before, you will not be contacted again on appointment day to confirm again. 

Day Of Appointment of Spectrum Professional Installation Process 

  1. If you are not able to confirm your appointment the day before, you will be contacted on the day of the appointment 
  2. If required, the representative will make two attempts to confirm the appointment
  3. On the day of the appointment, an adult of age 18 with a valid government-issued ID card must be present.
  4. The whole process of Spectrum internet professional installation may take one to three hours. While the service calls will take one hour. 

Getting Prepared for Spectrum Professional Installation Service Appointment 

Once you have confirmed your appointment and the day arrives, make sure to prepare for it and keep the following important points in mind. 

  1. The fences and gates of your home must be unlocked as the technician may need to access both the inside and outside of your home. 
  2. Your pets should be protected and secured once the technician arrives at your home
  3. Before installation, let the technician know where to install the outlet. However, sometimes technicians may place the outlet in another area for better results. 
  4. All cable outlets must be accessible. While the power supply and cable must be present near each device that is to be connected
  5. The work area must be cleared of any personal belongings such as furniture and other household items. The furniture must be moved before the technician arrives and must be moved at least three feet away from the work area.
  6. Television and computer must be available in your home at the time of installation. If you want to connect additional devices, it may require another visit, which will cost you extra installation fees. 
  7. When a technician is installing Spectrum internet and TV, make sure to inform him about areas to be careful of. 
  8. Once the installation is completed, the technician will verify that all the equipment is working. You will also receive an automated call to give a rating based on your experience

Renting a Spectrum Modem and WiFi Router 

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If you look at other internet service providers, they may charge you $10-$20 per month for renting a modem. While if you subscribe to Spectrum internet, you will be getting a Spectrum modem without any charges. 

On the other hand, the same goes for a WiFi router, which may put a dent in your budget every month. But Spectrum WiFi router comes with a nominal fee of $5 per month. However, to avoid the cost, you can buy your own Spectrum Approved WiFi Router. 

Summing Up

When it comes to Spectrum internet and TV installation and activation, things might look dreary in the first instance. The installation process, booking an appointment, setting things up, and paying installation fees. But there is no need to frustrate as it is a one-time process. Once the installation has been done, you are good to go with your Spectrum internet. With starting speed of up to 300Mbps way up to 1 Gig, you can rest assured of seamless connection at all times. Moreover, the Spectrum Internet Ultra and Spectrum Internet Gig are perfect for medium to large households. Even if plenty of streamers, gamers, and smart home devices are connected simultaneously, Spectrum internet offers blazing fast speed without a doubt. 

If you want to customize or upgrade your Spectrum internet, contact Spectrum Customer Service at 855.366.7132 from Monday to Friday 8 am to 10 pm ET. 

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