So you want to install your spectrum router by yourself? That’s fantastic!. Just follow the easy guide below and you’ll have your custom-made internet connection ready in a jiffy!. Let us know ‘Spectrum Installation Guide’.
Spectrum Installation Guide
What Will You Need?
You’ll need to assemble the following to installation guide for your Spectrum router successfully:
- This simple guide
- Your Spectrum router
- 2 Power cables
- 2 electrical outlets
- Ethernet cable
- Coax cable
- Your phone or laptop
Step 1: Start with connecting and updating your modem
- Plug one end of your coax cable into a cable outlet, and the other into your modem.
- Take the plug of your power cable and connect it to one of your electrical outlets.
- Connect the other end of your power cable to your modem.
- A light at the front of your modem would start flashing.
- You should wait about 2-5 minutes for the light to turn stable. If your modem firmware needs an update, the light could take as long as 20 minutes to become stable.
- Once the light is stable, you can go on to step 2.
Step 2: Connect your Modem to your Wi-Fi Router
- Take one end of the Ethernet cable and connect it to the modem. The other end goes into the Ethernet port at the back of your Wi-Fi router
- Connect your second power cord’s first end to the Wi-Fi router. The other end should go into your electrical outlet.
- Check the front of the router and wait for a green light to come on. Because this process can take approximately 10 minutes, you’ll have to be patient enough to see it through.
- If you don’t see a green light, you can either reboot the router by pushing the power button.
- In case the previous step didn’t work, disconnect the router for one minute then reconnect it.
Step 3: Link your device to your new network
- Check behind your router for your equipment label. Once you find it, continue with the second step.
- You’ll find important information like your default network name and password. You would also see the two different names Spectrum gave your 5GHz and 2GHz networks.
- Open the Wi-Fi settings on the device you wish to connect to and choose a bandwidth of either 2.4GHz or 5GHz (matching that of your router)
Step 4: Finally, Activate Your Modem From Your Service Provider’s Website
- On the device you just connected to the network, open any browser of your choice.
- The page will load up to show a spectrum activation page. Sign in with the username and password Spectrum gave you.
- You’ll then be shown a series of instructions to follow.
Troubleshooting Your Spectrum Installation
If you find out that you’ve done everything right but it’s not working, take a deep breath. Try not to beat up yourself- you’re not a professional after all.
Once you’ve calmed yourself, try out the following helpful tips:
- Go over the previous steps and check if the connections you made are right.
You never know if you plugged a cable into the wrong port; this is a reason why you should double-check your connection.
If that was the problem, correct the fault and start using your brand-new router.
What if it didn’t work?
Chill, we’re not done yet. There are still four more tips for you.
- Cut Out The Power
For some odd reason, the power may be the problem. So just disconnect your modem, router, and device for a few minutes before putting on the power.
- You May Have Forgotten Your Router’s Online Activation Process
You forgot, didn’t you? It’s no biggie, you were probably caught up in all those wires.
All you have to do is log on to spectrum.net/selfinstall to begin your router activation process.
- Tighten Loose Connections
Check your coaxial cable if it’s tightened enough. If you find it loose, then you, my friend, have found the culprit.
Just tighten the cable and power on your system to go online.
- Your Router May Be Starting Up In The Background
It may turn out that your router may just be updating its firmware in the background. This can take from 20 minutes to an hour so you’ll want to prepare yourself for a long wait.
If, however, an hour passes and you see no changes… It is time to summon a professional to do the job.
If you manage to get your Spectrum router to work, a big congratulations!
If you weren’t, it’s no biggie- you’re not a professional so don’t talk down on yourself. What you can do is call your service provider and lodge a complaint. They’ll send one of their pros to solve your problem.