Digging into AT&T as an Internet Service Provider (ISP)? Or, have you made up your mind to purchase the service and contemplating on what to do next? Either way, this guide will help you untangle your mind and get you going.
This one-stop guide will walk you through all the basics of the AT&T internet installation process and will also help you get your mind around self-installation, helping you decide if it is the right choice for you.
So let’s just dive into it, shall we?
Professional-Installation vs Self-Installation—What’s Better?
Once you have signed up for the power-packed AT&T internet service, you will be given the choice to either ask for professional installation service or roll up your sleeves to do it all by yourself by ordering the AT&T Self-Install kit. However, because we really want you to see it through, here are some positives and negatives of choosing either.
Can you Deal with the Nitty Gritty?
When you choose pro-install, a well-trained installation technician arrives at your doorstep to do all the work while you cozily sit on the couch sipping coffee.
On the other hand, if you decide to self-install, you must be willing to put your brain to work and troubleshoot any technical issues by using your tech-skills or contacting AT&T Customer Support.
If you aren’t too tech-savvy, it’s better to opt for pro-install so that after trying your hand at self-installation for hours, you don’t throw in the towel when you find little success.
What’s Easier on Your Pocket?
We all have a different monthly budget, don’t we? Even though the AT&T pro-install fee isn't completely over-the-top, if you are on a tight budget then choosing to self-install will be a good option to save a couple of extra bucks.
Do you have a Tight Schedule?
Living in today’s age is all about running against the clock, isn’t it? In case you live alone, have double-jobs or if your work timings are vague, then getting your hands on the AT&T self-install kit will be more feasible for you. It will allow you to install the fast and reliable AT&T Internet yourself at any time you like.
On the contrary, if you ask for professional installation you will agree to an appointed time from the provider to get your internet service fixed up.
As much as pro-install sounds convenient, you will have to adjust your schedule according to the installation-window that’s given to you. That means, if your timetable isn’t fixed, it
will be more convenient to choose to self-install.
Have You Made-up Your Mind?
It’s okay to be a little confused and nervous when you are deciding whether self-installation is right for you. However, don’t sweat, as making a choice between the two isn’t as hard as it may seem.
If you are tech-savvy and have the skills and patience to troubleshoot issues yourself, then go ahead and order the self-install kit. However, if you think it will be too much for you to handle, pro-installation is what you need to go for, to avoid all the hassle that you might face!
Chosen to Self-Install Your AT&T Internet? Here’s How You Can Get Started!
If you are a DIY enthusiast and have made up your mind to self-install your AT&T Internet, the first thing you need to do after signing up is to order an installation kit. Once ordered, AT&T will deliver the kit right at your doorstep and you can start the installation process.
Things to Do Before You Set-off
Grab your package and find the slip that’s attached to it. You will find your “service activation date” written on the slip. Once that date arrives, you can start setting-up your internet after the clock strikes at 2 pm.
Note down your AT&T Access ID and Password or the Account Number & 4-digit Passcode. You will find this information in the confirmation letter or email you must have received after your order was placed. This way you will be completely prepared to log in when the time comes.
Search around your house and find the AT&T Broadband jack.
Open the kit and ensure you have all the items mentioned in the checklist below:
AT&T Gateway—this is a 2 in 1 device that is powerfully-built to combine the high-quality AT&T modem and AT&T router into one single piece of hardware to give you seamless connectivity 24/7/365.
Learn How to Self-Install your AT&T Internet Service
Deciding to set up the AT&T internet connection all by yourself may sound like a big deal, but it’s not! If you put your thinking cap on and follow all the easy-peasy instructions that we’ll give you one-by-one, you will be done with it in no time! So, let’s start!
Complete Instructions for AT&T Self-Installation
Examine your AT&T Gateway and look for a GREEN BROADBAND PORT on it. Found it? Now, grab the GREEN DATA CABLE and plug its one end into the port that you just spotted.
Next, fix the other end of the GREEN DATA CABLE into the AT&T broadband jack that you just located in your home.
Once done, pick up the BLACK power cord and attach it to the inlet behind your AT&T Gateway and carefully connect it to a secure power outlet.
After you’ve plugged in your AT&T Gateway you need to wait patiently for about 10 minutes for it to power up.
Once the Gateway is switched on, you will be able to see that the broadband, and depending on the device you have, service lights, are SOLID GREEN.
How to Connect Your Devices to AT&T Internet
To connect your wired devices to the internet simply grab the YELLOW ETHERNET CABLE. Fix one of its ends to the Gateway, and the other to your device’s port.
Examine your Gateway and look for a YELLOW STICKER on it. It will have your password written on it. Note it down.
Once done, to set-up your AT&T in-home Wi-Fi, just log in to your PC and choose the network. Then, type in the password that you just wrote down and voila! It’s done!
How to Activate your AT&T Internet Service
Activating your AT&T internet service is as easy as it was for you to install it all by yourself. After your AT&T Gateway is turned on, you can register for the service by simply opening your web browser to automatically start the registration process.
In case the registration doesn’t start on its own, visit www.att.com/internet to get your AT&T internet service registered. It would just take a couple of minutes.
In a Nutshell
Whether you choose to self-install or go for pro-installation, once you’re done with the process, AT&T internet will give you no reason to switch to another ISP as its quality and reliability are matchless.
Even though choosing AT&T’s professional installation might require you to adjust your schedule and bound you at home for at least 4 hours, it will save you from the hassle of troubleshooting issues as all that work will be handled by the technician instead.
However, if you feel you are tech-savvy enough to understand the technical jibber-jabber, nothing’s better than saving dollars by opting for self-installation.