High-speed internet offers from Spectrum have always seemed too enticing to let go of. And once COVID hit, they became more so. Offering free 60-day internet access to K-12 households and families that included college-going students, even the ones that were not subscribed to the provider’s services, Spectrum proved to be a service they could rely on.
The provider not only offered concessions to existing Spectrum subscribers but expanded the generosity to those not subscribed to Spectrum Internet at the time. And, even made access to its massive nationwide Wi-Fi hotspot network free for the general public.
We can safely say then amidst the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the renowned internet service provider stepped up to the plate, fully realizing the scope of the contribution it could make in a time of crisis.
The past year has been a nightmare, but luckily we now have vaccines to counter the epidemic. People across the US can now get a shot for free and return to business as usual. Well, almost. It’ll take some time before we can fully return to a life without masks and sanitization stations, but we may be on our way to that now.
There’s no denying, however, that the effect of the pandemic won’t die off that early. For people who have lost jobs and are struggling to stay afloat, it’s going to remain tough for a long time. Any relief then is most welcome. Spectrum recognizes the challenges and the toll it can take on people and for this reason, it is continuing its efforts of facilitating people. How do you ask?
Thanks to the FCC’s $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, Spectrum is able to give up to a $50 discount on qualifying internet plans to struggling households. People living on tribal lands can get up to a $75 discount, which is sure to help. Previously too, FCC had a subsidy on internet plans in place, but with the situation caused by COVID they’ve come to see that is simply not enough. Thus, the discount offered has been increased.
To qualify for this subsidy, you must have income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or you must be a participant in assistance programs like Lifeline. If you have been approved to receive benefits from the free or reduced-price school breakfast or lunch program, then too can you avail yourself of the discount.
Additionally, people who have received the federal Pell grant during the current award year, undergone substantial loss in income due to job loss, and now have their 2020 total household at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers, are eligible for the discount.
This step is designed to make essential internet service affordable to low-income households especially since most public spaces and by extension of that public Wi-Fi may be inaccessible to them.
Spectrum services come with an abundance of parks, that are more like hidden gems waiting to be discovered! Here is why Spectrum Internet and TV services are the prime preference of over 29 million subscribers.
The tempting features that accompany Spectrum services, that too with great affordability, leave you little choice but to subscribe to enjoy what is on offer. COVID-19 may have forced you to stay home, but the restrictions are being lifted largely speaking. If you still haven’t been vaccinated, however, it would be best if you don’t call a technician for the installation of Spectrum internet connection and continue practicing social distancing.
However, that does not mean that you can’t switch providers and get a new Spectrum connection if you haven’t already. Installation of Spectrum’s internet connection isn’t that difficult a feat despite what most of us may tend to think.
Spectrum internet plans come with a self-install kit which is perfect for times as rife with dilemmas as the present. Once you have purchased an internet plan and you are ready to connect to Spectrum’s network, here’s how you can go about the process of self-installation:
Once you subscribe to the fast and reliable Spectrum internet service, you will be required to choose if you want to go for professional installation or install Spectrum internet yourself by ordering the Spectrum self-install kit. However, to help you decide better we have jotted down some pros and cons of choosing either.
When you opt for pro-install, a tech-savvy installation expert arrives at your doorstep to take care of all the nitty-gritty. However, if you choose to install Spectrum internet yourself you would need to figure out everything yourself and troubleshoot any technical glitches single-handedly. If you don’t have such tech skills it’s better to go for professional installation to avoid disappointments.
Even though Spectrum pro-install fee isn't exorbitant, and you can avail yourself of the offer (if available) to have it installed free of cost in case of bundled services, if your budget is tight opting for Spectrum self-install will help you save some precious dollars.
If you opt for pro-install you will be given an appointment time by the provider as to when the technician will visit set up your internet service. However, if you have availability issues choosing to install yourself will be better. Because in that case, you can install your super-fast Spectrum Internet yourself at any time you like.
If you aren’t sure about choosing to install Spectrum Internet yourself and you are contemplating the pro-install option, there are two important things you need to know:
Made up your mind to install Spectrum internet yourself? If yes, follow the detailed step-by-step guide given below?and do it like a DIY pro!
If you are a DIY enthusiast and decide to install Spectrum Internet yourself you will need to order a self-install kit first. When placing your order for Spectrum Internet just ask for a Spectrum self-install kit, and it will be delivered to your doorstep at no additional cost. In case you forget to request one at the time of order or just made up your mind to do it yourself, don’t worry! Just call the 24/7 Spectrum Customer Service to request the kit and it shall be mailed to you.
Once you have purchased an internet plan and received your self-install kit, you are ready to connect to Spectrum’s network, and here’s how you can install the Spectrum internet kit:
Connect the Gateway
Connect the Modem to the Wi-Fi Router
This section applies to those subscribers who may decide to use their own wireless router instead of making use of the WiFi capabilities of the Spectrum-provided cable modem we’ve discussed above.
Connect a Wireless Device to the Wi-Fi network
Spectrum in-home Wi-Fi gives you seamless wall-to-wall connectivity that allows you to stream and download TV shows, movies, music, and much more to your heart’s content while lazing at any spot at home.
Here’s how you can connect to your in-home Spectrum Wi-Fi network to amp up your wireless connectivity game and relish glitch-free internet on all your handy devices:
Activating Your Spectrum Internet Service
Before you can start enjoying your Spectrum Internet service, however, you must activate it by visiting spectrum.net/selfinstall. You shall be redirected to the activation page from here. If however, you are unable to access the mentioned link you can call Spectrum Customer Service for activation of service(s). If issues persist or there is a step you cannot figure out or perform or if a piece of equipment is missing, you can also visit your nearest Spectrum Service Center and a representative will guide you in person.
Equipment?Renting Vs Buying
All Spectrum internet subscribers get a modem-router combo at no additional cost. It is always better to rent equipment from your provider not only because it comes conveniently with the service, but it is 100% guaranteed to work. Moreover, since the equipment is Spectrum-approved it makes it much easier to troubleshoot or seek tech support.
On the contrary, if you decide to buy your own equipment you must make sure to get one from the list of recommended modems furnished by Spectrum to avoid any disappointments.
Enjoy Your Spectrum Service
Now you’re ready to enjoy your Spectrum internet and in-home Wi-Fi service. Feel free to binge-watch movies and shows, surf social media 24/7, video chat with loved ones or pair your PS4 gaming with Spectrum Internet for a ping-perfect gaming experience.
However, if you are a TV buff, news freak, or someone who loves to catch up with all the latest movies and TV shows, there’s nothing better than bundling up your Spectrum Internet with a fun-packed TV service from the provider. This way you are bound to get more while paying less. Alongside access to Spectrum’s ultra-fast internet, you will gain the right to all the perks that adorn the Spectrum TV service, such as the exhaustive library of Spectrum On Demand.
But that’s not all. Upon subscribing to Spectrum’s TV and internet bundle, you get to download the free Spectrum TV app too, one that allows you to watch your favorite shows and movies on the go. Just connect to the out-of-home nationwide Spectrum Wi-Fi hotspots and jazz up your boring commute via this fun-filled app!
So what are you waiting for? Pick up your phone and hone up your streaming and entertainment game by bringing home a TV and Internet Spectrum bundle!
Yes. After placing an order for Spectrum Internet you can submit a request for a Spectrum self-install kit that will be mailed to your address in a couple of working days. Once you receive the self-install kit just follow the instructions provided in the kit for a detailed step-by-step guide.
When you opt for Spectrum self-install you will be provided with a self-install kit at no additional cost by the provider that you can use to install your Spectrum Internet free of cost. Spectrum pro-installation requires you to pay a fee unless you have subscribed to a Spectrum bundle in which case the installation fee could be waived.
Here are the steps you need to follow:
Open the browser and go to spectrum.net/selfinstall from any of your internet-enabled devices such as smartphones or PC. Click on “Get Started” and follow the prompts. Once the activation is complete, you can create a username on Spectrum.net to manage your account and equipment.
Spectrum Internet subscribers get a pre-configured router for a reasonable monthly fee. However, subscribers can also purchase one on their own. Do make sure to check if it’s in the list of Spectrum approved routers compatible with your Spectrum service.
Spectrum installation takes between 1 to 3 hours to complete.
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