Frontier self-installation guide
When you order Frontier internet service, you’ll likely receive a Frontier self installation kit. The process is pretty simple when you understand the steps you need to take. We’ll walk you through a Frontier internet setup.
How to self-install your own Frontier internet
Purchase Frontier internet
Before you receive the equipment you need to complete a Frontier self installation, you’ll need to order service. DSL plans come with a free wireless router and unlimited data. Fiber plans come with significantly faster speeds of up to 5000 Mpbs. Regardless of the plan you choose, there are no contracts to worry about. Allconnect’s guide on how to purchase internet helps you navigate the process.
Once you complete your order for a Frontier internet setup, you can track your equipment using your account number or the order number and shipping ZIP code.
Setting up your Frontier compatible modem
Find your Coax cable connection for modem setup
While you wait for the equipment you need for a Frontier modem setup, you can get ready by locating the coax cable connector. It’s the spot that links internet service to your gateway to deliver connectivity to your home.
Look for a wall outlet featuring a small round connector. The coax cable, which comes in the Frontier self installation kit, will screw onto the coax outlet. Cables are typically 10 feet long, giving you some flexibility of where you can position the modem. For the strongest signal, position the device off the floor and away from obstructions.
Frontier modem setup or your own modem
Once you receive your Frontier self install package, you’ll find a gateway and the needed cables. Frontier’s equipment is a combination of modem and router in one. This means the ISP’s equipment provides both hardwired internet and wireless service from one device.
Note that Frontier allows customers to use their own compatible modems and routers. If you prefer to use your own equipment instead of renting, you can. However, you’ll need to set up home service using Frontier equipment first before you switch. There’s no loss if you do decide to switch to your own devices — Frontier provides a DSL wireless gateway for free.
The following steps will guide you through a Frontier modem setup. If at any time you’re unsure, you can contact Frontier customer service at (866) 739-4319 or refer to the ISP’s helpful videos on self installation.
DSL modem setup
- Check your service date — Frontier self-install can only be done on or after the service-ready date.
- Connect the white ethernet cable to the ethernet port on the wall and to the red ethernet port on the device.
- Connect the modem/router to the coax wall jack and to the “Cable Line” port on the back of the gateway (for TV).
- Connect the power switch to the device and plug into the electric outlet.
- Power on the device.
- Wait a few minutes until the lights become a solid blue.
- Be sure to install on or after the service-ready date.
- Connect one coax cable from the wall outlet to the side of the splitter labeled “Coax In.”
- Connect the second coax cable to one of the “Coax Out” ports on the splitter and to the port located on the back labeled “ONT Broadband” on the MoCA adapter.
- Connect the third coax cable to the remaining port on the splitter and to the “Cable Line” port on the back of the router.
- Connect the Ethernet cable to the red port labeled “RG Broadband” at the back of the MoCA adapter and to the red port of the router labeled “ONT Broadband.”
- Connect the provided USB cable to the MoCA adapter port labeled “Power” and to the router port labeled “USB.”
- Connect the white Ethernet cable to the ethernet port on the wall and to the red Ethernet port labeled “ONT” on the device.
- Connect power to the device and plug it in.
- Power it on and wait until the lights stop flashing.
Frontier router setup and connection to modem
Frontier’s equipment rolls a modem and router into one device. There is no additional equipment to set up. However, if you’d like to add your own router, you’ll need to consult the instructions for your router for how and access the Frontier router to make the changes.
Open a web browser and navigate to “http://192.168.254.254”. You’ll be asked for a user name and password. Enter the user name “admin” and the password “admin.” This will launch the router’s main status page where you can make changes to your home network.
Connect your devices to your wireless network
To connect devices to your new home network, check the label on the Frontier device for the network name and password. You’ll need both to connect. iPhone users can share a Wi-Fi password with other iOS users seamlessly. Or you can always log in to your router and change your network’s name and password to one that’s easier to remember.
Frontier activate your internet connection
Once your equipment is set up, you’ll need to complete a Frontier activate. Open a web browser and navigate to the Frontier activate page. Enter your Frontier ID, order number or phone number to log in and complete the process. It takes just a few minutes and you should be ready to go.
Use your own equipment to speed up the Frontier internet setup
Allconnect typically recommends the use of your own equipment for an enhanced experience. It’s also a great way to save money by eliminating monthly rental fees. However, Frontier provides equipment free of charge for DSL service. In addition, any issues you have with non-Frontier equipment won’t be supported by Frontier tech support. Nevertheless, you could always opt to use your own equipment. You’ll need to start with the provided device from Frontier before you upgrade to your own.
The bottom line
Frontier provides two levels of internet service — DSL or fiber. Availability depends on your service area. A Frontier self installation is fairly simple. The ISP’s equipment is bundled into one modem/router device. Best of all, Frontier does not lock customers into contracts. You can cancel service at any time if you know what steps to follow.
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Written by:Cynthia Paez Bowman
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