OK. So, it’s only $10 to hook up cable yourself, compared to $80 for the cable guy to install it.
After a terrible experience waiting for Ikea to deliver my bed last week, I opted for the $10 set up.
I’m not mechanically inclined, but the Comcast customer service agent I spoke with told me that it was easy and a lot of customers do it. She assured me that there was a help hotline, plus, the box comes with step-by-step instructions.
So, I pretended like I took Robotics in high school and went for it.
It’s not insanely difficult, but you do need to make sure you have all of the correct equipment.
But, before you ask Comcast to send the starter kit, make sure you know whether the apartment or home you are living in previously had Comcast. If it didn’t, you won’t be able to set up cable and Internet yourself — someone will have to come out and do that for you.
For cable TV and Internet, make sure you have these things (some from Comcast, some you will have to buy):
Set box (that large black rectangle that has a power button on it and sits underneath of your TV screen)
Remote (it’s a pain to sync to your TV, but makes being lazy so much easier)
Coax cables – You should have more than two in your box. I had four and only used one. One goes from the set box to your TV and one can be used to connect your set box to the cable outlet. My apartment already had a cable to plug into the set box.
Power cord (one side of the plug goes into the wall) — One goes from your set box to your wall. Another one, which you will have to buy, goes from your wireless router to the wall.
Cable modem (it flashes a variety of lights) — This is optional; you could rent one from Comcast and pay an extra $7 a month or you could buy one, which usually costs upwards of $100.
Wireless router (it’s a smaller rectangular box that makes your Internet work) — You need to buy this.
Ethernet cable — connects to your computer; You need to buy this.
If you have access to Internet, check out Comcast’s Self Install page for help.