CenturyLink Modem Setup & Activation

Congratulations on removing your modem rental fee by owning your own modem! We can’t even tell you how proud we are that you were able to take the plunge and are now doing a self-activation. If you’re doing this for the first time, CenturyLink is one of the easier providers to work with during a self-activation as their online activation portal has been around for longer than some of the other DSL providers.

How to Set Up Your CenturyLink Modem

Setting up your CenturyLink modem is extremely easy and only takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on what services your CenturyLink internet includes. Please set aside at least 1 hour to get this completed, and ensure you have the following supplies to make the setup as easy and quick as possible!

  • CenturyLink Compatible DSL Modem
  • Modem Power Cable/Power Adapter
  • Ethernet Cable
  • DSL/VoIP Cable

How to Reset Your CenturyLink Modem

Resetting your CenturyLink modem is an important troubleshooting step that everyone should know in order to make sure your network is always running smoothly. It can help correct most common networking problems – from simply forgetting your WiFi password to more complex issues, a factory reset is an indispensable tool that can be used in almost any situation as a last ditch effort before calling CenturyLink customer service. Here’s our guide on how to reset most CenturyLink modems.

  1. Plug in your modem to the power outlet and wait at least 5 minutes for your modem to fully boot up.
  2. Locate the reset button on the back of your modem where all the ports are. Usually with Zyxel and Actiontec models, this button will be inside of a small hole outlined with red paint.
  3. Press and hold down the reset button with a pen cartridge or paperclip for 30 seconds, or until the lights on the front of your modem turn orange.
  4. Release the button after the lights turn orange and then allow 5 minutes for your modem to reset and reboot itself.
Actiontec C1000A VDSL2 Modem and Wireless N Router
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