Spectrum QoS: How To Enable Your Spectrum Router With QoS?
The world has seen a frenzy of technological development ever since the 21st Century began. Better and more efficient ways to do things have emerged. From increased internet penetration to faster speeds on your Spectrum Mobile plan, the benefits of new tech have continued to trickle down to end users like yourself. This has led to better customer experiences and improved residential internet services all over the country. QoS technology is among some of the many internet tech features that have emerged over recent years. However, it can often prove to be a very useful way to enhance internet user experiences. Read on to find out more.
What is QoS and How to Set It Up on Your Router?
Spectrum WiFi plans often come with a QoS feature that isn’t used very often. However, it can still have a significant impact on how your internet usage experience proceeds. QoS stands for Quality of Service. In broad terms, it refers to any internet tech that enhances data traffic management over a network. Inefficiently managed data traffic can often result in a disruption to internet experiences in specific ways. That includes online latency or ping, data packet loss, and even a jittery connection. QoS technology typically enhances how your router manages incoming and outgoing data, and primarily deals with:
- Bandwidth management.
- Latency issues.
- Connection jitter.
- Data packet loss.
Correctly configured QoS features can often enhance your existing internet experiences. This is especially true if you live in a household with multiple users. With users streaming instead of using your Spectrum TV package, downloading large files, and playing intense online games, you can be sure a lot of data traffic is passing through your router. Enabling QoS features may help ease some of the congestion and inefficiency. But most consumers don’t even know these features exist, let alone understand how to activate them. So, if this is the first time that you’re hearing of QoS, don’t worry. You aren’t alone. Now that you have an idea of what QoS is, here are a few simple steps to enable them on your Spectrum router or Wi-Fi gateway:
Step #1. Identify Your Network Priorities
The first thing you need to do before messing around with settings and hardware is to understand why you need QoS. In other words, you need to give careful thought to what your network priorities are. If needed, create a priority list. This will come in handy later on when you’re configuring the QoS feature rules. When done correctly, the QoS feature will act according to the priorities you add. But more on that later.
Step #2. Log-In to Your Customer Account
Once you have your priorities clearly identified, defined, and transcribed, it is now time to work on finding the QoS feature. Since it is a network change at your end of the connection, you don’t need to contact the provider to make any changes to your plan. All you need to do can be done via your Spectrum Account. The account serves as a control panel that you can access for network information, as well as when you need to change network settings. Here’s how to find your account if you don’t already know:
- Open your internet browsing application.
- Locate the default Spectrum IP on the bottom of your router.
- Look in the user manual if the IP isn’t on your router.
- Enter the IP address in the browser’s search bar.
- Enter the username and password associated with your account.
Step #3. Locate and Open QoS Settings
You’re now logged in to your Spectrum Account. It’s time for the next step, which involves figuring out where the QoS settings are located. The provider is a large, well-managed company, which means you can be sure anything a customer can need will be available on your account dashboard. However, since there are a huge number of features, settings, and resources, it may not always be easy to find what you need immediately. Here’s how to access the QoS settings page:
- Locate the “Wireless Settings” menu.
- Click on the button to edit settings.
- Find the bar labeled QoS Settings.
- It can be a subcategory under “Network Settings”
Found what you were looking for? Great! Move on to the next step.
Step #4. Find the QoS Rules Section and Add Priorities
By now, you should have located your QoS settings bar in the Wireless Settings section of your Account. It is now time to find where to configure these settings to your specifications. The QoS Rules section is where you can set up the QoS features to work with the instructions you determine. These help you to prioritize how traffic is managed and how bandwidth is filtered.
Before you start changing QoS rules, make sure you have the priority list you determined in Step #1 on hand. Select all QoS rules and then click the “Set Up QoS Rules” option to start prioritizing the network rules and traffic. This can be as simple as adding your favorite and least favorite websites. Just make sure they are ordered from high priority to low priority when you start adding them.
Step #5. Reboot Router Before Using
Once you have added all the priorities and configured them as you need, you’re just about ready to go. But before you can start getting the best QoS out of your Spectrum internet plans, there is one last step you need to take. Don’t worry though, this is the simplest of the lot. To make sure the settings and configurations are applied correctly, reboot your Wi-Fi router. Give it up to 2 minutes to cycle through the reboot completely. Then check the priority websites you listed and see the improvement in data traffic flow and bandwidth management.