About Spectrum RAC2V1A User Manual
Get ready to experience the Internet’s express lane! Whether you’re checking out streaming media, downloading new software, or checking your email, the RAC2V1A router brings it all to you faster and more reliably.
The RAC2V1A router provides four Ethernet connections for use as the hub of your home/office Local Area Network (LAN). The RAC2V1A also provides 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless connectivity for enhanced mobility and versatility.
Installation is simple, and Spectrum will provide assistance to you for any special requirements.
The RAC2V1A router is a dual-band 802.11ac router that allows users to connect to the Internet through a separate modem.
The RAC2V1A router has the following features:
- Remote management capability: allows Spectrum to make changes to the router's configuration
- Convenience: supports Ethernet and 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless connections; both wired and wireless connections can be used simultaneously
- Four Gigabit Ethernet ports for connections to non-wireless devices
- A USB 3.0 host port
What's in the Box?
Make sure you have the following items before proceeding. Call Spectrum for assistance if anything is missing.
- Power Supply
- Spectrum Quick Start Guide
- Two Stickers with Wi-Fi Network Name and Password
- Ethernet Cable
- Safety Insert/License Agreement
Items You Need
Make sure you have the following items on hand before continuing:
- Router package: see What's in the Box? (page 7) for a list of items in the package.
- Ethernet Cable: In addition to the Ethernet cable provided, you may need an additional Ethernet cable if you want to connect to wired clients. This is a standard CAT5e Ethernet cable with RJ45 type connectors on both ends. You can buy Ethernet cables from any electronics retailer and many discount stores.
- Spectrum Quick Start Guide: This guide contains information about your service and how to set it up. Read this information carefully and contact Spectrum if you have any questions.
The router operates with most computers and wireless devices. The following describes requirements for each operating system; see the documentation for your system for details on enabling and configuring networking.
To use the router, you need high-speed Internet service from Spectrum.
The following hardware configuration is recommended. Computers not meeting this configuration can still work with the router, but may not be able to make maximum use of available throughput.
- CPU: P4, 3 GHz or faster.
- RAM: 1 GB or greater.
- Ethernet: Gig-E (1000Base-T).
- Wi-Fi: 802.11a, b, g, n, or ac compliant Wi-Fi equipment.
Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10. A supported Ethernet or wireless LAN connection must be available.
System 7.5 to Mac OS 9.2 (Open Transport recommended), or OS X. A supported Ethernet or wireless LAN connection must be available.
Hardware drivers, TCP/IP and DHCP must be enabled in the kernel. A supported Ethernet or wireless LAN connection must be available.
Android OS or iOS.
Installing the Router
Before you start, make sure that:
- You have all the Items You Need (page 6).
- The modem and power outlets are available nearby.
The router has one light, located on the front right corner.
The light on the front of the router indicates the operating status.
- A solid blue light indicates that the router is working normally or that it has not yet begun to boot up.
- A flashing blue light indicates that the router is booting up and trying to establish a connection to the Internet.
- A pulsing light that alternates blue and red indicates that the router is updating firmware.
- A flashing red light indicates that the router is not able to establish an Internet connection.
- A solid red light indicates that the device was not able to achieve a normal operating state.
The rear of the router has the following connectors and controls:
- Reset button: resets the router as if you power cycled the unit. Use a pointed non-metallic object to press this button and hold it for more than one second but less than five seconds. Note: If you hold the Reset button for more than five seconds, the router will be reset to the factory default settings and will restart. Do not perform a factory reset unless you expressly guided to do so by Spectrum customer service.
- WPS Button: begins associating the router with a wireless device.
- Ethernet (1 - 4): connectors for use with a computer LAN port or another Ethernet-connected device.
- Internet: connector to the Spectrum modem.
- USB: USB host connector for use with external USB devices.
- Power: connector for the power cord. Note: The LEDs beside each Ethernet (1 – 4) port and the Internet port appear green if the port is connected at 1Gbps or amber if the port is connected at 10Mbps/100Mbps. The LEDs flash while data is being transferred, or they appear solid when data is not currently being transferred.
Selecting an Installation Location
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a location to install the router:
- Is an AC outlet available nearby? For best results, the outlet should not be switched and should be close enough to the router that extension cords are not required.
- Is the modem nearby? Can you easily run cables between the router’s location and the modem?
- If you are connecting devices to the Ethernet ports, can you easily run cables between the router’s location and those devices?
- If you want to install the router on a desktop, is there enough space on either side to keep the vents clear? Blocking the vents may cause overheating.
- How close are the wireless devices? In general, the router should be located centrally within the premises, as close as possible to the location where users will want to access the wireless connection. The router wireless connection range is typically 100–200 feet (30m–65m) for 2.4 GHz signals and less for 5 GHz signals. A number of factors can affect connection range, as described below.
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