Most internet providers make switching your service quite simple—all you have to do is inform them where you’re moving and set up an activation, and installation date.
However, you must remain on your provider’s network in your new location in order to transfer your service. Otherwise, you’ll have to look for a new internet provider. Also, because you’re relocating, you might want to look into other possibilities that you didn’t have before, such as a cheaper or faster plan from a different provider.
We’ve put together a step-by-step guide on moving your Wi-Fi to a new location. Our recommendations can assist you in making your move as stress-free as possible.
How to transfer internet service when moving is usually the first question that comes to your mind when moving to a new neighborhood.
Look for an Internet Service Provider
Even if you’re satisfied with your current internet provider, you’ll want to shop around for a better deal in your new house. Internet availability, service quality, and pricing vary by location, and you may be able to get a better deal by going back to square one.
- Look into whether providers and plans are available at your new location.
- Choose whether to switch ISPs or transfer your current service (if applicable)
- If you want to transfer or terminate your service, contact your current provider.
- Set up your new provider’s service (if applicable)
- If you’re transferring service, carefully pack your equipment and transport it to your new house, or follow the provider’s instructions for returning it.
- Place your old or new equipment in a convenient position in your new house.
A Modem and Router are Essential
Moving already implies you’ll be faced with a slew of unforeseen costs. Bring your modem and router with you if you want to save money when you move (if you own them). If you’re renting your router and modem, check with your ISP to see if you should keep renting them. Simply unplug everything and store it in a secure box to avoid harm.
You can set up your router at your new home the same way you did before. Check that everything is connected properly, and maintain your router in a convenient location.
When it comes to your router, you should consider where you’ll put it in your new home.
Install Your Equipment
Your technician will know the optimum location to install your device(s) and should test your connection before departing with a professional installation. However, there are occasions when you’ll want to relocate your equipment after it’s been installed, in order to get the finest Wi-Fi signal across your house.
Place your router in a central spot in your home, as high as possible and away from significant obstructions like walls or other electronics, either during self-installation or while moving your equipment after a professional installation. An extra-long ethernet cable can come in helpful, allowing you to transfer the router to a better place that isn’t necessarily exactly next to the modem.
Connection of Devices
Connecting all of your devices to your new internet set-up at once will save you time later. Don’t overlook less obvious equipment such as your smart home devices and printer. That’s all there is to it! Give your service provider a call if you’re having difficulties getting your internet set up at your new house. They should be able to help you figure out what’s wrong and how to fix it.
Check The Internet Speed
Perform a test on your home network before the installer leaves once you’re online. It’s crucial to make sure you’re getting the speed you paid for. If there are any inconsistencies, have the installation evaluate the quality of your modem and router, as well as any external equipment. You’ll probably be streaming videos in no time–but home internet has a lot of moving parts, so be thorough. Perform repeated speed tests using many devices, ask questions, and test the Wi-Fi from various locations across the house.
Can You Take Your Existing Wi-Fi to Your New Home?
Yes, if your internet service provider (ISP) has coverage in your new location. Moving your Wi-Fi service to a new location, however, may incur certain charges. Professional installation expenses, transfer fees, and equipment fees are examples of these fees.
Before you move, phone your ISP to inquire about its coverage area and any expenses associated with service relocation. Get the full breakdown, as well as some ideas for avoiding internet relocation expenses, in our guide on internet relocation fees.
It’s never too early to ensure sure your internet service for your new house is set up. This doesn’t imply that you have to begin paying for services at your new location before you’ve moved in. However, you should contact your provider and develop a plan for your new home’s Wi-Fi before moving day to ensure that you have all of your ducks in order.