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How to Setup Internet After a Move

When you move to a new place, your internet is one of the first things you'll need to set up. Luckily, it's not too hard, and there are several ways in which you can do this. One way is by using cable providers like Comcast or Verizon; another way is by using wireless providers like AT&T or T-Mobile; and finally, if you have a smartphone with data service (most people), that could be an option well. All three methods will require some form of payment for services rendered, but they all come with their pros and cons, so read on to see how each technique works!


Cable Providers

Cable companies typically have the best speeds but are limited by their geographical location, meaning that you may only be able to choose between two or three providers in your area, sometimes even less! These providers will not allow for mobile hotspot options (see below), so if you do not want to be tied down to a specific location, using your phone for an internet connection may be the best option.

Wireless Providers

Wireless providers like T-Mobile and AT&T allow for mobile hotspots (also known as MiFis), which will enable you to use data from your smartphone and share it with other devices via Wi-Fi. This works very similarly to using a wireless router, which is good if you already have one. A great benefit to mobile hotspots is that they are portable, so you can connect any device you want wherever you go as long as it has Wi-Fi capabilities. Mobile hotspots typically cost $50 or more, with data plans starting at $30/month for 5 GB of data.

Using Your Phone As A Hotspot

If you have a smartphone, then you have a data service! All you need to do is connect the phone to your laptop via USB and follow the instructions on display. This is extremely helpful because it can also act as an internet connection for other devices to use. The downside to this method is that your phone will continuously use data from its allotted amount, so it's not a good idea if you have a limited plan.

Now that you know how many alternatives are available near you, it's time to get started.

Choose a Provider

You'll get several suppliers in different regions, so it is advisable to shortlist at least 2 or 3 internet providers and choose one among them. It's never too early to start comparing prices or contemplating switching internet providers. Whether you're looking for a new one or staying with your old provider, having a few alternatives to compare is always a smart idea. Availability, quality, and pricing vary from place to area, so you might be able to get a better bargain if you research and compare properly.

Inform your provider when you want to start

After choosing an internet provider, inform them about when you want to start the internet service. Don't forget to ask for the installation charges and other charges, if any, before making a final decision.

Depending on your internet service, you can also choose between different speeds, data caps, the volume of data, etc., so be sure that you won't require more than what you're getting or more than previously paid for.


Selecting equipment

After a move, you'll need the following items to get connected:


This is the device that connects your internet connection to your home. You may get a modem from your service provider or need to rent or purchase one yourself.

Internet port

You need one active internet port to connect the modem. You can check if your home already has an active or inactive internet line, but this will require you to contact your service provider. If you have more than one home phone line, then the chances are that there's an internet line as well since it's sometimes used to share the phone line with the internet service.

Router (optional)

Placing your home network behind a firewall can add a layer of security to your data. This is a separate piece of equipment that allows your computer, cell phone, tablet, and other internet-connected devices to talk to one another via your home network. It also connects the devices through your internet connection and to one another.

You can also get equipment from your service provider. If you have a computer, you don't need to buy a modem or a router separately as many companies provide them for free when you sign up with them, along with the installation costs and initial charges. However, if they're not going to help you with the setup, make sure you are clear on the terms and conditions of the deal.

Install the equipment

After getting all the required equipment, you need to connect the modem or router provided by your service provider. You can ask for help to install the equipment if you're not very familiar with this process.

Connect all the devices

Once all is installed, you can connect all your home devices, and you can now surf through your connection without any interruption. Always check whether all the equipment is working fine or not. If there are any problems with the installation, don' be afraid to ask for a refund or a replacement.

How to Transfer Internet When You Move

If you don't want to connect with a new connection, you may move your old internet connection to your new home. This is an easy and quick process; however, make sure your new home is serviceable by the internet provider you have chosen.

  • Check whether your present provider is accessible at your new address.
  • If that's the case, schedule a service call for the new location.
  • Give your provider your new address.
  • For moving, assemble your router and modem and pack them carefully
  • After installation, run a speed test in your new house to determine how fast your internet connection is.
  • Double-check to make sure that the address you gave is correct, especially if there are multiple homes on one property or if the house number has changed since you bought it.
  • Send a copy of your final bill from your present location with all charges listed to prove that you have paid up until the end of the billing cycle. You may also check our article on Utility Bills.
  • Ask for a final invoice with your new address to verify that you are no longer serviceable at your old home. This is to avoid being charged again if there's any confusion later on.
  • Transfer your plan to the new location and ask them about any fees or costs associated with this process. If, for some reason, you are unable to transfer your plan, contact your service provider and ask them what they can do for you.
  • Remember that it is best to be on the safe side and make sure everything is done correctly when moving your internet connection. You may also want to consider unsubscribing from the previous address if you think the service is no longer needed.



After following these simple steps, you should successfully move your internet connection or install a new connection without any problems. Make sure that you double-check everything and have everything in order before starting the process. If there are any issues or if something goes wrong, don't hesitate to contact your service provider for help.

Frequently asked Questions

How do I get my internet to work after moving?

To get your internet to work after moving, you need to follow these steps-

  • Notify your internet service provider that you're moving.
  • Check whether you can move your internet to your new home
  • Check for discounts or special offers.
  • Schedule an activation and installation appointment for your new home's internet service
  • Pack up your equipment properly
  • Run a speed test

Also See: How much Internet Speed do I Need?

How long does it take to get the internet set up in a new house?

It takes an average of two weeks to get internet access in a new house. If there's already a functioning broadband connection on the premises, connecting your new router is all it takes.

How do I unsubscribe from my old internet service?

You can unsubscribe by calling your ISP and requesting a disconnection. You may also need to manage the renewal process for your account and any services you signed up for.

Can I move my old internet connection with me?

Yes, you can! Follow the steps above to transfer your old internet service. You can unsubscribe from your old service if this is what you wish.

How much does connecting to the internet in a new house cost?

It will cost you around 100 to 300 dollars depending on the type of internet connection. You may also need to pay a service call fee if no current service is available at the new location. Refer to our blog on Setting up Utility Services in your new house.

Do you need a phone line for the internet?

Internet service does not require a phone line. Most cable providers connect the coaxial cable line to a specific cable modem to provide Internet access. You may also connect the cable modem to a wireless router if your computer can receive a wireless signal. If you choose to connect the cable modem directly to your computer, you need an ethernet cable.

How do I check my internet speed?

You can check your internet speed through Ookla's Speedtest website. You'll need to ensure that you are using the closest server available for accurate results.

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