In our modern age, having Internet in your home is nearly as much of a necessity as having water running to it. And whether you’re preparing to move into a new place or your first place – either across town or across the country – keeping connected to the Internet is vital, both for getting to know your new neighborhood and for having an escape from it every now and then as well. And in this post, we outline the pros, cons, and logistics of each option you have for keeping connected.
Where the Web Things Are
One of the coolest things about today’s technology is that it allows you have an Internet connection pretty much anywhere in the entire nation. Whether it’s via a cable provider, a satellite signal, your home phone wire, or new-age fiber optic lines, you can get connected to the Internet nearly anywhere you live. And when it comes to getting Internet service setup and keeping it connected, you have three courses of action:
- Transfer services with the same provider.
- Pros: Everything about your previous service plan stays the same. Literally nothing changes except for where your provider sends the signal. It’s a very painless process.
- Cons: Depending upon where you’re moving to, your current provider may not exist there, so a transfer may not be possible. Also, you may miss out on special, new customer deals.
- Logistics: All you need to do is tell your provider where you’re moving to, when you’ll be there, and to send your service to your new address so you can resume receiving the signal there instead.
- Cancel current services, move, then re-establish your services with same provider.
- Pros: This method may open you up to additional or new packages and bundles available in your new area.
- Cons: Depending upon where you’re moving to, your current provider may not exist there, so re-establishing your connection with them may not be an option. Alternately, if you cancel and re-signup, you may lose the good price you’d had earlier.
- Logistics: You’ll need to call your provider and tell them where you now live so that they can try to get you connected to the web with their technology. This could either be quick and painless or slow and difficult; it just depends upon if they’re already established in your new neighborhood.
- Cancel current services, move, then try to get your services setup with a new provider.
- Pros: Since you’re an entirely new customer, this method could open you up to a number of different service options, deals, and new-contract-signing discounts.
- Cons: This will be the most work, as you’ll be starting entirely from scratch to find, research, choose, and get setup with a service provider.
- Logistics: You’ll have to research entirely new companies in the area, as well as familiarize yourself with their new plans. This could either be quick and painless or slow and difficult; it just depends upon which providers are already established in your new neighborhood.
However, if you get in touch with one of our home utilities advisors, we’ll do all the heavy lifting for you – for FREE! We are always at the ready to help, as well as offer special, partner deals that’ll save you more money and give you more benefits.
The Remix to Technician
Now, with each of the three connection choices listed above, you have the option to self-install or to get assistance from a service technician. Let’s look at the two to figure out which is right for you.
You almost always have the option of self-installing your own internet modem and router. If you’re confident enough to decide to go the do-it-yourself route, then expect the setup process to take about 20-40 minutes to gather, physically plug in, and then digitally connect your internet equipment to the network. And don’t forget to set aside a little time for setting up your Wi-Fi network name and password, browsing preferences, etc.
Also, know that you have to activate your connection with your provider before you can actually get online and begin surfing the web. And, they may have to mail you a self-install kit – either with a rented or purchased internet modem, or you can use your own. If you are using your own, be sure to adjust the settings as instructed and to call your provider if you have any issues. Often, a simple “refresh signal” from the provider’s end will resolve many connectivity issues.
“Often, a simple “refresh signal” from the provider’s end will resolve many connectivity issues.”
Depending upon your address and particular provider, your rented connection devices and accompanying self-install kit may arrive at your home in anywhere from 1-7 business days. So, be sure you’ve planned ahead if you need internet access as soon as you’ve moved in. And once everything seems to be running smoothly, don’t forget to test the speed of your modem and router combination to make sure you’re getting all the internet speed you’re paying for.
Alternately, if you’re a little less tech savvy, you can request a service technician come out to your home and take care of connecting everything for you. (And, depending upon your internet provider, this may even be a free service visit.)
It’s commonly a 2-day wait after calling in for a technician to be able to schedule a service appointment. And, once you do, they usually give you a specific date and a 4-hour window during which they may arrive. So, be sure you’ve planned ahead if you need internet access as soon as you’ve moved in.
Now, instant activation or a “flip the switch” connection may be available to you as well – especially for buildings where the provider already has their cables or technology running through their walls. However, for new connections, or for homes that have had their internet turned off for a long time, setting up your service may require a visit from a technician to tinker with the technology outside your home to make the necessary physical connection to give you internet access inside your home. (Note: If you’re ordering satellite service for the first time, a technician almost always needs to come out to your home to install and orient the dish at the proper angle for the best signal.)
And, once the connection is running into your home properly, the technician will setup all your devices and test both the signal itself and its speed to ensure that you’re ready to have all of the internet at your fingertips.
So, before you start packing up any boxes, be sure to research your internet service provider options, how you’ll connect them, and if you’ll need some technical assistance from someone who’s hooked up these devices a few more times than you. Planning ahead will make your move so much easier, and it will mean you have internet that much sooner.