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How to purchase and set up internet

AJ Dellinger

Sep 6, 2021 — 4 min read

Moving? You can sign up for your new internet service either online or the phone.

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Whether you’re moving into a new home or simply changing internet service providers (ISPs) at your current residence, getting internet set up quickly and efficiently is important in a time when the ability to work and learn from home is critical. Learn how to get internet and how to get Wi-Fi installation at home.

How to order Wi-fi

First, you’ll want to compare providers to see what is available in your area and what will work best for you. Once you settle on your service provider, there are a number of ways that you can go about purchasing internet installation. 

You can purchase your internet service online, via phone call, or in person. Not all of these options are made equal because ISPs often offer different deals based on how you buy internet. Here is how to buy internet and what to expect depending on which route you choose to take.

Advantages of buying internet online 

Purchasing internet service online is the most popular choice for most people. It is easy to compare providers and plans that are available to you, select which one is best for you based on internet speed and price, and start the set-up process. Most ISPs also offer exclusive pricing for online shoppers, so you are likely to find deals that will save you money compared to the alternative buying methods. 

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While buying internet service online is the easiest option, some service providers will still require you to confirm your purchase over the phone. You also must have an internet connection available to you in order to purchase service this way, which can be limiting if you currently don’t have an ISP.

Advantages of buying internet over the phone

Making a purchase over the phone might feel a bit old school to you at this point, but it’s still a common method for getting your internet hooked up. Just about every provider offers the ability to sign up over the phone, so it is a readily accessible option no matter what carrier you choose. You can also have a customer service provider offer you information about internet plans and deals that may be available to you. 

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Purchasing internet service over the phone is convenient, but providers may have limited hours when their phones are being operated so keep this in mind before calling.

Advantages of buying internet in person

In big cities, you might notice storefronts with the names of ISPs. You can walk right in and speak with someone directly in order to buy Wi-Fi for your home. This is convenient if you prefer personalized service and the ability to ask questions directly to someone who is taking care of you face-to-face. It is also a good option if you want to self-install your internet connection. You may be able to get the router, modem and other equipment from the store and do the setup at home on your own.

Brick and mortar stores for ISPs aren’t super common, so this is not an option that is available for most people. You also likely won’t be able to get online-exclusive savings when purchasing in person.

How to set up internet

When setting up your internet connection you often have the option to have a provider technician come to do a professional setup, or use a self-installation kit. If you choose to have a professional setup that might be the easier option but make sure to budget extra time from the service appointment time they give you. Once your service is set up, be sure to check everything is working properly before the technician leaves. If you do a self-installation kit be sure to follow the directions that come with the guides for how to hook up your internet connection and follow along to YouTube channels or instructions provided by the provider online.

The bottom line

Setting up the internet at home all starts by buying your internet service. To make sure that you get what you need, you’ll want to compare plans and service providers, then decide on how you want to buy based on your preferences. Internet installation doesn’t have to be a daunting task either. With the option of a technician to come for a professional internet installation service or follow easy how-to guides online, setting up your internet connection has never been easier.

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AJ Dellinger

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AJ Dellinger is a writer and editor based in Madison, WI. He has spent the last 10 years writing about the internet, gadgets, technology and a variety of other topics. His work has appeared in Wired, Gizmodo, CN… Read more

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