Moves can create a lot of stress, but getting your phone and internet set up does not have to play a part in that. Here are some steps to keep in mind when you are moving.
1. Find a Provider:
Before your move, you need to find a service provider with a company that works in your new geographic region.
Keep in mind that there are times when you can just switch your service location without changing providers and starting over from the beginning, so check with your current provider to find out if you will be able to disconnect and then reconnect internet and phone services.
2. Compare Pricing:
If your new geographic area is served by multiple providers, you should compare prices and packages before you commit. Even once you decide on the provider you will use, you should take some time to compare prices based on the service you plan to use.
For example, consider how many phone lines you need and the internet speed you require for work, and more to figure out the right package for your needs. You might also be able to bundle a TV subscription with an internet subscription to enjoy savings.
3. Order Your Service:
Order your service in advance of your move. You should order and schedule your installation appointment at a minimum of two weeks before you move, but ordering even earlier is a good idea if you can. Ordering online is often a quick and easy option.
4. Time for Installation:
You will want to plan to get your services set up right away, particularly if you work from home or teach remotely or if you are taking online classes. Make sure someone over 18 years old will be at your new home when it is time for the appointment.
Before your appointment, ask your realtor, builder, or landlord if the property is pre-wired. You should also locate access points. If the technician will need to run lines to connect your services, make sure you understand any restrictions about digging or drilling on the property.
Also, consider where you will want to place your modem and router before the installation. That way, you can communicate your decision to the technician before they start to work or drill holes in a wall.
You can also do setup on your own depending on the situation. You will need to:
- Connect a modem to a cable outlet
- Connect the router and modem using an Ethernet cord
- Connect the modem and router to your power source
5. Get All Devices Connected:
After installation is complete, the technician can show you how the modem and router are set up and share the default network name and password for the Wi-Fi. It is a good idea to always change the password after installation.
To connect your phone, tablets, and computer to your wireless network, go into each device’s Wi-Fi settings. Click on the network name, and put in your current password.
Finally, you will want to test your internet speed both on the day your services are installed and in the next few weeks to make sure your service is accurate.
You are ready to go to your new home!