Getting Started with an Internet Provider

If you are moving into your first home, it is important to know where to start with setting up your home internet. There are not many households that do not have internet access but setting up is needed even if previous residents have had internet. 

If you are setting up home internet for the first time and are a little confused about where to start, below is a step-by-step guide to help you. 

Deciding on a Provider

Making this decision will depend on a couple of factors:

  • Cost – internet providers are competitive, so with some searching, you can usually find a good deal. When looking at the cost of potential internet providers, you should ensure that you are looking at the cost of the package that suits your needs. Some internet providers will advertise their lowest cost package, but higher than their basic allowances can increase the cost significantly. 
  • Internet speeds – it is important to ensure that the speeds you are quoted by each potential provider will be enough to suit your needs. If you are working from home or running several devices, you will need to ensure that the speeds you are quoted will be sufficient. 
  • Installation/delivery time – it is best to check the setup time for each provider you are considering. If you are hoping to have internet set up for the day you move in, you may need to arrange this in advance to allow for delivery of any equipment you may need. 
  • Coverage – you will need to ensure you find a provider who covers the area you live in. If you are unsure of which companies this is, you can search for your area. A simple search such as ‘wifi services Louisiana’ will give you a list to choose from.
Getting Started with an Internet Provider

Contacting your chosen Provider

Once you have chosen which provider you are going to use, the next step is to contact them to arrange your installation. You can place your order online, giving details of your property. If you are unsure of how to set up any equipment that you receive, we advise you to return to the company’s website before contacting them further. Most companies will include a link for you to set up tutorials that will walk you through the process. 

If the property you are moving into has never had internet in place, the situation may be slightly more complicated. Speaking to the internet provider prior to placing your order is the best thing to do in this situation. The internet provider can give you a more detailed idea of the setup process in this circumstance so you can decide the best way to proceed. 

Moving to a new internet provider should not be a difficult process, and the company you are choosing is there to help if you need additional support. We recommend that you monitor your internet usage for the first few months to ensure that your plan is working for you. Costs for going over your plan can be high, so adjusting the plan overall can be a cheaper option than additional monthly fees.


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