Are you considering upgrading your home Internet service? Maybe you need a faster connection for work video calls and streaming movies. Or your current provider‘s prices have crept up over time. With so many service options now available, it makes sense to re-evaluate your Internet plan. In this guide, I‘ll share tips for comparing providers, timing your switch properly and setting up new service – from one streamer to another! Switching isn’t hard if you follow a plan.
I’ve changed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) a few times myself when I realized I could get faster speeds for less money. While it does take some effort, the payoff of better Internet at a lower monthly cost makes it worthwhile. Let’s explore how you can switch providers and optimally set up your new Internet service.
Comparing Providers – What Matters Most?
When evaluating a new ISP, start by checking which providers service your area and what types of Internet connections they offer. Cable, DSL, fiber optic and satellite are the most common. Make sure to compare factors like:
- Speed – Faster is better! More bandwidth supports more devices using high-speed activities simultaneously. Aim for at least 100 Mbps download these days.
- Reliability – Look for providers with strong ratings for uptime and performance. Nothing’s more frustrating than frequent outages.
- Price – Calculate the regular monthly costs after any introductory deals expire. Watch for extra fees too.
- Data Caps – Many providers limit your monthly data usage, with overage charges if you exceed it.
- Contract Terms – Shorter contracts of 12 months or less give you more flexibility.
- Bundles – Getting Internet and TV together often allows you to save vs. purchasing separately.
To get an idea of pricing, here’s a comparison of two major cable Internet providers in my area:
|Plan||Download Speed||Regular Price||Data Cap||Contract|
|Spectrum Internet||200 Mbps||$49.99/mo||No data cap||No contract|
|Xfinity Internet||200 Mbps||$59.99/mo||1229 GB||12 months|
Spectrum offers better value here – faster uncapped service for $10/mo less! Always read the fine print and look beyond promotional pricing.
Timing Your Switch for Uninterrupted Service
The ideal strategy is to schedule your new Internet installation for the day after your current service ends. This prevents any gap where you’re stuck without connectivity. Don’t cancel existing service until the new provider has activated your account!
If you currently lease a modem or router from your ISP, find out when and how to return the equipment to avoid being charged. The new provider will supply the compatible modem and router you’ll need. Purchasing your own router instead gives you more control over settings and WiFi coverage.
Setting Up Your New Account
Once you’ve researched and selected your new ISP, set up your account online or over the phone. Pick an installation date when you or someone else will be home to welcome the technician and provide access. I always take the day off work to oversee the install and make sure everything goes smoothly.
Ask what you’ll need to prepare prior to installation day. They may need access to power outlets, phone jacks or a coaxial cable point. Having an existing cable hookup speeds up the process if you‘re getting cable Internet.
Installation Day – What to Expect
Typical professional installation takes 2-4 hours. The technician will assess your home’s wiring situation, install new cabling if needed, set up the modem/router, activate your account and test your connections.
It can be somewhat messy with them working in your home, drilling holes and running cables. But resist the urge to schedule other activities that day or leave the house. Being on-site to ask questions and point out optimal modem locations will ensure everything is configured correctly.
If issues come up delaying activation, stay calm. Technical difficulties can arise when providers switch over and provision your new service. If service can’t be activated that day, work with them on solutions like scheduling a new appointment or dispatching a repair technician if equipment is faulty.
Enjoy Your Faster Internet!
Once up and running, take some time to test out your new high-speed Internet service. Run speed tests to confirm you are getting the promised bandwidth. Check that all connected devices are functioning properly on the network.
If you experience issues like frequent disconnects in the first month, contact customer support right away. They can help troubleshoot problems and get your new service working optimally.
While switching Internet providers takes a bit of planning, the benefit is enjoying a much improved online experience! Paying attention to details like service activation timing and equipment returns ensures the process goes smoothly when you switch. I hope these tips help you get switched over to faster, more reliable Internet service. Let me know if you have any other questions!