When you’re moving into your first apartment, Wi-Fi will likely be one of the first things you want. However, setting up your internet involves several steps that can often be confusing, and dealing with internet service providers (ISPs) can be challenging. But fret not – below are simple answers to all your questions about how to set up your first apartment’s Wi-Fi.
When should you contact your ISP?
Before you move to your first apartment, call your new ISP. This way, your internet will be turned on as soon as possible – perhaps even before you’re moved in.
You should also determine which ISPs are available in your new location. Sometimes, only one major ISP provides internet to your region, but in other cases, you’ll have several choices. Once you determine your ISP, search for sales or bundles to keep your costs low.
What documentation do you need?
Before you call your new ISP, make sure you have all the documents your ISP requires in order to start an account. Although different companies will request different documents, it’s generally best to have at least two documents that prove your residency.
These documents can be lease agreements, utility welcome letters and bills, bank statements, cell phone bills, and government-issued ID cards. After you show documentation and establish your plan, you can schedule an appointment for a technician to start your internet service.
How to set up your apartment’s Wi-Fi
Once you determine your ISP, start an account, and set an appointment, take the following steps to set up your apartment’s Wi-Fi:
- Get a router: Most ISPs will offer the option to rent a modem and router. While these devices often work well, their hardware can sometimes prove lacking. That’s why you may want to buy a more reliable router and modem. If you do so, you may save money in the long run, as you won’t have to pay monthly rental fees for an ISP’s router and modem.
- Connect all your cables: After your Internet service is turned on and you get a modem and router, you’ll need to connect your cables. First, the modem should connect to a cable outlet. The Ethernet cord will then connect your wireless router to the modem. Then, plug your modem and router into an electrical outlet to turn them both on. After a few minutes, the router and modem’s lights should turn on.
- Don’t forget about security: Prevent cyberattacks and data breaches by changing your internet network’s username and password. You should create a strong password containing randomized letters, numbers, and symbols.
How to access the internet as you wait for Wi-Fi
If you don’t yet have access to a Wi-Fi network in your apartment, there are a couple of ways to get Wi-Fi. If you have a smartphone, you can tether your data connection to your computer through your phone’s mobile hotspot settings. Your hotspot will then appear as a Wi-Fi network option on your computer or tablet.
If you use your hotspot feature, monthly charges may vary. Some phone carriers may include hotspots as part of your monthly smartphone service, but others may charge costly fees. If you can’t afford hotspots, public Wi-Fi may sometimes be an option, but it’s rarely secure. Private, personal Wi-Fi is better – and that’s why following the above instructions for a hassle-free Wi-Fi setup matters so much.