Installation for these two providers couldn’t be more simple—all you have to do is set up the wireless gateway. AT&T Internet Air, in particular, specifically advertises that you can be up and running in less than 15 minutes. We interviewed T-Mobile 5G Home Internet customers about their self-installation experiences, and one specifically said, “I’d probably estimate about 30 minutes to unpack and have it up and running.”
So either way, both providers give easy-to-follow instructions, and setup is as easy as it can get.
Like satellite internet, 5G signals are wireless, so there’s never a need to worry about cables or other intrusive installation procedures. But unlike satellite, 5G home internet doesn’t require a dish or antenna to pick up the signal—the gateway uses the same technology your phone uses to receive cell service. This makes 5G possibly the least intrusive and easiest-to-install type of internet available.
According to interviews we’ve conducted, the trickiest thing about setting up 5G home providers like AT&T Internet Air and T-Mobile home internet is usually finding the best place for your gateway. Everyone we spoke to had to move their gateway at least once. One said, “I first tried downstairs to see if it really affected the performance, and decided that it worked better (had full reception bars) on the second floor near the window.”
T-Mobile itself recommends placing your gateway in a window facing your nearest cell tower whenever possible, and the interviewees backed up that advice. All found the best signal there. Knowing which of your windows faces your nearest cell tower is a bit tricky, since providers seem to offer little guidance on that, so just be ready to find out via process of elimination. Fortunately, even with that all considered, 5G home internet is still easier to set up than satellite internet.