It depends on where you live and what internet service providers are available there. Still, you should generally be able to move your existing internet service to a new home address. However, if you're moving out of the service area, you’ll have to choose a new ISP.
Internet service providers usually need a few weeks’ notice to process the transfer and schedule a technician to install service at your new home. Some ISPs might charge fees for moving your internet service, such as a transfer fee, installation fee, or activation fee.
Moving your internet service is also an opportunity to upgrade to a better plan or to get a discount from a new provider. For example, your new home might be in a neighborhood that offers higher speed plans from your provider or has a different provider like T-Mobile 5G Home internet available.
Depending on your Wi-Fi equipment, you could bring your Wi-Fi router to your new home and keep using the same Wi-Fi network name and password. For example if you own your Wi-Fi router, that device is your property, and you can move it yourself.
But keep in mind that “Wi-Fi” is not the same as “internet service.” Even if you decide to keep your Wi-Fi router and bring it to your new location, you still need your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to transfer your internet service to your new home address, or you’ll need a new ISP that’s compatible with your router.
If you own the Wi-Fi router, mesh Wi-Fi, or other Wi-Fi extender devices to extend your Wi-Fi signal, and these devices are compatible with your new home’s internet service options, you can bring them with you.
If you are leasing your Wi-Fi router from the ISP, you should check to see if you can keep the router or if you’ll need to lease a new one at your new home.
If you decide to change ISPs, use your mobile phone for home internet, or sign up for a new home internet plan as part of your move, you most likely cannot keep using the same Wi-Fi router.
Let’s look at a few major internet service providers (ISPs) to see their provider-specific rules for transferring internet to new addresses.