If you are struggling with WiFi signal in certain areas of your home, you might have considered having another internet service installed to improve this, but can you have two WiFi providers in the same household? Yes, you can, but there are certain points you will need to consider for this to work properly.
There are 3 main types of internet connection, DSL or digital subscriber line, which works through your telephone line. A cable internet line which is faster than a DSL and works the same way as cable TV. And finally, a fibre line, which uses fibre optic cables to provide the fastest internet speeds.
Different providers will usually use the same line into your home, if you switched to a new provider offering the same service, more often than not, they would use the same line. So, although technically there is no reason why you cannot have two different providers into your home, you make need to pay extra for an additional line to be installed.
Benefits of having two internet providers in one house
There are benefits that can come with having two ISPs (internet service providers) in the same household. With two broadband providers, you have added reliability. If one of your lines goes down, you have the backup of your other line to use. It may also give you more speed. If you have multiple devices that need an internet connection in your home, you may find that there is not always enough bandwidth to go around. With two ISPs you can connect devices to different routers and spread the internet use equally between both.
It may also be useful to have two ISPs if you are living in shared accommodation. If you have a housemate that wants faster internet, for example, they can choose their own internet provider and have that installed on a separate line.
Do I need two WiFi providers?
If you are having issues with internet speeds or connectivity issues, having an additional line installed may not be your best option. There are a few alternatives open to you that could be of more benefit. If you are struggling with the signal, you could look at multiple WiFi routers, WiFi boosters or even just where the router is located in your home.
If download speed is an issue you may need to look at upgrading your line but not necessarily adding another line, as this may also have the same speed issues unless you are upgrading to fast fibre from a DSL for example. If you live in a rural area, your choice in internet connection may be limited to certain lines as some options may not be available in your location.
At the WiFi Specialist we can carry out a detailed survey of your home to get to the route of your issue. Our team of engineers will know your area to be able to advise what is available for you and will be able to recommend the best solution based on your needs and budget.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can you have two internet providers in one house?
Yes, you can have as many internet providers in one house as you like, so long as the provider operates in your area.
How do I set up two internet providers in one house?
You will need to contact the providers you would like to set up your internet line and let them know that you are wanting more than one internet line into the house. The ISPs more often than not provide and equipment you need and carry out any work necessary for the installation of the line.
Can one router provide two different ISPs?
Yes it is possible to use the same router for two different networks, but this is more technical to set up and will depend on the make and model of router you have. Contact our team of specialists who will be happy to discuss your options with you.