When changing houses, we all strive to keep everything the same to avoid changing a lot of things. This helps us to familiarize ourselves with the new surroundings faster and settle quickly. Besides, you may wish to take your Wi-Fi router and connect it from a friend’s house if yours isn’t for instance working. Since the internet is a very essential service in our lives, can we move with the Wi-Fi router to another house?
Moving your Wi-Fi router to another house is possible but depends on several factors including whether are you maintaining your current ISP’s services or if it’s compatible with your new ISP, or if you’re only moving the Wi-Fi router or together with the modem, the type of internet connection you’re using, and the router settings.
What role does a Wi-Fi router play in a home?
Wi-Fi routers play a crucial role in internet transmission. When setting up an internet connection in your house, you need a modem to connect to the cable outlet first. For your wireless and wired devices like smartphones, PCs, and printers to be able to access and connect to the internet, you need a wireless router. Besides linking the wireless devices to the internet, Wi-Fi routers also connect computers to each other within the same network. The router is connected to the modem using an Ethernet cord and then routes the internet connection throughout the house wirelessly. The modem receives information from the internet service provider like Comcast and then passes it to the Wi-Fi router which allows the connected devices to access this information. Some devices come as a combination of both modem and router which serves both router and modem purposes.
Can I move my Wi-Fi router?
Some Wi-Fi routers come with an inbuilt cable modem that allows you to still connect to the internet but only if you move it within a short distance within the same area or city. If however, you move to another city, then the Wi-Fi router won’t work despite the ISP being the same. There are many types of internet connections including DSL (Digital Service Line), fiber optic, cable, and ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network). A DSL modem and cable connection might still function the same way in another house while ISDN and fiber optic might not.
Changing a Wi-Fi router requires you to spend money. The thought of buying a new router every time to go to a different house is unpleasant especially if you frequently travel from one place to another. If you’re moving the Wi-Fi router to another house within the same metro area, then chances are that you will maintain your internet services like in the old house. However, if you plan on moving to a different area, it’s good to check if your current ISP is available and if your Wi-Fi router will still be functional in that area. Check with the available ISPs to see if your router is compatible with their services.
|Issue||Factors to consider||How to fix|
|Can I move my Wi-Fi router to another house?||Geographical area
|Check the geographical location of the new house. If it’s within the metro area, then chances are that the Wi-Fi router will still work as usual.|
|Internet service provider||If the metro area is the same, then chances are that the ISP still operates in the area which isn’t a problem.|
|Type of internet connection
|Not all internet connection types are universally compatible with any Wi-Fi router.|
|Some ISPs use a router’s MAC address in the authentication process. You may need to set an external IP address on your router or whitelist it before using it in the new house.|
What’s the difference between a static and dynamic IP address?
A static IP address as long as you keep the same ISP never changes while a dynamic IP address changes from time to time.
Can any PC access my wireless network if I set it public?
Yes, any PC will be able to visit your wireless network when set to public.