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Is it possible to have two different internet providers in one house?

Many home Internet users have more than one computer, and they may also have a smartphone or tablet. Having multiple devices connected to your network can be a good way to save money on monthly bills, but it can also cause problems if you don’t set things up correctly.

In most cases, it’s not possible to have two different providers for internet service in one house. The reason is that each provider uses its own frequency for sending data through the airwaves — and those frequencies aren’t compatible with each other. This means that there’s no way for your modem to transmit data from one provider and then immediately switch over to another provider without stopping to retransmit everything it received from the first provider.

However, there are some exceptions:

If you’re using an external antenna with a Wi-Fi router (most modern routers are sold without antennas), there may be a way to get different providers’ networks onto the same physical device. If this were possible, then you could theoretically connect multiple networks at once and use them all simultaneously — but this isn’t an ideal solution because you’ll still need separate modems for each connection anyway.

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Last modified: August 9, 2022

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