Can You Have 2 Different ISPs in the Same House? (Yes, here’s how)

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Whether you live with multiple people in the house and want to get your own secure internet connection or want to test multiple networks, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have two different internet providers in one house. Today I will do my best to clear all questions about having multiple ISPs in the same house or apartment.

You can have two (or more) different internet providers in one house. There are no technical issues because every internet service provider (ISP) will have its own cable and router. The cables will not interfere and as a result, your homie will have multiple Wi-Fi networks available for connection. You can also choose to connect via ethernet cable to make sure that you get the fastest connection possible.

Even though it might take some convincing to get multiple ISPs to install routers in your home (because they want exclusivity) it can definitely be done. Keep reading to find out all there is to know about running multiple networks in the same home.

Can You Have Two Different ISPs in One House?

Yes, you can! In fact, you can have as many ISPs in one house as you like. The reason behind this is that each ISP will install a new set of wires and router that doesn’t interfere with their competition. The only real “problem” that you will deal with is convincing the ISP to install a network in a home that is already using a competitor’s network. Although, this shouldn’t require too much convincing because you will be paying for the service after all.

Since we are talking about internet speed, you might want to check out this article I wrote for gamers. It explains if a 400 MPBs connection is good for gaming or if it’s overkill in terms of speed.

It’s important to mention that even though you can have multiple internet connections in one house, they do not stack. This means that you can’t combine multiple internal networks to speed up your Wi-Fi. This is thanks to the fact that each ISP installs a new set of routers and cables that can’t be connected to increase the available bandwidth. If improving the speed is the goal, my advice would be to pay for a premium internet service

Should You Get Two Different ISPs in One House?

Some might say that getting two different ISPs in one house is redundant. However, there are some good reasons to get a second internet connection in a house. For example, gamers might want to have access to fast Wi-Fi that is not slowed down by everyone’s smartphones and Netflix streaming. That’s not all. A second ISP connection would be useful as a backup in case the main one stops working.

Truth be told, you shouldn’t have a reason to get two different ISPs in one house. If internet stability or speed is the problem, the best thing that you can do is upgrade to a premium plan that offers more bandwidth and faster connections.