HOT OFFER! Save $20 per month for 5 months on selected nbn internet plans!...Use promo code SAVE20 at checkout!
How to Set Up Internet & Utilities for Beginners
Home & Business Internet Blog | MATE | 17 April 2023
While moving into a new home can be an exciting experience, there are a few things you will need to take care of before you can settle in. Setting up your internet and utilities are often among the most important. Having a reliable internet connection and basic utilities like electricity, gas and water is essential for modern living, but it’s not always easy to get the hang of. We can help!
Finding the Right Internet Service Provider
The first step in setting up the internet in your new home is to choose the right internet service provider (ISP). There are many different options available so it is important to consider your needs and budget when making your choice. Some factors to consider when choosing an ISP include:
Not all ISPs are available in every area. Make sure to check if the provider you are interested in offers services in your area.
Different internet services offer different speeds. Choose a service that provides the speed you need for your activities, whether that’s browsing the web, streaming videos, or playing online games.
Internet services can vary widely in cost so make sure to compare different providers and their plans to find the best deal for your budget. Remember that you only need to pay for your usage habits; you likely won’t need the top speed plan if you’re a household of just one or two.At MATE, we’re proud to be one of the best internet service providers in Australia. We offer fast speeds, affordable prices and unlimited data across all of our nbn plans so you can always stay connected. Whether you’re a hardcore gamer, you’re working from home, or you just want to watch a movie without the lag, we’ve got you covered! Check out our range of unlimited data NBN plans starting from just $55/month.
Setting Up Your Internet Connection & Wi-Fi Network
Once you have chosen an internet service provider, the next step is to set up your modem, internet connection and wireless network. To do this, you will need some basic equipment: a modem and/or a wireless router. Your internet service provider will typically provide these for you (sometimes at an additional cost), or you may be able to purchase your own.
As each modem is different, make sure you follow the instructions in the box to set it up. Generally this involves plugging in your modem to power, and then plugging in the correct cables for your type of connection. Depending on your provider, you may also need to enter specific credentials for your connection. Once the modem is set up, connect your wireless devices to your home Wi-Fi network using the network security key/Wi-Fi password.
In some cases, you may encounter problems with your internet connection/wireless networks. Some common issues include slow speeds, dropped connections, and weak signal. If you experience any of these problems, try turning your modem off and on again, turning your wireless device off and on again, moving the modem to a different location or contacting your internet provider for assistance.
Finding the Right Utilities Providers
Finding the right utility providers can be a challenge because there are so many options available. It’s important to do your research and compare different providers to find the one that best meets your needs. Doing your homework when it comes to finding the right utilities providers can help ensure that you are making the best decision for your home and wallet. Here are some factors to consider:
You’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck with utilities providers. Different providers charge different rates, so you have to make sure you understand exactly what you’re paying for and when.
In some instances, a discount may be applied to your service if you’re a student, if you pay on-time or if you have any concessions. Make sure to enquire about those with the provider or ask a friend or family member if they have any recommendations for specific offers that may apply to you.
Should your electricity, gas or water suddenly stop working or should you have any issue with billing, you want a provider that can actually help. Find somewhere with good customer service and good hours so you know you can rely on them if something goes wrong.
Setting Up Your Home Utilities
In addition to setting up the internet, you’ll also need to set up basic utilities in your home like electricity, gas and water.
Electricity & Gas
Setting up electricity and gas services is usually a straightforward process. Once you’ve decided the right one for you, check their website and sign up for their service/s. You’ll need to provide information about your address, the date you would like the services to start and your payment method. You may also need to provide proof of identification and a deposit (depending on the provider). Remember that not all homes require both gas and electricity, and some providers offer both services to make it even easier for you.
While most places require you to set up your own electricity and gas, water services are a little different. When you sign a lease for a rental apartment, make sure you know exactly what you’re paying. Some landlords pay your water bills for you, and some will send you a bill every quarter which you’ll need to pay directly to your landlord.
However, if you’re moving into your own home, setting up water services is typically done by contacting your local water authority. They will provide you with information on the cost of water, how to set up your account, and how to read your meter. They should be able to handle the rest.
Choose Fast & Reliable Home Internet with MATE
Setting up internet and utilities in your new home can seem overwhelming, but with a little research and preparation, it can be a smooth and easy process. By taking the time to choose the right providers and services, you can make sure that you always have reliable and affordable internet and utilities in your home.
For reliable, fast and affordable home internet, choose MATE. Our unlimited data nbn plans are perfect for any household no matter the size or what you’re using it for. Just pick the plan that’s right for you and we’ll do the rest.