Can you have two internet providers in one house?

Given the amount of internet providers on the market today, it is hard to know which one is the best for you and your circumstances. In truth, they will all try and tell you that theirs is the best so the best way to figure it out is to try them for yourself. The only issue with that of course is logistics and cost.

While many households today are inundated with devices that rely on the internet to function properly, others don’t which make finding the “best” internet provider entirely subjective depending on your circumstances. In this article, we are going to look at whether it is possible two have two separate providers in your home and whether that would even be a practical step to make.

Can you have two internet providers in one house? The simple answer

In short, yes it is possible to have multiple internet providers in one house, but it isn’t something that we would advise to every single household in the country – far from it in fact. Really, you should only ever consider doing this if you answer yes to any of the following questions AND you have the financial capacity to afford two different monthly subscriptions to internet providers.

  • Is your current sole internet provider’s connection not quick or stable enough?
  • Have you checked/tried the best possible internet speed/subscription?
  • Does your household regularly require a lot of active internet connections?
  • Do you live in a house that is four stories or bigger?

If you do decide to go ahead and get an additional internet provider set up in your home, then you will need to consider the following factors.

What type of connection do you want/need?

In the modern day there are typically three different types of connection available to users in the United Kingdom. These are DSL, fibre and cable. These vary in price and quality with DSL being the cheapest and most basic and fibre being the most expensive, but the most impressive. Which one you require will depend on your needs, but given the fact you are looking for an additional provider, it’s fair to assume speed is what you are looking for. See below for a breakdown of each connection type.

DSL – This is typically the cheapest type of internet connection with relatively low download speed of 25-500 Mbps and upload speeds of 5-30 Mbps. A DSL connection uses telephone lines, meaning that you would also need to get a new landline installed if you were to go with a DSL connection as your secondary internet provider.

Cable – Until fibre came along, this way the best type of internet you could ask for. The connection runs along copper lines underground and is typically linked up with Virgin TV. The download speeds are typically the same as you get with a DSL connection but with higher upload speeds. If you don’t have access to fibre then this will probably be your best bet.

Fibre – The grand daddy of them all, fibre internet has taken connection speeds to a whole new level. Although it is only available to households in certain areas and comes at a premium, it is well worth getting if you can afford it and are looking for high quality internet. It is perfect for households which possess loads of internet-reliant devices.

Other considerations

As touched on above, some types of internet are only available in certain locations so this is something that you will absolutely need to check before you even look at which provider you want to go with. To check which types of internet connection your household is eligible for, check out Broadband Genie.

Another consideration is cost. It may well be more practical and cost effective to ditch your current internet provider and sign up to a premium service from another provider which offers the max speeds as opposed to just signing up to another standard one. A good starting point to examine costs from different providers is Uswitch.

Potential alternatives

If you soon come to realise that it isn’t practical or cost effective to sign up to an additional internet provider then there are still some alternative options available to you if you are growing frustrated with the speeds that you are getting, or if your internet cuts out every hour. First and foremost, you should consider purchasing an ethernet cable.

This is a cable which connects directly from your router to one chosen device. It will massively increase your internet speeds instantly on that device, making it the perfect solution if you are just seeking quick speeds for your laptop/computer for work purposes, or your PlayStation for online gamin.

Another potential solution could be to purchase Wi-Fi boosters. These are small devices which you can insert into plug sockets all over your home to boost your internet speeds in the areas of your house where you place the boosters.


To conclude, yes you absolutely can have multiple internet providers in one house but no, you probably shouldn’t. It is likely cheaper and more effective to simply upgrade your current service rather than purchase an additional one.

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Andy is a Professional Content Editor with expertise in a whole host of areas (or so he tells us anyway). His main interests are sports, tv/film and social media. He has reviewed over 100 apps so far for Apps UK.

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