Here’s everything you need to remember so you can disconnect, and reconnect quickly. What to consider so you can quickly and easily reconnect at your new place.
Desktops. Laptops. Printers. TVs. Gaming consoles. Tablets. Smartphones. AppleTVs. They all have their own power cords and cables, and they all play their own role in your everyday life—keeping you connected to friends, family, and coworkers.
Now all those devices—the nest of cords hidden behind your entertainment center, snaking around each other, creating a tangled mess—have to be packed up only to be reassembled at your new place.
For some, the thought can be daunting. How am I going to remember what power cords go where and with what device? And on top of that, what about the equipment from my internet service provider? Will I still have service?
Rob Lightner of CNET has you covered. In his post, “How to move your home network and media center with minimal stress,” he lays out six tips. Let’s take a look.
Contact Your ISP Ahead of Time
Commons sense right? If you want to keep your provider, make sure the provider (and the services you want) are available in your new area.
If not, you’ll want to research new providers and find one that offers what you’re looking for. You’ll also want to notify your soon-to-be-former provider, return any equipment before you move out and make sure they’ve turned off your services.
The other thing to keep in mind is whether or not you can do the setup and installation yourself, or if the provider will need to send out a technician. If you want to play it safe and have the provider send a technician, consider scheduling it to sync with your move. That way you won’t be stranded in an unfamiliar house without service for a few days.
Know What Tech is Going Where
Upgrading to more than a studio or one bedroom? Downsizing? Either way, you’ll want to figure out where all the outlets are located and decide what gadgets will go where. Don’t limit yourself to the big items, like gaming consoles and TVs. Figure out the most strategic place to put your modem and routers, and signal extenders, too. This will also help you figure out if you need extension power cords, and additional surge protectors.
Group Gadgets by Location—Not Function
Your instinct is probably to pack by function, so all of your power cords go together while all of your HDMI and connector cords go together.
But sorting by location can really pay off in the long run, according to Lightner.
For example, put all the gadgets and corresponding cords and cables for your home office in one box and label it accordingly. If you have an AppleTV for your bedroom and one for the basement or family room, put each in a box that corresponds to the appropriate room. Now, when you go to unpack, the AppleTV for your bedroom will already be in your room, and the one of the rest of the house will be where it belongs. You can practically plug-and-play instead of digging through an endless sea of boxes, looking for the device you need.
Label All the Cables!
Seriously. Remember the tangled nest of wires behind your entertainment center, and perhaps your desk? It was all connected mess, and when you move, it’ll be a disconnected mess. So, to prevent this, first take a picture of the backs of the devices so you’ll have a visual reference while setting up again at your new place.
Next, start unplugging cables. As you unplug, label the cables. A simple way to label cords and cables is by folding a piece of masking tape around it, and with a permanent marker, labeling it with what it is, like “power cord for XBox One” and “power cord for backup drive.” Put the cords in the correct location box so it will be really easy to set them up at your new place.
Download Manuals and Know Your Network Passwords
Lightner points out how vital manuals can be “if your network settings are changing, or you’re shaking up the connections between computers, media, storage, or other components of your home network.” Many are now available online, so it’s a good idea to go to the support sites of your gadgets and download what you need. Also, it’s useful to have your network password stored somewhere that makes for easy reference. Devices you own will most likely have your network information already, but if you upgrade your router or purchase a new device, you may need to configure it with your network information.
If It’s Precious, Or You Can’t Live Without, Move It Yourself
Consider moving any gadget you can’t live without, yourself. Think of it like packing for an extended vacation. Smartphones, tablets, laptops, and all of their corresponding cables most likely make the cut, but what about your GoPro? Or other cameras? Do you have any custom camera lenses or attachments? Consider packing and moving them yourself, and that way you’ll have them, even if the movers are delayed or something else goes wrong.
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