How to Replace ISP Router With Your Own

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Updated January 5, 2023

If you are thinking of getting some new wireless network devices, you may wonder how to replace an ISP router with your own. Some of the best routers, after all, will have to be actually purchased before you change out the router, as they are not available from an Internet service provider. Additionally, if you need to cover a large home or small business, you may want to look into long-distance WiFi routers to help. Keep reading to learn all about this replacement process.


  • Before purchasing a new replacement router for your cable modem, contact your ISP to inquire about any potential restrictions.
  • You should also return the pre-existing router to them, to eliminate part of your monthly bill.
  • Once you have the new wireless router or router combo, set it up as you would any other router, taking care to change up the network name and default password.

Replacing an ISP Router

This is a relatively simple process, but it is not without potential hiccups. Start by finding a fantastic replacement modem, taking a look at the specs and features to suss out how many Ethernet ports that router has, and related metrics. Once you have some routers you want to purchase, conduct the following steps.

Insider Tip

Find a good spot for your new router, one that is centrally located so it can deliver a powerful signal throughout the home.

Call the ISP

You should call the ISP ahead of time and let them know you are going to replace their standard-issue router. They should be able to give you some information as to any restrictions on what routers can integrate with your modem. Also, they’ll let you know how to return the pre-existing router. Once you return their router, you’ll stop getting that monthly rental fee. Finally, they’ll alert you to any unusual steps you’ll have to consider to get your new router working properly. Also, when you return their modem, make sure to get a receipt and keep that receipt somewhere safe.

Remove the Old Router and Set Up the New One

It should be straightforward from here on out. Simply unplug and remove the old router and set up the new one. This entails plugging an Ethernet cable from the router to the modem and going through the usual steps to change the network name and password. You should also take some time to read the instructions that accompanied your new router, in case you have any pressing questions that need an answer, such as how many IP addresses should a router have.

Change the Settings

Head into your admin panel via your browser’s address bar or another method indicated in the instruction manual. Next, change the settings to suit your personal tastes. We recommend disabling remote access, to dissuade hackers, and taking a look at any parental control options if you have children. If you don’t have children, you should check to ensure that these parental controls are disabled. Regardless if you have kids in the house or not, you’ll always want to check your internet history on a WiFi router regularly, just to make sure no one is looking up anything illicit.


Which routers are better than ISP equipment?

Many a wi-fi router offers features above and beyond standard ISP routers, including offering support options for Wi-Fi 6 and more. Generally speaking, a newer router unit should outperform an ISP wifi router.

What is the difference between a modem and a wi-fi router?

It all boils down to the type of connection. A modem receives an analog Internet signal via a cable, whereas a router sends out a wireless signal.

Why replace your ISP modem?

You may also want to replace your ISP’s cable modem, as other models may allow for faster speeds, feature more Ethernet port options, integrate with Wi-Fi 6 standards, and more.

STAT: In 2017, the global WiFi router market was valued at about 8.5 billion U.S. dollars. (source)

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