How to Transfer BT Broadband to a New Computer

Updated April 07, 2017

BT Broadband is a cable-based broadband Internet provider in the United Kingdom. One advantage of BT Broadband service is that it is not locked to one specific computer, making it easy for users to use the service on different pieces of equipment in the same location. Since much of your account information is stored online, there is little hassle in transferring your BT Broadband connection to a new computer.

Place your computer near the BT Broadband Home Hub. Make sure that any Ethernet cables are disconnected and that your computer has an 802.11b, g or n compliant wireless card or adaptor that is turned on.

Copy down the BT Home Hub's SSID and wireless key. It is on a label on the back of the Hub equipment.

Click the "Wireless" icon located in the task tray at the bottom of the screen. This opens a window with your available wireless connections. Choose the connection that matches your Home Hub's ID.

Type the 10-character wireless key into the "Security" box, then click "OK" to go online.

Log in to your BT Yahoo! account and make sure you are running the latest BT security software.

Turn off your computer and unplug any existing cables between your computer and the Home Hub router.

Plug in the Ethernet cable to your computer's Ethernet port, then attach this to the Home Hub Ethernet port.

Turn your computer on and wait for it to boot fully. Click "Start," then "Control Panel" and select "Network and Internet" to manage your Internet connection.

Click "Network and Sharing Center" and choose "Change Adaptor Settings." Right-click "Local Area Connection" and select "Properties" from the drop-down menu. Highlight the "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP)" option and select "Properties."

Make sure that "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server address automatically" are both checked. Press "OK" to continue.

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