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Turning router off at night - good practice?

#1 Postby loobyloo » Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:05 am

I moved us to a new and much better ISP (PlusNet, if anyone's curious). In the router's setup guide they recommend keeping it on all night, permanently, as this can help the connection.

I've never heard that advice before. Does anyone know if keeping it on all the time is a good idea?
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Re: Turning router off at night - good practice?

#2 Postby Eadwine Rose » Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:15 am

I turn it off at night, find it actually better as it saves power. Just turn that thing on first in the morning and then everything else when it has started proper, I have no issues with it.
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Re: Turning router off at night - good practice?

#3 Postby ko » Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:27 am

I keep my modem and router switched on. Except when I leave home for extended periods of time (like a few weeks or more).
Keeping them in a stable electrical state is far more important than the minor energy savings obtained by switching them off at night.

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Re: Turning router off at night - good practice?

#4 Postby Acesabe » Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:06 am

I'd say it's largely down to the quality of the hardware concerned, we've got core network kit that's been running more or less constantly for 6+ years, but if saving power (the mains adapter probably uses more than the router) is more important (or fear of being hacked unlikely!), turn it off (I have been recently, but my internet connection is via 5.8Ghz link! :cool: )

This is much more likely to be Plusnet knowing that support calls are more likely when people 'interfere' with their network hardware!

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Re: Turning router off at night - good practice?

#5 Postby Gaer Boy » Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:15 am

I'm also with Plusnet - their advice on broadband speeds explains the recommendation:
5. Leave your router switched on

Leaving your router on will make sure you get the best speed and performance from your service.

Don’t switch it off at night! Regularly switching off your router can make it look like your service is disconnecting. If this happens, your broadband speed will be reduced because the exchange thinks your line is unstable and can’t cope with higher speeds. Speed reductions are never permanent, but it can take up to 3 days before your speeds return to normal.
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Seems sensible to me - I only switch the router off when I go away.

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Re: Turning router off at night - good practice?

#6 Postby Danum » Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:16 am

ko wrote:I keep my modem and router switched on. Except when I leave home for extended periods of time (like a few weeks or more).
Keeping them in a stable electrical state is far more important than the minor energy savings obtained by switching them off at night.

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Re: Turning router off at night - good practice?

#7 Postby loobyloo » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:01 am

Acesabe wrote:This is much more likely to be Plusnet knowing that support calls are more likely when people 'interfere' with their network hardware!


That's also maybe why, on the router that PlusNet sent me, you can only alter the DNS settings through some jiggery-pokery in the command line.

Thanks everyone - it's staying on :)
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Re: Turning router off at night - good practice?

#8 Postby GoManutd » Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:43 pm

turning it off/on comes down to whether your systems are left on/off and whether systems left on need network - or, if they're left on will they freak w/o network.

i leave mine on, because i leave my mythtv system running all the time.

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Re: Turning router off at night - good practice?

#9 Postby Acesabe » Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:51 pm

Topic discussed on Plusnet's forum too: http://community.plus.net/forum/index.p ... 67.0.html/ seems inconclusive but erring on the side of 'it doesn't make any difference'..


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