Leaving a router switched on all the time?

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  1. MrNPG

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    Hi folks,

    I have just changed my ISP to O2 and therefore now have a new router (previously had just a USB ADSL modem).

    Is there any advantage to leaving the router switched on all the time, even when the PC is switched off?

    Wasn't an issue before as my USB modem would switch off as soon as the PC was turned off anyway.

    I know the disadvantage of leaving it on would be the use of electricity but just wondered whether it's best to leave it on 24/7 or not?

    Cheers.
     
  2. limblee

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    I leave mine on 24/7.

    Only so I don't have to have to go and turn it on when I want to use my laptop wirelessly straight away.

    I doubt there are any real pro's to having it on constantly.
     
  3. bu5ter

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    mine has been on for years, cant remember turning it off.
     
  4. GrahamC

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    Same here on 24/7/52, as stated the advantage of always on is no faffing when connecting via wireless.
     
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    Same here, never switch router off.
     
  6. mjcairney

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    Ditto.

    Cheers,

    Martin.
     
  7. Mike Groves

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    Doesn't leaving it on 24/7 give the rate adaptive ADSL line time to sync properly? I understood that it can take several days for this to happen.
     
  8. MrNPG

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    Thanks guys.

    Mike's comment is sort of what I was thinking, I knew that I had read something before about having to leave your router on for several days in order for the ADSL line to "stabalise"?? I'm not a "techie" so no idea what this means, just knew that I had heard something like that before. Does it mean your connection speed could improve by leaving the router on??

    Cheers.
     
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    The stabilisation period is ten days so if you're worried about that you could leave it on constantly for that. Afterwards I don't think there are any advantages - if it can be easily turned off and then back on when you need it I would do that.
     

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