Turn off Router at Night?

February 21, 2005 at 12:25:40
Specs: XP, Intel/256

Is it okay to turn your router off at night or when not using the internet access, say for a week-end while gone. Is there any loss of assigned IP address, and/or other settings? Also, does anyone know of any health hazards having router on that also broadcasts to other PCs for wireless access. Thanks for all input.


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#1
February 21, 2005 at 12:39:56

Networking stuff is designed to be run 24/7 365 but you can turn it off. It will just take time to reconverge the network and routes.

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maniacchen February 21, 2005 at 13:06:52

if it's production router, better leave it on, if you are just talking about your home one, go ahead, but I don't see any point turning it off. 24/7 it is for all my routers.



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#3
February 21, 2005 at 15:32:15

"Is it okay to turn your router off at night or when not using the internet access, say for a week-end while gone"
Yes. Why would you want to though?

"Is there any loss of assigned IP address..."
Yes. You will most likely get a different IP address from your ISP when you turn the router back on after a week.

"Also, does anyone know of any health hazards having router on..."
Zero. You are literally awash in radiation all the time. Adding a wireless router to the mix, even assuming that radio devices pose a health hazard (which I would argue is false), is insignificant.



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#4
February 23, 2005 at 03:02:58

Just remember, when you turn the router back on, ensure that it is ready before you turn on any of the PCs. This allows the router to assign IP addresses.

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