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Old 02-08-2013, 23:05
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my modem felt warm to the touch, I thought,
why not unplug it when comp is not in use ?

just plug it in for the 4 or so hours Im on line each day .
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Old 02-08-2013, 23:13
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I used to do that, now I just leave my wifi router on all the time. All the wifi routers I've had have got warm when on.
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Old 02-08-2013, 23:26
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I ve always left it on 24/7 but the heat made me think
it could be burning up a fair bit of juice so now Im thinking,
why not turn it off when I turn off the comp
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Old 03-08-2013, 00:19
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It's been mentioned on here many times that they don't use up as much electricity as most folk think.
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Old 03-08-2013, 22:38
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Internet providers recommend you leave your router / modem plugged in and switched on 24 hours per day ... This is because it can apparently affect your line, because it thinks there's a fault causing it to disconnect
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Old 03-08-2013, 22:59
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lookup the number of watts on the power supply and then do 1000/<the number> this will give you roughly how many hours it will take to burn 1 unit of electricity at your rate so at lets say 25 watts it will take 1000/25 which will mean it will take 40 hours to use 1 unit of power or it costs you 0.00375 per hour to run the device
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Old 03-08-2013, 23:40
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We are talking 8p per day
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Old 04-08-2013, 00:26
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Internet providers recommend you leave your router / modem plugged in and switched on 24 hours per day ... This is because it can apparently affect your line, because it thinks there's a fault causing it to disconnect
Yeah, everytime you switch it back on it will have to re-sync.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:40
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It does not affect your line at all. If you switch off, say off/on once per day, that will not be interpreted as a fault, the system is smarter than that.

It remembers what the situation was before you switched off, your line profile, and thus will come back as before when you switch back on again.

I regularly have mine switched off for up to a month and this has never been interpreted as a fault.
You will find your internet connection goes off/on sometimes early morning for short periods anyway when they do maintenance at the exchange/line etc.

The reason ISPs say keep it switched on 24/7 is because initially there a period of 10 days when your line is profiled. Thus if you change ISP you should leave it on initially for at least 10 days continuously, but after that feel free to switch on/off as required.

If there is a major change in your line then it will initiate a re-profiling, thus you should also have it on for that 10 days at some point. Minor changes are dealt with by the system as it dynamically adjusts.

Sure it resyncs, but then so does a TVs clock/program guide.

Costs are not great, mine consumes ~10 watts, hence it's warm, that's 0.24 kilowatt hrs per day, so you can work out the electricity cost, not much.
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Old 04-08-2013, 14:22
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Some Netgear routers get extremely hot & cause the electrolytic capacitors inside to fail fairly quickly.. I used to leave my router on 24/7, but now switch it off overnight.
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Old 04-08-2013, 14:54
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Thanks Helmut... I think you ve nailed it there

think in future, esp if I go away for a day or two... Ill unplug it.
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Old 04-08-2013, 15:17
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I only turn my router off when I'm away from the house for longer than a couple of days, otherwise it's on 24/7.
Otherwise I only turn it off when my internet radio can't find a signal - it's fine after a reboot .
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