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    Leave router on or off during the night and day?

    This is a discussion on Leave router on or off during the night and day? within the Sky Broadband help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; A question has just come to mind and I would like to get your verdicts on this. Will leaving my ...

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      Leave router on or off during the night and day?

      A question has just come to mind and I would like to get your verdicts on this. Will leaving my router on during the day and night potentially increase my download and upload speeds? I know people leave their routers on during the start where their broadband gets activated. Or will it not make a difference?

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      Re: Leave router on or off during the night and day?

      When you are first connected to Sky, it is a requirement to leave your router on until DLM has completed.

      During the lifetime of your connection, Sky occasionally release an update for the various firmwares that are on each router. From what I understand, these are normally done overnight. If your router is off during these important updates, then you'll be missing out.

      As for leaving it on permanently, you'll benefit from a stable connection that is always ready when you desire to use it.

      Beyond that, there isn't any major benefit in respect of speed, although your router will sync at slightly different speeds depending on what time of day you switch it on. These differences are not that huge if you have a clean connection.
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      Re: Leave router on or off during the night and day?

      Considering that the router doesn't use much electric, i personally would leave it on 24/7

      Might made some slight help to download and upload some of the time due to fluctuating SNR but not much

      Guessing Scubbie meant these differences aren't huge if you have a clean connection
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      Re: Leave router on or off during the night and day?

      Typo! Whoops! Thanks

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      Re: Leave router on or off during the night and day?

      I can't say much think of the amount of spelling mistakes i make
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      Re: Leave router on or off during the night and day?

      Quote Originally Posted by I_Hate_Sky_Awnsers View Post
      I can't say much think of the amount of spelling mistakes i make
      I make spelling mistakes too. Just that I also run a spell checker before pressing the 'Submit Reply' button.

      ...and yes yours does have a spell checker. Mozilla Firefox has a spell checker built in.

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      Re: Leave router on or off during the night and day?

      spell check i cant find it

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      Re: Leave router on or off during the night and day?

      This conversation is in danger of going off the original topic of this thread, so I'll try to keep this response simple. If anyone wishes to expand on this topic, could I recommend starting a new thread in the 'general chat' section.

      The answer to where the spell checker is depends on what browser you are using.

      Mozilla Firefox has a built in spell checker.

      Internet Explorer requires an add-on. There is a link on this forum when you go to post a message to 'ieSpell'.

      I don't know what other browsers offer, but I wouldn't be surprised if they had something available.

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      Re: Leave router on or off during the night and day?

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      I make spelling mistakes too. Just that I also run a spell checker before pressing the 'Submit Reply' button.

      ...and yes yours does have a spell checker. Mozilla Firefox has a spell checker built in.
      Mine didn't until I enabled it and downloaded the UK dictionary
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      Re: Leave router on or off during the night and day?

      Quote Originally Posted by geoffxxuk View Post
      A question has just come to mind and I would like to get your verdicts on this. Will leaving my router on during the day and night potentially increase my download and upload speeds? I know people leave their routers on during the start where their broadband gets activated. Or will it not make a difference?

      Cheers,
      Geoff
      To get back to the topic. There are some cases where line noise during the night hours becomes so great that the router will drop out and resync at a lower speed. The speed can usually be returned to its best by resyncing the router in the morning. This can be a bit of a bind, but no more so than switching it off every night. Modern routers are designed to run 24/7 and powering them down too often can lead to an early breakdown.

      TomD


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