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    New EU energy rules for TVs and other household gadgets

    This is a discussion on New EU energy rules for TVs and other household gadgets within the General Computing and Internet forums, part of the Community channel category; Morning and a Happy New Year to one and all. "European Union rules will oblige new networked devices such as ...

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      New EU energy rules for TVs and other household gadgets

      Morning and a Happy New Year to one and all. "European Union rules will oblige new networked devices such as modems and internet-connected televisions to switch themselves off when not in use" supplied from today. How will this affect companies such as Sky, who sell modems to those of us out of contract and guarantee periods? I know the modem that Sky sold to me a couple of months ago for a huge sum of money and the, wildly, cheaper one that I bought of EBay do not comply with this ruling. I know they do not need to comply but the cheapy that I bought off EBay is the current router supplied by Sky.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-3064335

      I must admit that I haven't heard of this legislation until today.


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      Re: New EU energy rules for TVs and other household gadgets

      Presumably this is the legislation that has required Sky to incorporate an "Eco" setting in the STB software, as an alternative to "Active" and "None", so that it can put the STB into a period of low energy deep sleep during part of the overnight hours (when "Eco" mode is selected by the user) and be compliant with the legislation.

      (I haven't heard anything about incorporating any such mode into the router firmware though.)

      This just appeared:
      http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/6...d-devices.html
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      EU mandates standby modes for networked devices

      thinkbroadband :: EU mandates standby modes for networked devices
      New regulations from the EU have sneaked into effect on the first day of 2015, with automatic standby modes mandated for networked devices and the promise of saving 32 per year due to this measure.


      • Energy labels for online sales:Retailers will be required to show energy labels when selling products online. Up until now, retailers only displayed the energy efficiency class of a product online, such as 'energy class A', but not the other classes on the label (e.g. A+, A++, B or C) making it difficult for consumers to compare products. This will now become clearer.
      • Automatic standby for networked devices: New networked equipment (such as modems, receivers/decoders, connected televisions, printers, etc.) will have to offer a function that switches the equipment into a low power standby mode if no main task is performed.
      The projected savings look very high when you consider that the average modem/router uses just 12 Watts when running flat out, but if the cost savings from low power modes for printers and connected televisions are factored in then the savings will be larger. Of course the old fashioned surprisingly digital method of switching a device off rather than leaving it on gives the biggest savings.

      Most xDSL connection methods include a power saving mode already, but other options like power reduction when idle for Wi-Fi chips has been a main suspect for the odd behaviour of some Wi-Fi devices in the last few years.

      Saving a watt here or there does seem like overkill, but with the increasing number of devices we all leave switched on 24/7 this does add up. While many people do shop for the more efficient dishwashers and washing machines we doubt many people will be using an energy label to pick their broadband router.
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      Re: EU mandates standby modes for networked devices

      Yes I mentioned this earlier on. As I said this is the first that I have heard of it when I heard it on the BBC news this morning.

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      Re: New EU energy rules for TVs and other household gadgets

      Quote Originally Posted by pete.i View Post
      Yes I mentioned this earlier on. As I said this is the first that I have heard of it when I heard it on the BBC news this morning.
      Whoops! I missed that one. I've merged the two threads into one.

      Quote Originally Posted by speedyrite View Post
      Presumably this is the legislation that has required Sky to incorporate an "Eco" setting in the STB software, as an alternative to "Active" and "None", so that it can put the STB into a period of low energy deep sleep during part of the overnight hours (when "Eco" mode is selected by the user) and be compliant with the legislation.

      (I haven't heard anything about incorporating any such mode into the router firmware though.)

      This just appeared:
      thinkbroadband :: EU mandates standby modes for networked devices
      Basically there was something earlier mandated by the EU that affected the Sky+ HD & SkyHD STBs. This is somethin new.

      Personally I think that there is some kit that needs to be on 24/7, such as an IP Camera. Network switches tend to use very little electric so there would be little point in putting them in a power saving mode.

      Putting a router in a power saving mode could mess up your Internet connection speed, make it difficult to connect remotely.
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