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Windows 7: Shutting off Modem and Router

19 Sep 2013   #1
WilliamP458

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Shutting off Modem and Router

Here is the situation. I am on ATT DSL with an Actiontec ADSL+ Modem and a Netgear Wndr 3700 v2 router. Normally I turn my computer off at night before bed. But I leave the modem and router on. I noticed that the internet was getting slow, so I turned everything off. After powering up the modem ,then the router ,then the computer the download speed tripled. So how often should I re-boot the modem and router?


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19 Sep 2013   #2
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

WilliamP458, I recommend turning all three off if your not using them. when you turn your computer off, then the router and modem. I won't hurt anything when you turn them all back on. Just turn the modem on first, then the router and then your computer.

Rich
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19 Sep 2013   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I alway turn my router and modem off when the computer is not on.
My method is.
Turn computer off and then turn the router and modem off using a surge protector.
Turn the surge protector on along with router and modem and then boot the computer.
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20 Sep 2013   #4
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WilliamP458 View Post
Here is the situation. I am on ATT DSL with an Actiontec ADSL+ Modem and a Netgear Wndr 3700 v2 router. Normally I turn my computer off at night before bed. But I leave the modem and router on. I noticed that the internet was getting slow, so I turned everything off. After powering up the modem ,then the router ,then the computer the download speed tripled. So how often should I re-boot the modem and router?
You shouldn't have to turn the router and modem off. They are designed to be one 24/7. When using ADSL it can be slightly inconsistent and with a technology called DLM (Dynamic Line Management) the exchange on the other side may have reduced your speed in order to ensure stability over a long period of time. Rebooting the router should force a reset to the defaults hence the increased speeds. Just my rough guess, might be worth to reboot once a week. I personally wouldn't do it every evening since the exchange is smart and could interpret the disconnects as an issue with the line. Over time the exchange may reduce your speeds to try and prevent the disconnects that randomly happen (even though it is you turning the router off).

Just my view,
Josh
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20 Sep 2013   #5
WilliamP458

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I will re-boot on Monday every week. That should be enough to keep the speed up. Thanks everyone for the input.
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20 Sep 2013   #6
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Glad I could help
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