If you turn off your internet router before you go to bed each night, you risk disrupting your broadband connection. Although the experts are urging us all to turn off the gadgets that fill our homes in a bid to save expensive energy, one thing that should absolutely stay on at all times is that flashing little black box.
Hitting that power button can have all sorts of consequences, including your broadband becoming much less stable, secure, and slower.
There are a number of reasons why you should leave the router on all the time, but one of the main issues with turning it off is that it won’t get important software updates or security patches that keep it on. will help it work properly and safe from hackers.
These patches are often released overnight when updates are less likely to affect customers and if your router is down, this won’t happen.
Another problem with disconnecting the plug is that it can cause Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to think the line is unstable. Once that happens, they often slow down speeds to make sure customers stay connected.
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Explaining more about the issues with the broadband router and why it’s a good idea to keep them on Aman Bhatti, Director of Proposals, Sky Broadband told Express.co.uk: “We know our routers are being upgraded. daytime – whether it’s on video calls, streaming the latest show, or gaming online.That’s why our routers run firmware updates overnight, to avoid unnecessary downtime during the day. daytime.
“Turning off your router overnight can affect automatic software updates and optimizations, which can impact the overall performance, speed, and stability of your broadband. Other connected devices in the home that are connected to your router will also be affected by delayed updates. All of our current hubs are EU Eco-design regulation approved, which means no excessive power consumption is used.”
It’s not just Sky advising to keep things going with BT also advising customers not to mess with their routers.
Further explaining why customers should always leave their routers on, BT said: “It is important to ensure that you leave your hub on and connected at all times. This will allow us to give you the fastest and most efficient service. stable, and ensure your hub is kept up to date.
“Constant hub shutdown makes the line choppy, which means your speed may be automatically reduced to improve the reliability of your broadband connection.”
Of course, there are other devices that can be turned off. New research from British Gas suggests many of us are wasting hundreds of pounds of electricity by not switching off gadgets at night.
For example, leaving a 4K TV on can cost over £24 a year while it’s on standby and leaving a game console on can cost you over £12 when you’re not even using it.
Speaking to the BBC, British Gas Marc Robson said: “At night or when not in use, try switching appliances off to the mains rather than putting them on standby as even the standby light d “a television consumes energy. Try not to overload your mobile phone and laptop unnecessarily.”