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Discussion in 'PC and I.T support/Advice posts' started by jukie, Mar 29, 2014.

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    Do you turn yours off when not in use or leave it on 24/7?

    Pros and cons?

    I currently turn mine off when not needed but if it's more beneficial to leave it on, I could be persuaded!
     
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    I leave mine switched on 24/7. To be honest it's never really occurred to me to turn it off. :dk:
     
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    Same here
     
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    I suspect that most if not all routers are left on 24x7.

    I suppose there is a point however to consider regarding energy waste... as is the case with AC adapters that are left plugged in, or TVs on standby, etc..
     
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    mines on 24/7
     
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    Do you know how an ac adapter uses power while left plugged in ?

    My isp tells that router should be left on to prevent the network thinking its dropping out
     
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    ^ wot they said.
     
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    ^and me. Plus ISP sometimes run updates during the early hours.
     
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    Another good reason for leaving it on is that it will keep your maximum speed up.

    When it gets spotted by the ISP that a router is turned off, it makes an assumption that the lack of connection is due to a failure on it's behalf. It therefore turns down the SNR and hopes that this will cure it. If it sees lots of disconnections it will start to slow the speed right down.

    Not too bad if you have massive speed to start with, but for people like me on low speeds it can be a nightmare.
     
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    on 24/7
    so many things using it now - pc, mobile phones, tv, sons!
     
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    Used to turn the old one off overnight to stop the kids using iPads / phones / etc. until the small hours. But the BT Infinity one I have now lets you set start/end times for internet access for each individual device that connects to the network :thumb:

    So now it's left on 24/7.
     
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    Thanks all. Seems I was in a minority of one!! lol
     
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    Yes - an AC Adaptor is a power transformer and uses induction - the primary coil is always drawing current even when the secondary coil's circuit is open.

    It is a small amount - but similar to electronic equipment on standby, it has been suggested that if everyone unplugged idle AC adaptors the cumulative effect will be significant.

    I don't have a view regarding which is best to do - just trying to contribute relevant information.

    Another interesting point is that electricity as a form of energy is mostly turned into either kinetic energy, light energy, or heat thermal energy - and in case of an AC adapter where there's no kinetic or light energy, the power is simply converted into heat. If an AC adapter is warm to the touch when no device is connected, that's the power it consumes.
     
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    Thanks, thats interesting at least its tangible proof. Can't say i have ever noticed an adapter giving heat while disconnected from equipment but i can see the point of energy change. I would imagine the power use on a say a phone charger is negligible. I may stick the meter on an extension lead and test some time for a real time answer. I have a lot of chargers and power supplies around the place. When i get to it i will report back. Currently busy with beer can whirlygig test.
     
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    I turn mine off purely because when I turn my computer off, the monitor, PC and router are next to each other on a individually-switched extension lead.

    I have no need to leave it on when neither of us are using it.

    I have no issues as a result and my connection speed is mostly consistent.

    The flip side is sometimes routers left on forever start to misbehave sometimes in my experience, which is fixed by a power cycle.

    Each to their own!
     
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    I started turning my printer off as I hardly ever print anything these days. Then I came to use it and a print head had dried up - the machine normally cycles itself every few days. Spent ages trying to get it working again but had to buy another head.

    I think, generally speaking, it a bad idea to power cycle electrical equipment. It'll last longer if it's just left on.
     
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    I switch off when not in use.
     
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