How Often You Should Be Restarting Your Router

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In this era of technology, all of our devices are constantly working overtime. My laptop, phone, and tablet are essentially always on and often in use. We know we’re supposed to power down and restart our devices periodically (though most of us likely don’t nearly as much as we should). However, do you ever reboot your internet router? You know, other than when the internet isn’t working and you’re trying to troubleshoot the issue?

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Like any piece of technology that’s constantly working hard, your router should be rebooted on a regular basis to keep it in good working order and to ensure your Wi-Fi is running as quickly and efficiently as possible. Older routers may need to be rebooted every couple of days, while a newer router should be fine with a monthly restart.

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Routers do not have unlimited lifespans, either. Depending on the quality and condition of your router, it should be replaced approximately every three to five years. You should also ensure your router is situated somewhere it’s getting enough circulation and won’t overheat, so don’t crowd other items around your router.

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Restarting your router is extremely simple. All you need to do is unplug the router from the wall, or simply remove the power cable from the router itself. Wait about one minute, then plug it back in and give it a few minutes to fully power back on and connect again. Performing this very quick and easy task can make all the difference in your internet connection!