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View Poll Results: How long is your home WiFi router on per day (NOT your WiFi usage)?
More than 12 hrs/day on average 220 94.42%
6-12 hrs/day 3 1.29%
3-6 hrs/day 4 1.72%
minimal-3 hrs/day 3 1.29%
zip-zilch-nada 3 1.29%
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:30 AM   #21
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Prior to this thread, it never even occurred to me that turning those things off was an option. I thought they were like refrigerators...you just leave them on all the time.

We have a lot of concrete in our home, so we actually need five routers to maintain a signal over the entire house, plus a microcell for cell phone reception. Trying to turn on and off five routers on a regular basis would be plain exhausting.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:33 AM   #22
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24/7/365 here. Could turn it off but can't be bothered.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:33 AM   #23
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Why would a WiFi connection ever be turned off unless rebooting the router?
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I didn't even vote because I have never even heard of anyone turning off their router every day. I have had mine on 24/7 nearly continuously for over a decade. Routers are not exactly a hot new invention.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:35 AM   #24
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24/7

As a few others have mentioned, it's infrastructure. Not unlike electricity in each room.

We even have the main router and cable modem on a UPS. It's fun (and actually useful) to be able to use the internet from a battery operated device when the power goes out in a storm.
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I didn't even know my router had a switch.
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Prior to this thread, it never even occurred to me that turning those things off was an option. I thought they were like refrigerators...you just leave them on all the time.
Same here.
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No option for 24/7? The only time my router goes down is when the power company or ISP takes it down by signal disruption.
Same here - and has been that way for over 10 years. Even in the motorhome.

Even when we leave the house for extended periods. Our security camera can send us emails - it has a hardwired connection, but we just leave everything up.
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As a few others have mentioned, it's infrastructure. Not unlike electricity in each room.

We even have the main router and cable modem on a UPS. It's fun (and actually useful) to be able to use the internet from a battery operated device when the power goes out in a storm.
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We don't ever power down our laptops either - they just sleep.
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We don't ever power down our laptops either - they just sleep.
I used to turn my printer off, as I may not use it for days, or even weeks. Then I measured it with my kill-a-watt meter - the sleep mode is so low it wouldn't even register. I figured I was doing more harm with the power-up/down cycle wear and tear than just leaving it on (though that is mechanical), or maybe the power burst from on/off was greater than days worth of idle, so it's on all the time now.

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Old 11-23-2013, 11:46 AM   #30
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When first installed in 2008, we turned the wi-fi on when we booted the household PC about 7 each morning and turned both off about 10 each evening, so 15 hours per day. But now with 10 devices that use wi-fi, ours is on almost 24/7. Our wireless router seems to need re-booting about once a day so off for a few minutes or when we will be leaving the house for more than a day.
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Maybe I'm misreading you here, but that sounds rather rude. IOW, you got what you wanted so the heck with everyone else?
No more than your post #15. And no one else objected to my OP/poll that I noticed.

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"People" are free to share/learn as they see fit. I provided background in #12 (before your #15) and then an extensive 3rd party view in #16.

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No option for 24/7? The only time my router goes down is when the power company or ISP takes it down by signal disruption.
24/7 here, even when we are away so I can control the DVR. Ours is on a UPS and twice in the last year we have lost power for several hours but with the UPS, iPad, iPod Touch and laptops we have always had internet access.

Note that our U-Verse modem includes wifi so separate wifi router.
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It never crossed my mind to ever turn it off. I don't even understand why someone would do that.
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:51 PM   #34
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I know someone who has the crackpot idea that Wifi is harmful. So she insists that it be off unless it's needed for iPad and iPhone.

She's in front of the computer for hours at a time. Computer has a wired connection. But there's more electromagnetic radiation being right by the computer than generally having Wifi signals throughout the house.
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And if it's not your own Wifi, there is Wifi from neighbors, cell phone networks, NSA microwaves, etc.
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It never crossed my mind to ever turn it off. I don't even understand why someone would do that.
Reboots are often good medicine. Ours goes off with a desktop computer if we are away for several days.
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24/7 here, even when we are away so I can control the DVR.
Just got a software update on our TiVo and can now watch recorded programming from it on my iPhone/iPad while we're away from home.

Obviously need the home network up and running for this to work.

I actually tried this for the first time today to see how it worked. I was sitting in a comfy chair at Nordstrom's, took out my iPhone, and it worked few well using the stores WiFi. I could imagine using this to watch something while we're sitting in a hotel somewhere - if the hotel network is up to snuff.
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On all the time. Comcast cable modem with TV and phone bundle. Apple airport router, 2 iPads, 2 iPhones, Apple TV, 1 desktop, eprinter, sometimes my work laptop. Adding some security cameras. At vacation condo I just use 4g on my iPad
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24/7 here also. I have never heard of turning it off. My son ordered it and set it up for me, and I feel certain he would have said something if having it on all the time was a problem.
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If I am going to travel overnight or more I unplug the computers the router and the modem as well as the printer, more to prevent lighting strikes from hurting. Other than that it stays on.
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