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Old 11-23-2013, 02:16 PM   #41
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24x7. I designed 11n wireless receivers for the last few years before retiring.
So...if you were replacing personal equipment in the near future (next few months), would you stick with 11n or go with (possibly wait for) 11ac, 11ad, 11ah or something else?
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Old 11-23-2013, 02:24 PM   #42
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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.
+1 on lightning...
...and, don't trust a surge protector. Last year a nearby strike (didn't even affect the lighting in the house or any other "plugged in" items)...but... right through two surge protectors, and destroyed, main modem, Vonage modem, router, and a Roku.... just under the insurance deductible.
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So my cable modem & router are NOW on one power strip/surge protector that will only be turned off when we travel (like we'll actually remember) so 24/7. And the desktop PC and other peripherals are on another PS/SP that'll be turned on/off once or twice a day. Thanks all...
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So my cable modem & router are NOW on one power strip/surge protector that will only be turned off when we travel
Until you decide you would like control of your Nest thermostat and security video cameras while you're away.
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So...if you were replacing personal equipment in the near future (next few months), would you stick with 11n or go with (possibly wait for) 11ac, 11ad, 11ah or something else?
To me that depends on how you are using it. If you are just going to the internet, that is the bottleneck, not your wireless speed. If you are doing a lot of file transfers between computers on your home network, or local gaming, a faster wireless might be worthwhile.
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If you want to protect against a lightening strike taking out equipment, you better unplug it as just turning it off is not going to be effective.
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I suspect there may be some who already rely on cellular connections at home more than WiFi, we're not there (yet).

Interesting (IMO) related article http://www.cisco.com/web/about/ac79/..._Consumers.pdf
IMHO- Cellular connections are not reliable enough in most non-urban areas to completely replace WiFi. I know things are better in the best urban areas, but even in sections of many big suburbs cell coverage is less than stellar. In my suburban home cell signals from 'Big 4' carriers (VZ,ATT, Sprint, TMO) are all marginal (0-2/4 bars), so I generally default to WiFi calling.

Obviously, my router is on (& encrypted) 24/7/365.
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Old 11-23-2013, 05:31 PM   #48
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FYI I just checked the power useage with my P3 Kill-A-Watt. APC 550VA/330W Battery Backup, Motorola SB6121 cable modem, Netgear WNR2000 N Router, Vonage VOIP adaper and a Vtech DECT 6.0 wireless phone consumed a combined total of 20 Watts. That setup won't cost much to run 24/7.
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Old 11-23-2013, 06:40 PM   #49
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FYI I just checked the power useage with my P3 Kill-A-Watt.
I should get one of these. It will give me another thing that I can track and optimize in spreadsheets.
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Old 11-23-2013, 07:35 PM   #50
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Old 11-23-2013, 07:51 PM   #51
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I'm not tethered to the Internet. My router (ca. 2002) was given to me by my work. I rarely use my desktop, only for financial and email. My posts here are mostly on an iTouch (exception YouTubes that I hope aren't too excessive) and when the TV is stinking up the joint. I do have a Kindle that I enable to get a book purchase.

But the answer for me is that I leave it on all the time until it loses its mind and I notice that and I follow my Dad's advice: kick it in the slats.
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:12 PM   #52
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24/7 here also. Never thought about turing it off it as we use it most of the time unless we are sleeping.
I also unplug devices during storms.
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Sorry to be boring but I'm going to have to go with the behavior of the majority here and say that mine is on 24/7/365 also.
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:00 AM   #55
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I didn't even know my router had a switch.

Mine doesn't (Apple time capsule). You would have to unplug it.

Mine's also on always. Connected to it are:

2 iPhones
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Old 11-24-2013, 04:35 AM   #56
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Add a few more when the kids visit.

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Old 11-24-2013, 06:50 AM   #57
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With minor (but significant exception) modern, communications-related electronics is designed to be left on all the time, with the most significant contributor to wear-out being the power cycling (turning it off and turning it back on).

The exceptions aren't trivial: Display screens of all sorts incur more wear during power cycling, but their wear during ongoing use is so significant that the net is in favor of power cycling. Also, laptop computers are designed with extra robustness in various components to account for their tendency to be power cycled.

Power consumption is another matter. Where the break-even is will depend on your appetite for replacing much of the electronic equipment you buy shortly after the warranty period expires.
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Router and modem are plugged into a UPS/power conditioner. This takes care of many problems. Still need an occasional reboot of router or modem for whatever reason.

The power useage of router and modem is very low compared to other electronics. For instance, the comcast TV box is an absolute glutton. I measured the draw of these things a while back.

Off the top of my head, we may have 20 devices accessing the router, so it would not work well to turn it off.
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Never thought much about this... Our electricity cost is so low, @less than $.07 KWH that just about everything is on all the time.
Wireless modem (no security)
Wireless router secured
Do you have a WIFI modem bringing in the feed from the ISP and an attached second router that you use to support your devices? I used to do that because I needed the multiple outputs of a router that the modem would not support. But if that is your setup why leave the WIFI signal on in the modem, or more particularly, why leave it unsecured?
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