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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%
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Old 11-24-2013, 11:15 AM   #61
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Turning off the modem and router to me would have been like unplugging the phone when you were using Prodigy back in the day.
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Old 11-24-2013, 11:24 AM   #62
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This thread got me thinking how many devices use our router and was surprised to find that we are into double figures.

2 TV's - wired
2 rokus
1 printer/scanner
1 iPod Touch
1 iPad
2 Laptops
2 Kindles
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Old 11-24-2013, 11:30 AM   #63
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And while you are still traveling and not have a fix base ?
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Old 11-24-2013, 11:35 AM   #64
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And while you are still traveling and not have a fix base ?
I still leave it on so I have control of the DVR and also can watch programs on my iPad with acces to my TV channels.
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Are you worried about security? About the Borg? I am 58486153of ten trillion instead of seven of nine? If your spouse is security conscious that might be the concern.
I only reset mine when I loose connection. It is always a miracle to me that it finds its way to reconnect.
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I am also learning I'm a cretin relative to many here in not having more wireless devices with only a laptop, 2 iPads and recently 2 smartphones. Our TV's and DVR are not connected, though I am guessing we'll want Apple TV, Roku or an equivalent one day. And I haven't bought a wireless printer or thermostat yet, though when/if the incumbents fail I am sure I'll buy wireless models. I'm not opposed to initial purchase prices on devices, but I try to avoid as many "subscription services" as possible, LBYM and all...
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On 24/7

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Lots of stuff connected to my network, although usually not at the same time:

1 Smart TV
1 DVR/Satellite Receiver
1 Game console
1 Kindle
1 Kindle Fire
2 Smartphones
1 Wireless printer
2 computers
1 NAS

This doesn't include a whole slew of USB devices wired to the main computer

Soon to add a Nexus 7 tablet and camera with wifi
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I never turn it off. Even if I wanted to turn it off, there is no easy way to do it.
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I never turn it off. Even if I wanted to turn it off, there is no easy way to do it.
Unplug the power connector, that's all.
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I thought everyone kept their wireless networks on 24X7. For us, it powers:
2 iPads
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1 laptop
1 desktop that is using a wireless usb adaptor

That said, not all of the devices remain on 24x7, although some do
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I never turn it off. Even if I wanted to turn it off, there is no easy way to do it.
I was having some problems where I was having to reset my cable modem and/or wireless router 3 or 4 times a week. I got tired of trying to unplug the cords from the back or crawl under the desk to unplug from the power strip, so I moved a power strip up to the shelf where they sit and just flick the switch on that.

I've since found that lowering the MTU size on my wireless router fixed a lot of problems (I had my wifi connection and an internet connection but some devices just couldn't get to anything on the internet), but the cable service itself is a bit flaky and it's still worth the power reset when it goes out before calling.
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I use wireless for my phone and a Kindle, but both computers - a laptop and a tower - are "hardwired". Trying to convince myself to crawl into the attic, and add a cat5 connection for the "entertainment center", though I have no immediate need for it. May in the future though.
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Unplug the power connector, that's all.
The same device provides the TV.
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I use wireless for my phone and a Kindle, but both computers - a laptop and a tower - are "hardwired". Trying to convince myself to crawl into the attic, and add a cat5 connection for the "entertainment center", though I have no immediate need for it. May in the future though.
Consider MoCA. It's the way it comes, with Verizon FiOS but I think with one more device you can do it with any home cable Internet service.
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All of our computer stuff is on all the time except the printers. I have just sent away for a Kill a Watt. I have double bagged our Verizon FiOS fiber modem and the separate WiFi router. They are on both a APC UPS with about 20 minutes of backup there. Plus I have 7 - 10 days of backup on my new, very much prized new house toy, our propane powered automatic whole house generator! It has its own, separate from the house furnace's, 425 gallon propane tank. So when there is a power failure, the UPSs take over for about 6 - 7 seconds, then the generator starts and we are good to go! With propane truck delivery refills, I only need to stop for generator oil changes!

The genset is new this year so I am looking forward to snuggling under a blanket with my wife in my nice warm house watching our new big screen HDTV while the power is off due to an ice or snow storm. I can't wait.

We live in the woods on the end of a gravel road and have a well pump that the generator also powers. That's the real reason for the generator. But I have wanted one since I was 14 years old when we had the big east coast power failure of 1968.

Now (based on another thread) I am rich "beyond my wildest dreams" and can have some of my childhood fantasies fullfilled. I am also grateful that I get to literally sleep with an actual girl. I have always loved that part of having my wife by my side in bed. I have known her for over 42 years and been married for 37. I am just so happy I can't believe it! And I owe it all to WiFi!

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I still leave it on so I have control of the DVR and also can watch programs on my iPad with acces to my TV channels.
My DVR is software-based and downloads TV schedules, so even when I'm travelling, everything (modem, router), stays running. But one of the other developers of the DVR solution had me code a configurable delay since he has some fancy power strip that senses when the PC comes on for a "scheduled task". When that happens, the strip turns on some "switched outlets" where he has his modem and router plugged-in. But that guy is an exception to the rule, as we've seen in the replies here...He's also an energy conservation consultant!
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I've just got a new reason to leave my wifi on when we are traveling. I bought a security camera this week and will use it to look in while we are away. One of the presets will point it to the thermometer. I also set up email alerts that send an email with 3 photos each time motion is detected. (It's easy to turn the alarm setting on and off remotely).

I was amazed at how inexpensive it is. Only cost $48, plus I'm getting a $15 manufacturer rebate. It arrived Monday afternoon and by teatime I had it connected via wireless and accessible over the internet.

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I'm looking at getting a dimmer, a transceiver for my garage door opener and maybe a Wifi thermostat.

However, the flip side of this is that some of these may be vulnerable to hacks. So for instance, would you want your garage door remotely openable by hackers?

Someone was saying they were pushing things like the Android operating system used for smart phones and tablets to appliances. But these smart appliances may give hackers a potential vector into your home, by putting things online that weren't connected previously.
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I've just got a new reason to leave my wifi on when we are traveling. I bought a security camera this week and will use it to look in while we are away. One of the presets will point it to the thermometer. I also set up email alerts that send an email with 3 photos each time motion is detected. (It's easy to turn the alarm setting on and off remotely).

I was amazed at how inexpensive it is. Only cost $48, plus I'm getting a $15 manufacturer rebate. It arrived Monday afternoon and by teatime I had it connected via wireless and accessible over the internet.

IP Camera, Network Camera - Tenvis.com
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Sure hope you read the Amazon reviews on this camera, which were pretty bad (except for the paid reviews...).

My daughter had one of their products in her home last year. It died in a few months. Seems to me that lots of Chinese knock offs are all over the place these days and are not of high quality (not just this camera for sure). I hope it works well for you and lasts a long time.
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