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Can I Keep My Router on All the Time?

Reviewed By: Kevin Pocock

Last Updated on August 11, 2023
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Keeping your router on all the time is a common question. Many users prefer to do it, while others don’t. So, there is plenty of confusion about the matter. Here are some points to consider before making your decision.

Power Consumption

Keeping your router on all the time means it will consume more power. But routers are energy-efficient, so they won’t cost you too much money.

Router Lifespan

If you keep your router on all the time, it may affect its lifespan. However, most modern routers are built to handle continuous usage, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

Frequent Updates

Routers need frequent updates to keep them secure and functioning properly. Keeping your router on all the time makes it easier to receive these updates without interruption.

Internet Speed

If you turn your router off frequently, it may affect your internet speed. When you turn it on, it needs to connect to your devices, which can take some time.

Security Risks

Leaving your router on always may increase security risks significantly if you don’t change the default login credentials. Hackers can easily access your network and steal your personal information.

Power Outages

If you experience frequent power outages, turning off your router during those times may be best. Power surges and fluctuations can damage your router, causing it to malfunction.

Conclusion

Keeping your router on all the time may have some advantages and disadvantages. It is essential to consider power consumption, router lifespan, frequent updates, internet speed, security risks, and power outages before deciding. 

Keeping your router on all the time is generally safe as long as you take precautions, such as changing your login credentials and updating them regularly.

Kevin is the Editor of PC Guide. He has a broad interest and enthusiasm for consumer electronics, PCs and all things consumer tech - and more than 15 years experience in tech journalism.

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