Internet Routers - Don't turn them off?

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  • 400ixl
    400ixl Posts: 2,785 Forumite
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    ecraig said:
    My BT router firmware was last updated in October. Before that was February.
    I'd have no worries in turning off my router for the sake of missing 2 firmware updates per year. Which probably actually happened during the daytime. 
    You appear to be missing the December update. Updates on those happen between 0200 and 0400 typically.
  • ecraig
    ecraig Posts: 226 Forumite
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    400ixl said:
    ecraig said:
    My BT router firmware was last updated in October. Before that was February.
    I'd have no worries in turning off my router for the sake of missing 2 firmware updates per year. Which probably actually happened during the daytime. 
    You appear to be missing the December update. Updates on those happen between 0200 and 0400 typically.
    But how is this possible since I never turn my router off??
    Clearly they don't follow their schedule!
  • waqasahmed
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    propnut said:
    Nonsense. I have been a network engineer for over 35 years and have worked for some of the biggest names in the industry. Only very poorly designed devices will end up with a firmware corruption from repeated shutting down. The guys at the call centres have all the knowledge of a 5 year old. 

    My home network gear consumes 50w/hour because it is industry grade. As a result I have all components on a smart plug that turns them off every night at 0:01 and back on at 6:00am.
    Tbf proper enterprise kit isn't designed to be repeatedly power cycled as they're meant to go onto DCs

    Stuff that enterprises sent to homes though? Nah

    We used to send Cisco 887s to SMEs and a bunch of then would both pay for monitoring AND turn the router physically off
  • propnut
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    edited 23 January 2023 at 6:22PM
    propnut said:
    Nonsense. I have been a network engineer for over 35 years and have worked for some of the biggest names in the industry. Only very poorly designed devices will end up with a firmware corruption from repeated shutting down. The guys at the call centres have all the knowledge of a 5 year old. 

    My home network gear consumes 50w/hour because it is industry grade. As a result I have all components on a smart plug that turns them off every night at 0:01 and back on at 6:00am.
    Tbf proper enterprise kit isn't designed to be repeatedly power cycled as they're meant to go onto DCs

    Stuff that enterprises sent to homes though? Nah

    We used to send Cisco 887s to SMEs and a bunch of then would both pay for monitoring AND turn the router physically off
    I was a Senior Systems Engjneer for Cisco based out of their Bedfont lakes offices for 9 years. There is a very big difference between data centre gear like a Nexus 9000 chassis and an SME product like an 887.

    Enterprise does NOT necessarily mean DC it can be any equipment purchased by an Enterprise including kit for SOHO deployment which is the subject matter here and once again turning it off once a day is well within the safety margins for this kit.
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