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I have always wondered do you need to leave you wireless router on 24/7. Also I herd that they are bad on your health is this true. please tell me what you think about this?

asked Sep 23 '10 at 22:44

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I've heard about the health deal...I fear other things will kill me before my router. Gin, 28 ounce Omaha RibEyes,butter, baklava,cheese.bearnaise and alfraedos and what the French call a grauton are at the top of the list.

I leave my routers,computers,the whole rack on 24/7 and protected by a Liebert UPS. The monitors time out at :30 .

(Sep 24 '10 at 01:38) NoncDavid NoncDavid's gravatar image

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it will be fine... i left mine on for years at a time (not an exaggeration) i still run a B router... it works well enough... but yea you shouldn't have an issue

answered Sep 23 '10 at 23:39

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I have a netgear wireless g router and it is fast enough for what I do at least when using wireless. Most of the time I have the ethernet cable plugged into my laptop since I get less lag that way.

(Sep 23 '10 at 23:49) bjone1153 bjone1153's gravatar image

i use n but i am wired the router is in my room and i leave it on all the time

(Sep 24 '10 at 01:39) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

I don't see why not. They don't use a lot of electricity and produce little heat. Most electronic devices are technically not good for your health but that's another question. I suggest leaving it on.

answered Sep 23 '10 at 22:53

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Ok I probably will anyways

(Sep 23 '10 at 22:56) bjone1153 bjone1153's gravatar image

I leave mine on 24/7, as I have backups running etc.

Also I use VOIP, so if I shut down the router, no phone.

answered Sep 24 '10 at 00:01

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Don't worry about it! You are harmed more by radiation from the sun when you step outside then from that router. :)

answered Sep 24 '10 at 02:21

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I have an N duel band that runs 24/7. We may shut it down once every couple months but that's for random restarts or messing with it's location. I'd say leave it on.

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answered Sep 24 '10 at 09:41

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edited Sep 24 '10 at 09:42

I was thinking of getting this router. Do you have any suggestions of any other routers you've had or seen that are any good?

(Sep 24 '10 at 18:30) bjone1153 bjone1153's gravatar image

I love this router. It has a built in modem and I have had zero problems with it. 5 stars if you ask me.

(Sep 26 '10 at 21:31) Steven Hibbs Steven%20Hibbs's gravatar image

Thanks for the help I will be getting this router very soon.

(Sep 27 '10 at 18:51) bjone1153 bjone1153's gravatar image

I assumed they were intended to be left on all the time? I am far too lazy to be turning my network on and off every day...!

Also, I have found networks/routers give me more trouble when i'm powering them on and off frequently. I like to set them up, find a sweet spot and leave them.

answered Sep 24 '10 at 09:48

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edited Sep 24 '10 at 09:50

Yes I do leave it on all the time but I am getting a new one and was wondering if it really matters if it is left on all the time.

(Sep 24 '10 at 18:34) bjone1153 bjone1153's gravatar image

As far as health goes, there is nothing to worry about, the radio radiation it gives off is so so so low its in the mW range and unless you sleep with it under your pillow. (in which case you have bigger issues) you should be fine

answered Sep 24 '10 at 09:57

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Never gave any thought to turning off such a lower powered device.

answered Sep 24 '10 at 09:58

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My TiVo would choke if I turned off the router. Can't have that.

answered Sep 24 '10 at 11:20

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Routers are designed to run 24/7, I had my WRT54gl running for around 2 years, all uptime for both the router and the connection (connection never dropped, which is unheard of for verizon. only time that I had downtime was when I updated to a newer version of tomato (tomato 1.27)

answered Sep 27 '10 at 02:48

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