My question relates to a broadband modem. I have a Thompson TG 5800 on a 580
modem supplied by my internet provider. I’ve noticed that my connection over
time starts to slow down. I was advised to switch off the modem for about 30
minutes and then check the speeds after reconnecting. I’ve done this and found
my speeds did increase to a satisfactory level. The question is: does switching
off a modem cause any problems in particular? I’ll be on holiday for two weeks
in May and I’m considering switching it off for two weeks. Would there be any
harm done to the modem?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #16, I look at turning off a modem for a week and express some
concern about the overall sluggishness of an internet connection.
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Will shutting down cause problems?
No. Turn it off.
Especially if you’re going to be gone for two weeks. There’s simply no
reason to leave it running if nobody’s going to be using it.
I’m a little concerned about the overall sluggishness that you started
While the modem certainly can be the problem, if the problem reoccurs, say
within a few hours, or a day or two of starting to use that modem again, I
would start to look at software issues. Perhaps even malware on your machine is
using your internet connection in ways that you’re unaware of.
I do know that over time (and by time I mean, like, months) modems and
routers (and any kind of semi-intelligent device that’s keeping track of the
connections you make in and out on the internet) can all use a good reboot.
It’s just the way these devices work.
They work hard keeping track of everything, but over several months, things may
have become so complex that it takes additional time for them to keep track. A
reboot resets everything and allows it to start fresh.
So, I would definitely take a look at rebooting it. If the problem comes
back quickly, then I would start to suspect some software related issues.
And, no. I’d have absolutely no problems turning that device off for your
two week vacation.
Have a good time!
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