How Often Should I Reboot My Router?

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September 9, 2022

Like any other computer, a router needs to be rebooted on a regular basis if you want to get the most out of it. In fact, your router needs to be restarted more often than a lot of your other devices. That's because it’s the one device that your network, and all your other devices, depend on to stay connected. So how often should you reboot your router, and why?

How Often Your Router Needs to Be Rebooted

There’s no magic number that you need to shoot for, but we it’s a good idea to restart your router, or mesh system, once or more per month. If you want to reboot it more frequently than that, then feel free to do so. As long as you’re restarting it regularly, you’re doing your home network and yourself a favor.

If you don’t reboot your router regularly, you’ll probably notice signs that you need to. Some signs can be more frequent disconnections, slower than usual speeds, or devices not connecting to your Wi-Fi. If any of these things happen, turn your router off and then back on.

Depending on your router, you can set it to automatically reboot however often you need it to. Find out if your Wi-Fi system is capable of this.

Why Your Router Needs to Be Rebooted

There are a few reasons why it’s good for your router to be restarted:

1. It keeps your connection strong.

If a router is on for too long, it will store too much information in its RAM. This can result in memory lag, and in turn a slower connection. Rebooting clears your router of any unnecessary information that it has stored, keeping it from lagging.

2. It protects your device from hackers

Hackers can access someone’s home network if its security is not up-do-date. Router manufacturers frequently send updates to improve their products’ security. These updates to your router remain pending until you reboot it, at which point the update will install.

3. Your router is overheating

Components inside your router generate heat, and as a result, make it prone to overheating. This can result in slower speeds and weaker, or dropped, signals. Rebooting your router will let these components cool down.

Hopefully, rebooting your router will help you keep your connection fast, improve your network’s security, and keep your router in good condition. If you still have issues with your router, try troubleshooting it.

You can also find out if you need a new router by looking out for these five signs.

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