Every once in a while, we all need to reboot our routers, it gives it a refresh and it’s back to running just fine. However, if you feel the need to reboot your router every day or multiple times per day, then there is definitely something wrong. Like most of your other electronic devices, your router has a central computer. When our computers get older they slow down and get glitchy, they don’t work as efficiently as they did before. The same fate can befall your router.
Even with a brand-new router, there are also some things that you can do to make sure it is running in the most effective way possible. Here are some router tips and tricks that will lessen the need to reboot.
Everyone needs to reboot their router periodically as doing so ensures that you clear out any accumulated memory or processor data that has built up over time. Rebooting starts you over fresh with a clean slate. Your router moves data through your local area network (LPN) while protecting you from nefarious online content. It also assigns IP addresses to your devices. If you don’t reboot periodically the router gets overloaded and slows to a crawl. The more devices you have in your home, the quicker it gets filled up.
To ensure that your router is running as effectively as possible, make sure that it is up to date. If there are any firmware updates available, make sure that your router has the latest version. These updates work to streamline your router’s operations and resources also preventing it from becoming overloaded. Often times a firmware update is also a good reminder to change your router password to keep it safe a secure.
Next, check your power connectors. Go to your routers plug to check the power supply. Give it a wiggle by moving it around at the port end that connects to the router itself and the plug that connects to the wall. While you are moving it around pay attention to the lights on the router, if they go out at any point then your router may not be receiving a consistent flow of power, resulting in unreliable service. To fix this check your plug, the prongs may be twisted, if so bend them back into place. If not, you may need to replace the entire power cord.
Check to see if your router is too hot. Your router should not exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. That means if it’s hot to the touch your system is probably overheating. Your router relies on passive heating, which means allowing the system’s heat to escape into the surrounding air without the use of internal fans. As a result, make sure your router is in a good place that is cool and dry and at least six inches away from any other item or wall.
Lastly, if none of that works, set up an automatic reboot. Schedule reboots so that your router refreshes itself. Doing it this way rather than manually turning it on and off or unplugging it can sometimes trick your router into behaving.
If these tips and tricks still don’t seem to be working out for you and your router it may be time to purchase a new one. If your router is older you may want to consider that it was most likely designed at a time when there were fewer devices that would connect to it. As a result, it may not be able to keep up with your household’s technological needs anymore.