The router is a common device, more and more present in a large majority of homes. It’s the gateway to the network of networks for many devices we have at home, beyond computers and phones. It is the node that serves to connect the connected home and hence the importance of good maintenance, a task that begins with restarting it from time to time.
A very simple process that we can carry out ourselves and that offers a series of advantages that we are now going to explain to you. In addition, we will see how often it is necessary to restart the home router in order to optimize its operation.
Benefits it brings and when to do it
The router, like the refrigerator, is a device that is usually turned on day and night. And just as in some refrigerators it is necessary to carry out specific maintenance to prevent the formation of frost and ice, with the router it is worth doing something similar. It’s just a matter of restarting it periodically. You just need to press a button and it offers a series of advantages.
It’s convenient to do this, although it seems that everything is working fine. The usual thing is that we leave the router on day and night, a device that, being powered by the current, is normal for it to heat up. It’s like a small computer and we only remember it’s there when we have connection problems.
Restarting the router is a good thing. It’s not about resetting it, it’s a different lake. By restarting it, we will not lose any data or configuration. We will only be a few seconds (minutes) without network or telephone, but this brings a series of improvements:
Connection speed is improved: Restarting the router is the easiest way to improve your connection speed, as it repairs connections and clears accumulated data, thus improving the connection on your connected devices. May fix minor issues: Restarting the router may also fix some minor issues that may arise. If there are breaks in the connection, for example, or you notice a lower speed than contracted, this can be the first help. Change your IP address: Turning off the router for 15 seconds or more and turning it back on can change your IP address. This can help you with temporary blocks or if you have privacy concerns. Eliminate potential hackers: As the first point of attack on your home network, a reboot can help eliminate potential attackers. To apply updates and patches: Restarting the router may be required for some patches and updates to be applied and downloaded silently.
With all these points, it is clear that restarting the router, leaving it off for a few minutes and then turning it on or using the “Restart” option in the router menus, offers improvements and is the first solution to possible failures.
That said, it’s time to see how often it is necessary to perform this process. It’s not something you need to do every day, nor is there a specific time interval when it’s recommended to restart the router. Some manufacturers recommend rebooting the router at least once every two months, but it’s not something fixed or required.
For this reason and since there are no established deadlines, we can say that a weekly reboot is something that does not hurt. This will not cause damage, on the contrary, it can correct possible problems.
You just have to keep in mind that during the time it restarts you will lose network connection and devices connected to each other at home will no longer be connected, so do it at times when you don’t you don’t need a connection of any kind. Once restarted, the router must reconnect to your operator and regenerate the Wi-Fi networks (2.4 and 5 GHz if it is dual-band) so that all the devices in the house can be interconnected, as well as restore the telephone connection if you use fiber.