Do You Leave the Modem Running 24/7? Why?

For: Smart devices, convenience, security cameras
Against: Electricity, environment, hacking if left open all the time

Modem cycling is good or not?

Poll Options

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    No: Save electricity, save the environment
  • 276
    Yes: Smart everything

Comments

  • +11 votes

    Modem and computer are on 24/7.

  • +1 vote

    Yes, just because.
    Realistically someone in the house might access the internet for all but about 5 hours of the 24.
    .

  • +1 vote

    Yes because I have smart lights and a smart air conditioner and a few Google Home devices

  • +38 votes

    You missed an option:
    Yes - because I'm too lazy to turn it off when I'm done and on again when I need it

  • +73 votes

    if i saw a person that i know turns their modem off/on to save power. i would cross the street to avoid them.

    • +8 votes

      Someone revoked their No vote because of you

      • +2 votes

        Lol :)

      • +2 votes

        Yay for peer pressure 👍

    • +4 votes

      I see a lot of people doing that lately

  • +6 votes

    Hacking fear is almost laughable. Mine is on cos I'm lazy and sometimes download overnight.

  • +6 votes

    If you’re the only user, sure then go for it. But if you live with others and turn off the modem?…. heaven help you.

  • +11 votes

    Estimated cost to leave my modem on 24/7 is less than $1 a month.

    Electronics last much longer when left on 24/7 according to egg-spurts.

    If I'm not hacked while I'm actively using my computer I doubt if I'll be hacked when I'm not.

    • +5 votes

      Yep, powering on and off leads to heating and cooling, leading to expansion and contraction, possibly leading to poor contacts. Leave it on all the time, constant tenp, the patricians choice.

    • -4 votes

      You had better start BTC mining if that the case as you have the lowest electricity prices in the world .
      Oops back to reality we have some of the highest world prices in this country !

      • +2 votes

        or you know that's how much it actually costs. A device that consumes 6 W on average would only cost $12 a year at a price of 23 cents per kWh which is in the reasonable range for a modem.

  • +2 votes

    electrics generally break when you turn them on, light bulbs best example

    pretty anal to turn off a modem every night, what happens when you get that 2am porn hub urge

    • +2 votes

      You use mobile data.

      • +4 votes

        i want HD and no buffering.

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          I'll let you take out the er and have buffing lol

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          So mobile data????

  • +4 votes

    how is this even a question…of course its always on. mines on 24/7, no idea why you would ever turn it off

  • +2 votes

    Modem, switches, servers the whole lot stay on at night. A lot of effort to shut down and startup every day.

  • +1 vote

    What about those who got kids/teens who like to limit interwebz?

    • +2 votes

      Take their devices away at night?

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        Change password

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      Maybe, but do some parenting and help them learn about the dangers and negatives possibly better.
      When my 12 yo was doing an online game with friends (all in their homes) and they suspected that someone on line was a predator it was a joy to watch them take him/her/it apart…..

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      Separated VLAN which block internet access after certain time during the night. Just have basic ads/malware filter via local dns and block external dns. That until they figure out dns via tls/https.

      Imo I occasionally check connection logs which are logged for a month. As long there are not visiting illegal stuff or using VPN to hide their traffic.

      No point blocking porn/social media, they will figure way around it. I know my friend who limit their children/teen computer/internet and I found gbs of porns in their share computer when I was fixing it because it being slow due to a cyrtominer that magically appeared on their computer one day.

      In terms of predators/porn/internet, have talk with your children. Imo they don't complain, ad blocker works greats on pornsite so no accidental malware/adware.

  • +2 votes

    Yes because otherwise the phone doesn't work.

  • +2 votes

    Why? Coz it's 2020.

  • +1 vote

    Yes because……that's all

  • +5 votes

    Modem is always on but everything else is turned off when not in use. I am not lazy so don't have any smart garbage littered around my abode.

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    Never even thought to turn it off. But I’ve got eufy cams, so need on!

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    Yes so I can wake up to see all my notifications:)

  • +1 vote

    With NBN I need the modem on to use the "land line". (I have an elderly person at home who just doesn't understand a mobile phone).

    • +1 vote

      Is that elderly person called woodg? :p

  • +1 vote

    Because I value my time.

  • +1 vote

    Turn off your modem and your IP address can change. This can be a problem for some.

  • +8 votes

    I'm not sure i'd want to live with the kind of person who turns off their modem/router at night. That's a red flag.

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      Next step is PostIt notes on light switches and unscrewing light bulbs.

  • -1 vote

    pr0n 24x7

  • +8 votes

    no point just turning the modem off, still plenty of standby waste from other things
    so every night I switch off every fuse except the fridge, then shut off the water and gas supplies, then into the garage to disconnect the car battery and empty the kids food tray so they dont snack too much

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    My computer runs updates overnight and a system backup at 5am. It's always online. I export more PV power than I use so I don't mind the cost/environmental hit.

  • +1 vote

    computer - no, modem - yes

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    I have home servers downloading stuff 24/7. They aren’t so useful if I turn the modem off.

  • +1 vote

    always on, but parents used to turn theirs off after they watched a 60 minutes or ACA segment on wifi radiation.

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    No point of doing that, even won’t significantly drop your electricity bills.

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    Our modem goes off at 11pm at night and comes back on at 8am because I've got teenagers who sometimes find it tempting to sit up late and play computers/XBox far later than they need to (especially on school nights if the hubs and I have gone to bed earlier than them) and an 8yo who can sometimes get distracted by watching TV or watching stuff on her iPad when she's meant to be getting ready for school. Just easier not to have it available as they all have ADHD and so impulsivity can be a problem.

  • +1 vote

    Restarting my modem regularly ensures I get maximum speeds. I have mine on a timer. It switches off at 3am and on at 3.05am.

  • +1 vote

    Here’s a good one for you all to laugh at. I know somebody that turns their modem off every night because she thinks the 5Ghz band is 5G!! I kid you not. They are convinced 5G causes brain damage. And here’s the twist: the house has no land line and no mobile signal so that means no way for anybody to contact once the modem is off. Her husband runs a business from home that does work around the clock….

    • +2 votes

      Blatantly false.

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    Yup, i just use a timer as well, to control my own 7sage of the phone, switch off by 13am, then on by 630am. Gives the modem a rest as well.

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    On all the time. No modem, no phone

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    Leave it one because of software/firmware updates. Turning it one when you need it and that slug of updates coming down the pipes slowing things down.

  • +1 vote

    I've always prided myself on my very low electricity bills compared to family and friends, and used to make an effort to switch off overnight when it was just a modem on ADSL2. Some time before switching to the NBN (two things left on overnight) I stopped doing it. My power bill didn't really change. I did some research last year about the cost of keeping the NBN box and modem on all the time it was something like about 90c a month so that shows very little consumption and cost.

    People running their modems 24/7 wonder why they die so quick. Shock news they do run hot when you don't rest them.

    I believe from personal experience that this is semi-true actually, but in my case not because of no rest. They are designed to run all the time.

    When I first got the NBN last year I had problems with signal strength getting to the back of the house, so at first was handling both boxes several times a week for a while. On the really hot days (high 30s or low 40s) I was shocked at how hot the boxes got in my home. They sit in the front room and we rarely open those windows except after hours on hot days when the cool change comes in. The boxes were so hot you couldn't hold them for long, and yes I had them standing vertical so the vents would work. I remember one day we had to all go out during the day and I turned them off in fear of a fire starting while out because they were so hot.

    But at the end of the day, we haven't had any reports or recalls concerning all the NBN and ISP equipment causing fires so I don't think it's a problem.

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    Actually dissappointing and surprised there are no comments about the radio waves causing cancer. But I guess this ain't low freq 5G nor reddit.

  • +1 vote

    I want to, but every night my Dad just turns it off. Messes up my video downloads….

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    My modem is on 24/7 however my wifi is scheduled to turn off at 11:30pm to 7am so it's not on while we sleep.