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Turning off a modem can actually clear up connection problems. However, you may want to explore some other methods for dealing with a sluggish system.
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.
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 with.
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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