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It's fine to turn off your router when gone, and equally fine to leave it on. There are advantages to both.
I'm running Windows 7 with Windows Live Mail. My question is whether I should disconnect my wired router while away for two months. Should I leave the internet connected via the router or just leave the broadband modem connected?
In this excerpt from Answercast #93 I look at safety and access issues involved in turning a router off, or leaving it on, while on vacation.
Well, it depends, really, on only one thing.
If there is ever any reason that you might want to access those computers remotely while you are away, or have someone use those computers and the internet, then you'll want to leave everything connected.
Otherwise, if I'm going to go away for two months and I don't see a reason for the computer to actually be running - I'd turn everything off. I'd turn the computers off, turn the router off, turn the modem off - there's just no reason for them to be sucking up power for two months when I know that I'm not going to be using them.
But, in my case, regardless of where I travel, regardless of what I do, I'm likely to want to use one of my computers back home. I use remote access; I use a number of other things so I actually leave everything running all the time whether I'm at home or not.
It's fine to leave it running as long as your network is set up safely. That means you've got anti-malware software in place, you've got a firewall in place (which if you've got a router you do); it means you've got all of the appropriate security in place for your machines and your network.
I actually don't see any problem leaving everything running while you're away if you think you might have need for it while you're away. Then, the nice thing is that things like Windows Update will continue to happen, and it's not something you'll then have to deal with the moment you come home.
But really, bottom line, it's kind of up to you.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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