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How often should you reboot your modem and router?

Lisa Iscrupe

Aug 26, 2020 — 3 min read

It’s frustrating when your home internet equipment brings your online activities to a standstill. Instead of troubleshooting, try an ounce of prevention.

Man and woman rebooting Wi-Fi modem

Turn it off and turn it back on again. It’s funny how often this is the first piece of tech advice you get, but it’s a popular recommendation because, well, it works. 

This common technique to rid us of our tech “glitches” actually has a technical reason behind why it works. Basically, “restarting wipes out all that temporarily stored data, giving the software a clean slate to run normally again,” according to HuffPost

So, if rebooting your computer equipment can streamline your smart home or protect your online student from study interruptions, should we be paying more attention? In fact, there are several devices that automate this rebooting process to help prevent problems before they start. 

We’ll tell you how this process works and if we think it’s worth it to set up a rebooting scheduler in your home.

Benefits of rebooting your modem and router

We’ve recommended rebooting equipment as a first line of defense in several “how-to” posts across our site. Here are four reasons a quick reboot might be helpful to your home network:

Pros and cons of regularly rebooting your modem and router 

Now, on to the question of whether you should proactively reboot your equipment. On some level, the answer will depend on how often you run into issues. If you already find yourself needing to reset once or twice a week, it might be helpful to go ahead and proactively automate that process. If you only have to reboot once every few months, you can probably skip it for now. 

Pros: 

  • Can keep routing issues and glitches at bay
  • Prevents problems from happening at inconvenient times (i.e., when taking an online test or in the middle of an important Zoom meeting)
  • Can offer protection from viruses and malware

Cons:

  • May shorten the lifespan of your modem and router
  • Likely unnecessary to reboot too often
  • Adds another task to add to your daily to-do list

Of course, if you are having to reboot on a regular basis, you probably want to dive into why. For example, if your equipment is more than five years old, it may be time to invest in a new router or modem. But if you have relatively new equipment, your constant rebooting could be a sign that you need a faster internet speed for your home. 

How to automate the reboot process

Automating the task of rebooting can be a great option to simplify your home network. That way you don’t have to wait until you run into trouble to restart your devices. Plus, you can schedule your reboots for convenient times that won’t interfere with your family’s work or entertainment habits, such as in the early morning or late at night. Here are a few automated resetting devices you might want to check out.

Automatic modem reboot devices


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Lisa Iscrupe

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Lisa Iscrupe

Writer, Broadband & Data Content

Lisa uses years of experience in sales and customer service for internet-TV providers to inform her writing on broadband. Her work has been referenced by CNN and other national sources. In Lisa’s Words: Ever… Read more

Robin Layton

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Robin Layton

Editor, Broadband Content

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