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Rebooting your Router

Why Should You Reboot Your Router?

While there is no official recommendation on how often you should reboot your router, large router manufacturers all recognize that restarting your router has many positive results.

From resetting connections to repairing minor problems, there are tons of benefits!

Faster Connections

A faster connection is the most immediate result of a router reboot. If you’re ever finding that your internet speeds are slowing down, a simple reboot might be all that you need to get everything running quickly again.

Rebooting your router repairs connections and clears out a ton of piled up stored data, and it can even help you maintain good connections with all of your devices. This is the primary reason you should reboot your router periodically, but it’s not the only one.

Fix Minor Problems

The joke runs that if you’re having a problem, the first thing IT is going to ask you is if you’ve unplugged it and plugged it back in. While it might be frustrating when they ask, the reason they do is simple, and it can resolve many problems.

Of course, you don’t truly need to unplug it and plug it back in; what you need to do is reboot it. If you’re having connection issues or are facing inconsistent speeds, a router reboot might be precisely what you need to get things running like new.

Prevent Hacking

While rebooting your router won’t prevent significant malware attacks from taking place, they can kick some of the malware out of the system. Rebooting your router won’t fix everything, but anything that makes it even a little harder on the hacker is worth the few extra steps.

If you suspect that someone has hacked your router, we recommend a full factory reset of your router – but even this might not fix all of your problems. If you’ve tried both a reboot and a reset and still have issues, consult an IT expert to get your device repaired.

Rebooting vs. Resetting Your Router

Rebooting your router is the easiest thing that you can do to try and resolve any issues that you might be having. It’s quick, easy, and doesn’t have any drawbacks. However, if you’re still having problems after a simple reboot, the next thing to try is factory resetting your router.