How Often Should You Reboot Your Router

07 Feb 2022

How Often Should You Reboot Your Router


There’s no precise rule for how often you should reboot either unit, but the most advisable will be once a month just to refresh wired, and wireless connection also just to clear the memory of the wireless gateway. 


Option 1: Power cycle your router

One way to reboot your router is to pull the plug. You won’t hurt it—in fact, power cycling is a better, faster solution than using the app or web-based backend. Why? Because you’re allowing the router’s motherboard to drain any remaining electricity and release data stored in the system memory.

Step 1: Unplug the power cord from the electrical socket.

Step 2: Wait 30 seconds.

Step 3: Plug the power cord back into the electrical socket.

Option 2: Use a compatible app

Many modern routers and wireless gateways now provide mobile apps to manage your wireless network, create a guest Wi-Fi network, and change a few settings. These apps also typically include a button somewhere within the settings that you can tap to reset the device.

Example: Use the Linksys app

From the home screen, do the following:

Step 1: Tap the Internet Slow button located in the bottom right corner.

Step 2: Tap the Restart Your Router link.

You can also reboot the router using the menu. Here’s how:

Step 1: Tap the “hamburger” icon located in the top left corner.

Step 2: Tap Network Administration.

Step 3: Tap the Restart Router button.


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