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Old 05-29-2011, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Let me begin with: this is not my area of expertise...

I like to leave the router turned on as I move my lap top to different rooms throughout the day....this is no doubt frowned upon by some, but besides electricity, is it a poor/harmful/stupid idea for any reason?

Thanks
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Old 05-29-2011, 01:29 AM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Let me begin with: this is not my area of expertise...

I like to leave the router turned on as I move my lap top to different rooms throughout the day....this is no doubt frowned upon by some, but besides electricity, is it a poor/harmful/stupid idea for any reason?

Thanks
I have never heard of anyone who turns of their router off. They are not really designed to be turned off. I can not think of any good reason to turn it off. The power saving would be negligible.
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Old 05-29-2011, 09:13 AM
 
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I have never heard of anyone who turns of their router off. They are not really designed to be turned off. I can not think of any good reason to turn it off. The power saving would be negligible.
I agree, mine doesnt even have on/off button.

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this is no doubt frowned upon by some
No doubt,, i have plenty of doubt about this,,,
never have I heard of people frowning about their wireless network..
If you live in a building, you will get 10 wireless network and they are on 24/7.
Mine is 24/7, and also that little router uses very very small amount of electricity.
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I think the concern isn't the wasted power consumption but the risk of someone hacking into your network. Even with the best encryption on the router, it becomes a debate as to whether the convenience of turning the router off and on is worth the added security of making it impossible to hack the network while the router is off. Someone could argue any network can be hacked.
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Thanks, that was what I wondered about~

gbh
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I think the concern isn't the wasted power consumption but the risk of someone hacking into your network. Even with the best encryption on the router, it becomes a debate as to whether the convenience of turning the router off and on is worth the added security of making it impossible to hack the network while the router is off. Someone could argue any network can be hacked.
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Old 05-29-2011, 01:14 PM
 
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I think the concern isn't the wasted power consumption but the risk of someone hacking into your network. Even with the best encryption on the router, it becomes a debate as to whether the convenience of turning the router off and on is worth the added security of making it impossible to hack the network while the router is off. Someone could argue any network can be hacked.
Well yes, but what are the odds that a hacker is actually withing 50 feet of you apartment/house..
Also just do a MAC Address restriction where only your computer can log in, that would be extremely secure.
also do the regular encryption of 128 bits..
It would be very difficult to break this 2, and someone that can, would be more interested in breaking into better systems.
Like Sony in their PS3 systems.
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Old 05-29-2011, 01:21 PM
 
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Well yes, but what are the odds that a hacker is actually withing 50 feet of you apartment/house..
Also just do a MAC Address restriction where only your computer can log in, that would be extremely secure.
MAC address filtering and hiding the SSID are nearly useless as security measures since they only keep your honest neighbors from accidentally using your network. Use a strong (see: https://www.grc.com/passwords.htm) WPA2 passcode and the odds of getting hacked are remote.

I just saw your edit. I hope your aren't encouraging people to use 128 bit WEP.
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Old 05-29-2011, 02:11 PM
 
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MAC address filtering and hiding the SSID are nearly useless as security measures since they only keep your honest neighbors from accidentally using your network. Use a strong (see: https://www.grc.com/passwords.htm) WPA2 passcode and the odds of getting hacked are remote.

I just saw your edit. I hope your aren't encouraging people to use 128 bit WEP.
What he said!
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Old 05-29-2011, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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Routers are designed to be on 24/7/365.
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Old 05-29-2011, 02:47 PM
 
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If it was meant to be turned off, it would have a power switch.

Securing your router (change the default password, disable wireless or internet management) WPA2 and a "strong" passphrase (i.e. not your dogs name or your ssid) will secure your wireless. Today many routers also have the ability to schedule turning the wireless off when you don't need it.
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