You probably know you need to reset your router when the internet goes out, but here’s some news about routers that may surprise you: In order to get the most out of your wireless router you should be resetting it regularly! Yes, even when it’s not necessarily giving you trouble.
We know what you’re thinking—”Why should I have to reset my router when it’s working fine?” Well, a router is a lot like a computer. It uses memory, a processor and an operating system. So just like you’re supposed to shut down and restart your laptop on a regular basis, you should do the same with your router.
What’s more, internet service providers usually provide temporary IP addresses to the devices you connect to the internet. That means your computer’s, phone’s or iPad’s/Tablet’s IP address could change at any moment, and if your router doesn’t get the memo, that can slow things down. When you restart the router, it can get back in sync with your devices.
Think of restarting your router like flossing your teeth or changing the oil in your car—it’s just one of those things you need to do on a regular basis to keep everything in good working order.
Simply get into the habit of regularly turning it off for 10 seconds and then power it back on, wait for all the lights to come back on and you are good to go, most routers take about 2 minutes to reboot! Some have a reboot/reset button making this process even simpler!