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Router reset timer: $10 (or less) well spent

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Every wireless router I’ve owned needed rebooting every once in a while—usually a matter of unplugging it for a few seconds. My TRENDnet TEW-812DRU router is no exception, but I’ve automated rebooting with an inexpensive router reset timer.

My router is behind my HDTV on my media cabinet, and it’s a bit of a pain to reach around the TV to unplug it. Based on some articles I’ve read, I decided to buy an inexpensive digital timer to turn the router off and then turn it back on.

I chose the Woods 50008 Indoor 7-Day Digital Outlet Timer (usually less than $10) for two reasons:

  • You can schedule a one-minute increment for the power to be turned off. I have mine scheduled to go off at 2:59 a.m. and come back on at 3:00 a.m. each morning. This timer also lets you schedule for just a few days of the week and to create up to 20 on/off schedules, but those features are overkill for my particular purpose.
  • It is smaller, so it doesn’t hog a lot of space on the surge protector.

Since I installed the timer, my wireless connection has been more reliable. Sure, I could continue to troubleshoot by checking the router’s firmware and so on, but all my earlier efforts in troubleshooting yielded little results. I’d rather let a $10 timer do its job so I’m free to focus on other—and more enjoyable—things.

P.S. I see no reason to invest in a fancy router reset timer when a $10 digital timer yields good results.

P.P.S. If you wanted the ability to turn off the router on demand without unplugging it, you could buy a remote control outlet instead of the timer.

1 Comment

  1. I wish I would have thought of this when I was having router problems. I haven’t had any stability problems with my current router, and my last one became stable after I installed DD-WRT on it. These days it’s the other linux-based device I have to worry about rebooting… my android phone.

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