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Switching off wireless routers and telepones

(17 Posts)
Luckylegs9 Sat 07-Nov-15 05:02:52

Can anyone advise me please. Would it cause problems restarting, if I was to switch off my wireless router and the landline hands free telephones if I were to Ho on holiday. I do worry a bit about leaving these things continuously charging

Maranta Sat 07-Nov-15 06:25:12

I think it would be fine to turn off your router. If you unplug your telephones the rechargeable batteries in the handsets might run down and you would lose any stored numbers and settings.

thatbags Sat 07-Nov-15 06:51:39

We unplug our router at night, as a way of preventing Minibags staying up too late doing stuff on her iPad. She's too lazy to come down and plug it in again. I plug it in in the morning when I get up. It takes a few minutes to start up and then it's fine.

thatbags Sat 07-Nov-15 06:52:34

If she did start plugging it back in, we'd remove the connection cord and hide it.

NfkDumpling Sat 07-Nov-15 06:54:52

grin like it Bags

thatbags Sat 07-Nov-15 06:57:17

I don't think it would hurt your telephones to be left plugged in while you're on holiday.

thatbags Sat 07-Nov-15 06:57:46

Ever resourceful, me, nfk wink

NfkDumpling Sat 07-Nov-15 06:59:47

I used to switch off our router when we went away but I don't now as we have Sky and I understand it somehow uses Wi-fi, although I haven't a clue how and I don't want to upset it.

It hadn't occurred to me to disconnect the phones.

NfkDumpling Sat 07-Nov-15 07:03:36

Come to think of it, one of our phones was left on a shelf out of DGS's reach, and the battery was dead after a couple of days, so I suppose you'd miss any messages if they record to the phone?

kittylester Sat 07-Nov-15 07:04:13

We don't turn either off when we go away but I like to live dangerously and use the washer and dishwasher overnight too. shock

Anya Sat 07-Nov-15 07:42:54

The Chemdry man was telling me they've had a spate of fires caused by LCD TVs being left on in standbye mode overnight.

cornergran Sat 07-Nov-15 07:51:22

Our BT router is turned off regularly. No problems re-starting. Leave the main phone on to pick up the messages as can then pick up remotely. The additional phones seem happy to be turned off and re-charge without problem. I get obsessive about turning things off when we go away. Drive the family bonkers checking.

Pittcity Sat 07-Nov-15 08:17:57

We have a timer on our router to stop late night internetting. It is switched off completely when we go away.
Nfk I think the internet connection to your Sky TV is separate to your Internet wifi.

lefthanded Sat 07-Nov-15 09:03:15

We always turn the router and house phone off if we are away for more than 24 hours. The risk of fire from the chargers is minimal, but why take any risk at all if you don't need to? The router starts up quite quickly when we turn it back on. It's quite possible that the phone loses it's stored numbers, I've never looked - we don't use our house phone much anyway so that isn't a problem.

And I ALWAYS turn the TV off when it's not in use. Flatscreens left on standby are a statistically significant cause of house fires as well as a waste of electricity.

Lilygran Sat 07-Nov-15 10:11:35

The BT engineer who installed the upgrade said it was perfectly OK to turn the router off. Please can anyone tell me why these devices are designed to be perpetually on standby?

ninathenana Sat 07-Nov-15 13:13:48

shock I've seriously never even thought about turning my landline and router off when away.
I must be bloody reckless.

It doesn't apply anyway as DS is here all the time.

tanith Sat 07-Nov-15 14:04:21

Never turn ours off either there are often messages left on the answer phone while we are away which would be missed . At the moment our daughter is here but she's out at work a lot, I can't see the point in turning it off.