How to reboot your equipment
You will likely have heard the old adage of ‘turn it off and on again’ when it comes to your electronic devices, often as a go to answer to all problems. Although this is often a tongue in cheek suggestion, it is in fact a very good idea, whether you have a problem currently or want to avoid problems in the future. Power cycling your devices can be seen in its simplest form as giving them a refresh – over time your devices may have a build-up of information on their memory. By turning them off and on again, this clears this temporary memory, often giving a device a new lease of life.
Another reason could be that your devices have lost power due to a power cut. If this happens, your device will suddenly shut down as a result and will not have the opportunity to take the necessary steps to make sure it can come back online as expected. If this happens, it’s recommended that you carry out a more ‘controlled’ power cycle, to allow the device the opportunity to both shut down and come back on in its usual way which can also resolve your problems.
Power cycling your equipment is a very simple process, the easiest way is to switch off the devices at the mains. The part which most people don’t realise is required, is to ensure the device is left off for 1-2 minutes, before turning back on. As we mentioned above, this will allow the device to shut down properly and then come back online from a better state.
It’s also important to turn off ALL your equipment and not just your router, if you are having any issues such as slow speeds, disconnections etc, to rule out any lingering problems with any devices. This includes the router, your device and the main source of internet coming into your home. This could be an ONT, if you are on a fibre connection or a PoE brick, if you’re on a wireless connection, with a dish on your roof.