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12-Jun-2009, 08:56 AM #1
Should I turn everything off at night?
I've been looking/asking around about this, and getting many different answers. I still don't know what is best.

After 10 + years of dialup (and not much for other options) I just got Charter Cable internet. Aside from the fact I'm psyched about this, and how fast and easy things are now, I'm not sure what to do at night.

I have everything in two surge protector plug strips (joined) and before I would shut down Windows (XP) and turn off the main switch, before going to bed at night.

Now I have this cable modem sitting here, also plugged in. I installed it myself, but talked to a tech guy at Charter before I was done. I asked him and he vaguely answered like I could just leave it on and set the computer to go on standby.

Others I know who have Cable or DSL just leave it on all the time.

Seems like it would be good to let the computer rest/cool down overnight? I've been reading about how hackers can (in theory) get into your computer when its on and idle overnight, if it's always on/connected to cable, etc.

For some reason, I'm thinking if I turn off the cable modem it might not come on again right, or it SHOULD just be left on all the time.

Since I got the cable, I have ended up shutting down the comuter, turning off the modem (and I have an external hardrive I turn off) and leaving the plug strip (and cable modem) on.
I know there are settings, like turn off power/hardrive, monitor, etc after so much time idle, maybe that is the answer? Set it to turn off after an hour or so and just go to bed? (I also have cats that like to walk over my keyboard and might end up sending emails or something (LOL)

Can anyone tell me what they do, and the benefits of the different options?

My instinct (or maybe habit) would be to shut down and turn it all off overnight, but now I have high speed cable, I'm in a different realm.
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12-Jun-2009, 09:07 AM #2
I shut mine every night. I never understood why people would leave their computer on at all times. It needs a break once in a while. A reboot is benificial too.

Shut down the computer, monitor and speakers but leave the modem on.

In the day, when I don't need the computer, I put it in Standby mode. If I'm gone for the day, I shut it down.

It saves your computer parts and energy...
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12-Jun-2009, 09:13 AM #3
That's what I've been doing.
I have the external hardrive, which doesn't shut down (power) when the computer does, the light stays on. But there is an on/off switch on it I use.
I once asked a Fireman, who was giving a talk/demonstration on fire safety, about shutting off the computer when I went out (or at night) and he said it's like anything, TV, etc. you would shut off when you leave. He also recommended unplugging appliances, like toaster, etc, too.
Shutting off the computer at night, and/or when I go out of the house makes sense.

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12-Jun-2009, 10:16 AM #4
I am in complete agreement with Phantom010.
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I am in complete agreement with Phantom010.
Awww chucks!
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12-Jun-2009, 10:39 AM #6
I also agree.
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12-Jun-2009, 10:46 AM #7
Me 4th!
I put it in standby at night and sometimes throughout the day.
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12-Jun-2009, 10:49 AM #8
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Me 4th!
I put it in standby at night and sometimes throughout the day.
You're not exactly in the same club since you do not shut it down at night...

To apply for membership, you must shut it down.
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12-Jun-2009, 11:25 AM #9
LOL, but I do once and sometimes twice a week (have already done that this week.)
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12-Jun-2009, 11:46 AM #10
what about scheduled tasks set to run at 2AM or a time when everybody shuts down?
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12-Jun-2009, 11:50 AM #11
Better let it cool down at nights it will keep your DSL box life lil longer
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12-Jun-2009, 11:54 AM #12
I don't have that set, or at least to wake the computer up.
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13-Jun-2009, 08:39 AM #13
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what about scheduled tasks set to run at 2AM or a time when everybody shuts down?
Um......set it for a different time?

I also shut mine off at night. Most other people I know do too. They leave the CABLE modem on, but shut off the computer at night.
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13-Jun-2009, 09:43 AM #14
Hibernate is another choice, instead of standby. Creates a file
for "instant" boot-up but doesn't use electricity that standby does.

As to task scheduler - I am often awake at 2am - so no problem!
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13-Jun-2009, 06:12 PM #15
I shut everything off (ADSL modem too) at night, as well as anytime I leave home. Means waiting a few secs for the modem to find its connection after boot but its really no big deal.
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