Scheduled Reboot - Why?

eibgrad

Part of the Furniture
In theory, it shouldn't be necessary. But these routers and their firmware are imperfect. And sometimes they can work themselves into a bad state for various reasons (memory leaks, buffer overflows, etc.), where only a reboot will return a router to normal operations, at least until the next time things deteriorate. Thankfully it's the exception, but at least having the option to schedule a reboot provides a workaround if you find you're not so lucky.
 

dosborne

Very Senior Member
Lots of reasons why or why not already in this thread.
 

Tech9

Part of the Furniture
I never reboot anything for no reason. Scheduled reboot option in firmware sounds like an excuse - we know, sorry, working on it.
 

Striker317

Regular Contributor
I never reboot anything for no reason. Scheduled reboot option in firmware sounds like an excuse - we know, sorry, working on it.
i hope you are never in a position where you can't reboot.

scheduled reboot sounds like it is not for you, but can be a necessity for other people's specific use cases.
 

Tech9

Part of the Furniture
but can be a necessity for other people's specific use cases

What use cases, for example? If periodic reboots are necessary to keep the system alive, something is definitely off.
 

JGrana

Very Senior Member
I tend to agree with @Tech9 . If you need to “schedule” a reboot, you are likely covering up a problem that should be addressed. Don’t get me wrong - I have done plenty of reboots when adjusting things, adding scripts, updating firmwares. When I believe necessary.

The antithesis of this thread:


;-)
 

Tech9

Part of the Furniture
Indeed. I don't see anyone talking about the need to reboot on a regular basis. Scheduled reboot for no reason is service interruption for no reason.
 

unsynaps

Senior Member
I never reboot anything for no reason. Scheduled reboot option in firmware sounds like an excuse - we know, sorry, working on it.
Personally I consider rebooting maintenance. These are home routers not Cisco or Juniper work horses. Restarts prevent stupid things from happening when you do not expect them.
Hell I have had my FIOS ONT go tits up every so often so i put it on one of those 'away from home' timers to restart it every 3 days.

I guess you never restart your desktop computer.
 

Centrifuge

Senior Member
Indeed. I don't see anyone talking about the need to reboot on a regular basis. Scheduled reboot for no reason is service interruption for no reason.
On some level, maybe they just don't trust their routers.
 

Tech9

Part of the Furniture
I guess you never restart your desktop computer.

Your guess is correct. Only when restart is required after update or software installation. My desktop PC is on 24/7.

Hell I have had my FIOS ONT go tits up every so often so i put it on one of those 'away from home' timers to restart it every 3 days.

You may have to call the ISP. Something is not right with the equipment they have provided to you. It has to be replaced.
 
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cptnoblivious

Senior Member
On some level, maybe they just don't trust their routers.

Or don't understand how tech should work ;)

For me, if I notice 'glitchy' behaviour that requires regular reboots (that are not update / upgrade based) then I would either fix or try to replace that piece of gear.

My Desktop runs VMs and is up 24/7 unless there are patches that require reboots (which is monthly whether we're talking about new kernels for linux or patch-Tuesday for MS).

My router is up all the time unless the power goes out or there is a new Merlin version I feel needs to be installed (I'm still on 386.2_6 because nothing after seemed required to me). I do monitor the available RAM to see if anything 'leaks' but not an issue. If there was, I'd try to update versions or disable add-ons to see if I could get that under control.

There are 2 people working from home here, the gear has to work. Periodic reboots in an attempt to 'proactively' address something seems to me, to just be addressing a possible symptom and hiding the larger issue.

YMMV of course. :)
 

sbsnb

Very Senior Member
Personally I consider rebooting maintenance. These are home routers not Cisco or Juniper work horses. Restarts prevent stupid things from happening when you do not expect them.
Hell I have had my FIOS ONT go tits up every so often so i put it on one of those 'away from home' timers to restart it every 3 days.

I guess you never restart your desktop computer.
My Verizon FiOS ONT hasn't been rebooted in the six years it's been installed unless it was unknown to me. It's on a UPS and has its own internal battery backup. I've never had a power interruption last longer than the combination could handle.

My router only gets rebooted with firmware upgrades. Currently on 97 days uptime, which is when I installed this version.

My Windows 10 PC only reboots when an update forces it. When I'm not using it I do suspend to RAM. I do not reboot or turn it off.

None of this is because I'm blessed with luck, but because when I have a problem that causes instability I am compelled by my demons to hunt it down and fix it.
 

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