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5. Networking > 50. Optimize Your Home Router

Optimize Your Home Router

Home routers let you share broadband Internet access and build a home network. Here’s how to get the most out of your router.

It’s quite easy to set up an inexpensive router for a home network. But the default settings aren’t always optimal because no network is one-size-fits-all. And frequently, the documentation for the routers is so poor that it’s hard to tell what the settings are and what options you have.

Home router options differ somewhat from model to model. Here’s advice for how to customize the most common and most important settings:

Connect on Demand and Maximum Idle Time settings

Depending on your ISP, you might become disconnected from the Net after you haven’t used the Internet for a certain amount of time. To solve the problem, if your router has a Connect on Demand setting, enable it; that will automatically reestablish your Internet connection when you use an Internet service, even if your ISP has cut you off. If there is a Maximum Idle Time setting, set it to 0 so that your router will always maintain an Internet connection, no matter how long you haven’t used the Internet. As a practical matter, you should need to use only one of these two settings; either one will maintain a constant Internet connection for you.


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