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Do I need to leave my router on?

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Do I need to leave my router on?

Since yesterday I've been getting speed tests (ADSLGuide and PlusNet) of around 100k on my 1MB line which usually tests around 800-900K. My router is showing a line rate of 1152K and 10.2 dB noise margin. I've gone through the online test and answered all the questions but I was just wondering whether to power down the router for a couple of hours or do I now need to leave it on?
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Do I need to leave my router on?

One of the first thinks I do if I am having speed problems is to reboot PC and router and often that clears the problem for me. I think turning something off and on again is always a good idea to begin with.
If Im not experiencing any problems then I simply leave the router on.
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Connect without a firewall???

I already re-booted everything yesterday. I'm half way through the fault testing process and find that I have got to connect to the internet without a firewall. Given the amount of traffic that my firewall blocks, is this wise or safe?
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Do I need to leave my router on?

Hi longedge

As I understand it, if you have a router then you do not even need to have your PC switched on, let alone lower any software firewall you have running!
I think at most you may need to configure your router to accept "ping" from the net, then just leave your router on for the testing period.
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It's either my router or my laptop

I use my laptop 99.99% of the time and only ever switch my desktop on (which is connected via ethernet) to troubleshoot. I've done a couple of tests with the desktop and they stick out like a sore thumb -
20-06-2006 08:47:07 440
20-06-2006 08:46:39 393.2
19-06-2006 21:11:45 89.8
19-06-2006 20:14:06 932.4
19-06-2006 16:29:46 989

19-06-2006 16:12:32 367.9
19-06-2006 16:11:59 378.3
19-06-2006 12:30:06 70.8
19-06-2006 12:29:22 67.6
19-06-2006 08:18:07 105
19-06-2006 08:16:40 210.8
19-06-2006 08:16:06 328.1
19-06-2006 07:52:01 95.2
19-06-2006 07:51:31 76.8
18-06-2006 23:45:09 68.8
18-06-2006 23:44:05 79.7

so can I ask - has anyone else had this with a Belkin 7632

My laptop reports excellent strength 54Mbps connection to the router which shows line rate 1152kbps and 11.8 noise margin - all as normal.

The only thing that has changed over the weekend that I can think of is the swathe of updates that came out from MS. I'm currently awaiting a reply from Belkin but any suggestions/previous experience would be welcome :?