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Unplugging STBs when not in use?
EphSooner
Newbie

We've bought some power-saver surge protectors so we can unplug electronic devices when not in use.

I know I have to keep the router plugged in, and I'll probably keep the DVR plugged in as well.

But as for my other two STBs (one HD, one SD), is there any reason not to unplug those when not in use?  Do they need to stay connected to the network for any reason? 

Since the first answer to most STB problems seems to be "try unplugging it first" it seems that regular unplugging should be okay, but will I wear them out early by essentially rebooting several times a week?

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Re: Unplugging STBs when not in use?
spacedebris
Master

Probably not a good idea. The stb's do not draw a lot of power so your not going to save much money. And Verizon is constantly updating and "upgrading" (this is debatable in some cases) the stbs, and they do it at night when it is least likely to affect people watching tv. If your boxes are unplugged they wont update when they are told to do it. Probably would not be a huge issue but why tempt fate.

Now if you are going to be away for some time, like on a vacation, then yes, definitely unplug them. In fact unplug all your major electronics. But on a day to day basis, no, leave them plugged in.

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Re: Unplugging STBs when not in use?
ekem015
Specialist

Probably not a good idea. Your STB is frequently updating its guide data, so if it loses power that won't happen.

I've never been a huge fan of the whole power-saving movement anyway. Most new electronics are enginereed to use very little power. In this day and age there are some things that just need to stay plugged in and connected to networks. If that means a few dollars more on a power bill, then so be it. But that's just my two cents.

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