Shut down router or unplug it?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by FattysGoneWild, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild LI Guru Member

    I was wanting to know if either makes a difference. Currently I have been unplugging my cable modem and then unplug the router. Should I be shutting down the router first in the Tomato gui?
  2. phuque99

    phuque99 LI Guru Member

    Maybe if you have some scripts that is critical to run during shutdown. All routers are solid state devices and I've yanked the cable out from them all the time.
  3. szfong

    szfong Network Guru Member

    Shutdown, it'll tell you it's safe to unplug, then unplug.

    I've corrupted the nvram on many occasions, while it's writing/saving settings to nvram and the router crashes (usually) & sometimes when unplugging. Tomato is not as prone it seems, dd-wrt for example will actually write to nvram quite often. It can cause the router to not restart, and recoverable only through tftp, although 30-30-30 reset is also known to work.
  4. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild LI Guru Member

    Oh snap! I will be shutting it down then. Hope fully I did not do any thing to it while unplugging it a few times. Dumb question. But when you shut it down through the gui. How do you get it back on? Just unplug it and then plug it back in?
  5. Low-WRT

    Low-WRT LI Guru Member

  6. szfong

    szfong Network Guru Member

    I just wanna add that for Tomato it's quite safe to just unplug power. Just don't do it while saving stuff to nvram. While testing various firmware in the past, the router sometimes crashes while saving OR I though it crashes simply cuz it took too long to save and I just unplug to restart, rendering it in a "broken" state. For a stable firmware like Tomato, either way works.
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