Lab equipment best practice

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Lab equipment best practice

Post by Guest » Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:00 am


Hi,     I just bought some routers and switches to study for the CCIE Voice lab.  Besides the fact that they generate a ton of heat and noise, I'd like to avoid paying 40 million dollars/month in utilities.  Is it a bad idea to start them and shut them down daily?  Someone mentioned to me that these devices are meant to stay on for long stretches and that it causes damage to start and stop them on a daily basis (I never heard of such a think before.)  It couldn't hurt to ask; what has been your experience?  Any problems?-Shikamaru

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Re:Lab equipment best practice

Post by Guest » Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:07 am


I power mine on/off all the time (not daily though), I've never ran into any issues.

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Re:Lab equipment best practice

Post by Guest » Mon Jul 05, 2010 4:15 am


What's all of the time?  2 or 3 times/week?  I know I sound a little paranoid, but doing this for several years gets your mind to the point of thinking that anything can break for any stupid reason.-Shikamaru

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Re:Lab equipment best practice

Post by Guest » Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:50 am


Yeah a couple of times a week. Car engines are made to run long sustained distances, but we constantly turn them on and off. I would'nt worry too much about it. I bought an extra power supply for my routers, but it's still sitting in the box.

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Re:Lab equipment best practice

Post by Guest » Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:30 am


With the 2610 routers I bought a couple of years ago (at 150 bucks each), I didn't really care.  The 2811 routers were quite a bit more expensive :(  At this point, I've 6 routers and 5 switches, I'm scared to find out what the electric bill will be if I left them running constantly.-Shikamaru

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