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Router connection We have 3 laptops, one of which is permanently connected to the router via an ethernet cable. Since changing internet providers, the other 2 have trouble connecting to the router most times and we have to turn the router off and then back on again for them to connect. A friend has told us that the router should be turned off after use and turned on when needed as the IP addresses change. Is this correct? Can you help us with this problem?

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> router should be turned off after use

Nonsense. The router uses DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) to obtain (only!) one IP-address from your I.S.P. Each IP-address comes with a "lease", i.e., "use this IP-address for the next NN hours, and after that time, send a request to 'renew' the IP-address for another NN hours". This should(!) happen automatically -- without a need to restart the router.

So, if only the two "wireless" laptops are having the problem, the problem is inside the router.
Connect to the web-server "inside" the router, and look at the "status" web-page, and then the "log-files" web-page, to see what error-messages have been recorded.

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