Fortunately, many models of routers allow us to program this action without much difficulty, thus preventing our Internet connection from being shared all day. That is why we are going to review how to configure the router so that the WiFi turns off at a certain time.
Schedule your router to turn off Wi-Fi automatically
Before beginning, it is important to know that Not all models allow you to program certain actions such as turning off or turning on the WiFi connection. It will depend largely on the quality of the device or the firmware, some equipment comes with firmware blocked by our operator, this means that some options or settings will be closed. But to know it we must find said adjustment.
First we are going to access the configuration of the router of our house. We can use both the mobile and any other device connected to the network. In short steps, we will do the following:
- We access the configuration. In the address bar we write 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1. These are the two most common addresses, however yours may be different. We need to check the gateway.
We introduce the username and password to allow us access.
Next, we must look for the WiFi connection settings. For it, the option will be similar to “WiFi”, “WLAN”, or “wireless connection”.
Within this, we will look for some setting similar to “WiFi Scheduler” or “Schedule”.
As an example we can see that in this screenshot, it appears at the bottom. If you do not find a similar option, it may be that you do not have that option. Likewise, search in depth because each manufacturer makes the system to its liking and it can vary a lot from one to another. at other times it will come in the side menu as “Schedule”as we see in Vodafone routers.
- Once we enter said configuration, we will see a screen with data to enter such as the action time or the time interval. Here we must fill in the information requestedwe enter the time that our router will turn off, as well as the days that we want it to do so.
- Now we just have to click on “Save” for the change to be applied.
Everything would be ready our router will comply with the instruction to turn off when we have indicated it. In this way we avoid intruders or simply save some energy. The security of our Internet connection is essential, so it is good for us to turn it off when we are not using it.
How to schedule power off and power on any router
If our router does not support automatic shutdown, there are alternatives. Luckily, we can make use of other devices such as smart plugs that allow us to turn off the router in a simple way.
Of course, a warning: if we use a smart plug, we must buy one that does not use WiFi, or in this way won’t be able to turn on. In the event that the plug is connected via WiFi, it will only be able to schedule the shutdown. Thus, in the morning or when we return home, we should turn it on manually.
Each smart plug has its own settings but it’s as easy as access it and look for the option that allows us to schedule a shutdown.
- We enter the application of our plug from our mobile.
We look for a section called “Programming” or similar.
In this section we can configure a rule by adding a name (identification so that we know what it is), the days and hours. In this way, this action will be applied and our plug will be disconnected from the power to turn off the router.
Before taking it for granted, we must Check if the automation has been done correctly. Normally, the app will show us a list with the actions that we have programmed. Review the temporary aspects so as not to get scared and run out of Internet at the least ideal moment.
As we have seen, we can program our router to turn on or off automatically, regardless of whether we have a router that allows it or using a smart plug. Our gadgets make our lives easier, so we have solution so that our WiFi connection is not stolen or to save a little on the electricity bill.