When we have a problem with the equipment we have at home and we contact the operator, it is a recurring advice that we have to wait about 10 seconds between the process of turning the equipment off and on. But is this really true or just talk? What we can tell you is don’t turn off and on the router or the box without doing it and we already explain why.
Do not turn off and on the router or box without doing this!
The router or TV box are actually mini-computers. Inside the plastic box is a processor, memory and local storage. To this is added an operating system. And like a computer, things can go wrong from time to time. At that point restarting might even be a good idea. It cleans all the memory and processes running, guaranteeing a more efficient startup and operation when we turn it back on.
Do we really need to wait?
We have already noticed that turning it off and on can help. But why do we have to wait about 10 seconds? Well, it’s not necessarily 10. So it might even be a little less. Even so, it is a reference value to allow time for everything.
You may have noticed that many times when we disconnect equipment from the current, the power indicator light remains on. This for a few seconds. The reason this happens is because electronic devices use capacitors which are basically tiny batteries.
They don’t store much energy, but they can sometimes have enough to keep a memory chip running for a few seconds. Waiting 10 seconds ensures that each capacitor is completely drained, and thus each part of the memory is cleared. This ensures that all settings are actually reset, including anything that might have caused the problem in the first place.
So the conclusion is that if the wizard tells us to wait a few seconds before turning our equipment back on, do it. It is the difference for an app to work successfully or not.