Optimizing Router Performance by Clearing the Cache

All routers, including your Ting router, store information about the websites you visit. This includes information such as IP addresses (website locations), to help you navigate efficiently. However, routers can also store errors, which can cause difficulties when visiting certain websites or applications. The solution is simply to clear your cash by turning your router off and back on!

Clearing Your Router's Cache

The easiest way to clear the Domain Name Service (DNS) cache in your Ting router is by turning it off and back on, also known as power cycling.

  • Unplug the power cable from the router or the wall plug.
  • Wait 30 seconds.
  • Plug the power cable back in.
  • Wait for the router to restart and automatically reconnect to the Internet.
    This process may take up to 3 minutes, and all lights will turn back on.

This will clear temporary files in the router's memory, providing a fresh start.

It is recommended to power cycle or reboot your wireless router every 60 days or whenever you experience unusual behavior.

Understanding Your Router's Cache

The DNS cache is where your router stores IP addresses and other information related to websites.

  • Your router stores a variety of information, including details about your internet connections, the websites you visit, and the devices you use to access the internet. This information is stored to help speed up your internet browsing experience.

    When you try to visit a website, your computer sends a request to a remote server. The server then responds with the information needed to display the website on your screen. This process is typically quick and efficient.

    To speed up the process even more, your router checks to see if it has already stored information about the website you are trying to access. If it has, the website will load faster because the information is readily available. This means you can browse the internet more efficiently without having to establish a new connection for each website you visit.

    While using cached information can sometimes result in outdated or incorrect information, the benefits of using this stored information far outweigh any occasional issues that may arise.  

  • Clearing your router's cache periodically, every 60 days, or whenever you experience unusual behavior, can not only resolve these issues but also enhance your overall browsing experience by ensuring optimal performance.

    Your router stores information about your internet activity, including any mistakes it makes. However, outdated or incomplete information can slow down your internet connection and cause instability. Over time, stored information can become corrupt and interfere with internet speed and performance. Clearing your router's cache can improve this.

 

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