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?
I would suggest getting an APC 9211. You should have no problems turning your equipment on and off regularly. We have $6M in cisco equipment in our lab, and we have automated scripts which turn the equipment off. It shouldnt cause you any issues. The biggest concern should be the temp. of the room where the equipment is located and making sure that there is good circulation. If you have those covered, you'll be fine.
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