Originally Posted by sonicdoommario
Has anybody else gotten this, experienced it, and noticed a difference? I have 4 computers in my house, so I wonder if I have to shut down all of them.
you don't have to shut down any of the computers, especially if you have a router.
if you don't have a router and run Windows, they tell you to do this because it causes Windows to reacquire an ip which sometimes is required, and possibly reacquire some other info about the network connection. I know linux doesn't require this, OSX possibly not either. But again, if you have a router you don't need to restart any of the computers.
if you have a router, replace "computer" with "router" in the instructions. some routers don't need this, but many do, and considering it takes less time for the router to start up than the cable modem it's a minor inconvenience.