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What is the lifespan of a wireless router?

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What is the lifespan of a wireless router?

I am having problems with my Linksys router which has all the lights on but won't connect to the Internet. Have done the rebooting and every other check. Now I am temporarily using a basic one-port D-Link non-wireless and all is well. My Linksys has been in constant use since I bought it in February 2007. I had hoped to get a bit more life out of it. Am off to PC World today to buy another Linksys because I am used to the model and it is a good price. Just a thought though - shouldn't they last a bit longer than this? I am wondering if I ought to pay a bit more and get something better.  What do others think?
*** All sorted - a reset has solved the problem for now and am working wirelessly again.
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Community Veteran
Posts: 3,486
Registered: ‎02-10-2008

Re: What is the lifespan of a wireless router?

Like most electronic kit these days - it should last 10 years or more. How long has your TV or radio lasted - ?.
Hopefully the technology will be dead by then and we will all have fibre and 100M  Roll eyes
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Registered: ‎04-04-2007

Re: What is the lifespan of a wireless router?

Quote from: mal0z
it should last 10 years or more.

Agreed, but consumer routers don't seam to last more that few years.
Superuser
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Re: What is the lifespan of a wireless router?

Dont know what model your Linksys was , but I happened to be in our local Tesco yesterday and noticed they were selling off some Linksys WAG200G ADLS/2 wireless routers at £22.48!!!
Think they also had some Wirleess N models at about £45 .
So if you're keen on another Linksys and have a Tesco nearby it might be work a trip
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Re: What is the lifespan of a wireless router?

That is a very good price Ian. I checked the website and was not able to find it.
Got mine working now but it might have been worth getting one as a spare as I am too lazy to change brands.
davidj66
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Registered: ‎04-09-2008

Re: What is the lifespan of a wireless router?

I've got two spare wireless routers which are no longer wireless! They connect via ethernet and the modem works but the wireless side packed up on both at around two years; one is Corega manufacture and the other is Buffalo.
I've also found that USB dongles don't last much longer than a couple of years. Sad
techguy
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Registered: ‎12-09-2008

Re: What is the lifespan of a wireless router?

Course they don't
If they were durable then you wouldn't buy a new router would you?
When I win the lottery, buy some land and get my house built am going to have a  comms room with an enterprise grade router in it that will last me a few years mounted in its own rack with fans at the top  Smiley
I do wonder whether it is the variablity of temperatures that kills routers but I doubt you'd want one with a fan in the top that ran constantly would you?