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tigerinthebueche
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Erwinville, LA.
Member since Oct 2010
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Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
Had the same router for about two or three years. Do they get old and worn out quickly? How often do they need to be replaced?


scottfruget
Wofford Fan
Member since Nov 2010
401 posts

re: Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
No. They are the one item built to last forever


tigerinthebueche
LSU Fan
Erwinville, LA.
Member since Oct 2010
17242 posts

re: Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
I appreciate your sarcasm.


BitBuster
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Lafayette
Member since Dec 2017
163 posts

re: Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
They don't go bad. If they're exposed to extreme heat, or have no ventilation, maybe. If the software isn't kept up to date, it may be exposed to a security vulnerability. If you have it plugged into the ups where it's up all the time and its software has a memory leak, it may need to be rebooted.

Basically, there's no moving parts, the hardware will stay good as long as it's kept up to date. I know a few Linksys WRT54G's are still out there with 3'd party firmware humming along years later.

If you're having issues, it's likely a firmware thing, not a hardware thing.


fallguy_1978
LSU Fan
Half mile from St George
Member since Feb 2018
3164 posts

re: Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
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Home WiFi router- do they go bad?

Not very often although I've had a few die. They do get technologically outdated after a few years. You might look into updating the firmware on it to see if it helps if you are having problems.


Alleyezon3
LSU Fan
Lafayette, LA
Member since Nov 2007
1841 posts

re: Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
Disagree, its electronics like any other item. They go bad, capacitors, ports, etc can all go out from surges or just being plain old.


robchand58
LSU Fan
Denham Springs LA
Member since Nov 2012
312 posts

re: Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
Always good to unplug your router and Modem from power every week or so for about 5 minutes.


NASA_ISS_Tiger
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Huntsville, Al via Sulphur, LA
Member since Sep 2005
6455 posts

re: Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
I've had a Netgear wireless side of the router fail. All wired ports worked fine, but wifi failed.

I also had a Linksys wifi router fail. Different symptoms but same result.

Neither router was exposed to environments outside their specified operating temperatures/conditions. From my time as a reliability engineer...eventually all COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) electronics will fail. It's not an if, but a when. Some have better quality control than others but some don't.


jamsmiley
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Zachary La
Member since Nov 2008
510 posts

re: Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
i have had the same router since 2010. I am actually looking to change the modem and router but i have no idea what to buy


fallguy_1978
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Half mile from St George
Member since Feb 2018
3164 posts

re: Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
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i have had the same router since 2010. I am actually looking to change the modem and router but i have no idea what to buy

Google wifi is solid


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Korkstand
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Plaquemine, LA
Member since Nov 2003
15115 posts

re: Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
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They don't go bad.
They do, all the time.
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Basically, there's no moving parts, the hardware will stay good as long as it's kept up to date.
All metals expand when heated, and the components that make up a router are no exception. So the parts do move. Heat sinks (if there are any) will eventually loosen and chips will overheat. As someone else mentioned, caps and other components eventually go bad too. And the fact that consumer routers typically have zero fans (so they can be silent) means that they are basically designed to fail. Every single off the shelf router begins killing itself the second it is turned on.


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tigerinthebueche
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Erwinville, LA.
Member since Oct 2010
17242 posts

re: Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
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I've had a Netgear wireless side of the router fail. All wired ports worked fine, but wifi failed.


I have a Netgear router. But I don’t get the coverage I used to have using WiFi in the house. If I sit right next to it, great. Walk into the kitchen and nothing.



VABuckeye
Ohio State Fan
Oak Hill, VA
Member since Dec 2007
21088 posts

re: Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
Anything electronic has a chance of failure over time.


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DoUrden
Tennessee Fan
UnderDark
Member since Oct 2011
21380 posts

re: Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
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Not very often although I've had a few die.


Anyone else laugh at this?


Boatshoes
Member since Dec 2017
1303 posts

re: Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
What model of Netgear?


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Byron Bojangles III
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Member since Nov 2012
46138 posts

re: Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
If it's technology it will go bad


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Bard
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BR
Member since Oct 2008
28688 posts

re: Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
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Had the same router for about two or three years. Do they get old and worn out quickly? How often do they need to be replaced?



Routers aren't any more special than a microwave, coffee pot or refrigerator (those made within the past 10-20 years) in that sometimes you will get one that works for damned near ever and sometimes you get one that fails right out of the box. Generally speaking an off-the-shelf Linksys should run fine for 3-5 years depending on environment (as long as it has good ventilation, runs off a UPS and is kept up-to-date on firmware).

The time to consider replacing a router is when you encounter issues like slow and/or choppy (or even non-existant) performance across your network (phones, tablets, computers, etc) and a reboot doesn't fix it (or the fix doesn't last but maybe a few days or so). Another time to consider replacing is if you need to upgrade to keep up with technology (for example moving from 802.11g to 802.11n or AC).


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fallguy_1978
LSU Fan
Half mile from St George
Member since Feb 2018
3164 posts

re: Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
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Anyone else laugh at this?

I've had one or maybe 2 die since I've had wireless internet. I wouldn't exactly call that often.


Green Chili Tiger
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Lurking the Tin Foil Hat Board
Member since Jul 2009
28218 posts

re: Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
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Always good to unplug your router and Modem from power every week or so for about 5 minutes.


I used to have to do this, but then I got Google WiFi.


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DArbonneDuke
LSU Fan
D'Arbonne, LA
Member since Nov 2005
1140 posts

re: Home WiFi router- do they go bad?
I've had routers at home and at work since the beginning of Wi-Fi (long time). They're usually reliable but have had at least 2 go bad after storms. Also have replaced several as better technology came out.


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