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Old February 5th, 2010, 09:40 PM   #1
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How long should a netgear wireless router last?


In the last 4 years I have went thru two wireless routers. One was a linksys and now the netgear has took a dump. What can I do to make them last longer?
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Never had that problem. They should last as long as any other electronic device.. computer, printer, cable modem, etc.

As long as you don't have other issues.. like intermittent fluctuating power...

Maybe you have just randomly bought 2 defective ones.. have you had issues with other stuff burning out?
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Old February 5th, 2010, 09:47 PM   #3
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I don't have any problems that I am aware of.
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Also, make sure you not stacking things on top of them. You can use some sort of forced, dry air, to blow dust and dirt out of them as well. Just make sure its dry if your using a standard air compressor or something. Also, you may want to look into something that costs a little more than the standard linksys and netgear boxes. I reccomend newegg.com . Something in the $75-$100 range such as the one below.

Newegg.com - D-Link DIR-655 IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE802.11n Draft 2 Xtreme N Gigabit Wireless Router - Wireless Routers
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Old February 5th, 2010, 09:54 PM   #5
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I have the cable modem and router stacked.....
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Old February 5th, 2010, 09:56 PM   #6
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It does seem a little odd, I'm still rocking the same 802.11g linksys I picked up when I got married 4 (..? 5? ..counts on fingers.. yeah 4) years ago, but it's not uncommon. Personally I'd rock a linksys or netgear over a d-link, but that might just come down to personal preference.
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I reccomend newegg.com .
oh, but hellzyeah, newegg FTW
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I like linksys.. but that's because I've been using mine non stop ever since 2002.. (regular 4 port wired router)

It's all the same though.. all chinese. It's a crap shoot. Sometimes you get one that lasts longer than you need it to. Sometimes it craps out.
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I've been using my Linksys for a pretty long time, I think since 03 or 04...it acts up sometimes but usually after resetting it it'll be fine...
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I've been using my Linksys for a pretty long time, I think since 03 or 04...it acts up sometimes but usually after resetting it it'll be fine...
I reset mine a few times too.. it mostly reset itself during power outages. But one time my ISP was feeling generous and permanently boosted everyones download speed from 3mbps to 7mbps for no extra charge, which required a reboot of everything..

I moved it into a different room once, and back again, but other than that, it kept working for all those years.
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I wish my ISP would do that...I only have a 1.5mbps connection which gets smacked down to 256kbps if I'm on uTorrent for too long. I think they have something against P2P.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 01:44 AM   #13
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yea my linksys has been on 24-7 365 for 6 years now
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IMPORTANT!
I bought a Linksys 5 years back. About 2 years ago it died. I called Linksys customer support because I didnt think it was dead, I thought maybe it was just acting up and I wanted to find out. Keep in mind when I called them, it was 3 years old. So the customer service guy tells me "no worries, its fried. I'm sending you a new one in the mail. Please use the shipping label inside to send us the old one back". I was shocked!

No arguments or anything. I didnt even want a new one. I just wanted to see what was wrong with it before I went to Best Buy to get a new one. I will never buy anything but Linksys for that reason.
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Go figure, I just went out to buy a new dlink and now the netgear is working again.... I'm lost.
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linksys is the only way to go. cisco FTMFW
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They burn out often enough. Well, not burn out. They pretty much start working incorrectly after a few years. Dust is part of the problem, heat is another. They just aren't built to last.
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