How long should I expect my router to last?

  1. Scottyboy99's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro (64 bit)

    How long should I expect my router to last?

    I know it's a bit of a 'how long is a piece of string' question but what is a realistic router lifespan? I've had my netgear router for about 5 years now ... and I love it, it's so reliable, the dual band wifi is very decent, the firmware is rock solid, it never needs rebooting and everything just works well with it. But I worry that after 5 years it can't be long til it goes to silicon heaven. Of course I won't be able to find the same router again to replace it. And of course re configuring a new router given the amount of devices we have as well as access points latching into it is a real time consuming pain. It's rare to find such a reliable router as so many new ones whilst potentially good are riddled with buggy firmware. Anyone else had their routers for this amount of time or longer?
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  2. fireberd's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro, 20H2

    Most of the routers I've had over the years last about a year and then start having connection problems. I know its the routers as connecting directly to the ISP's modem and it would work OK but through the router(s) it was either intermittent or no communications.

    My current router is an exception and has lasted longer than a year. It is an ASUS. My routers are powered on 24/7 and are connected to a UPS.
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  3. Posts : 71
    Win 7 home

    IME: routers average up to 3 years, though I've seen a few last 5-8 years. Personally, I like Netgear and Asus.
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  4. Scottyboy99's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro (64 bit)
    Thread Starter

    Yeah, if I have to get a new one I'd look at ASUS but I read bad stuff about their firmware. Maybe it was immature and is better now. But that's why I like my current netgear 3700 (version 2), it may not be latest and greatest but a router is only as good as its firmware which is so reliable. And because it's an old model netgear no longer inflict newer firmwares which is a good thing because they don't break what isn't broken!

    thanks for the feedback guys, I'd be interested in hearing what makes/models people have with an emphasis on recommendations due to solid firmware/reliability over things like blazing AC wifi etc.
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  5. bro67's Avatar
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    Mac OS Catalina

    It depends on the environment and incoming power and data connection protection. I have gear that is over 25 years old that is still going strong to this day. Keep it clean and cool and it will last forever.

    All of my network equipment is in my Basement. Humidity levels are where they need to be, stays around 55=68 all year round. The rest of our house stays between 67-71 and humidity levels around 45-52%. Just have to know that electronic gear is very sensitive to filth, smoke and grease, along with dust and pet dander.
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