How long do routers and modems last?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by ratchet, May 15, 2009.

  1. ratchet

    ratchet Addicted to LI Member

    I have a Linksys WRT54GS and the cable companies Motorola 5100 going on four years. I try to keep them clean and cool but am curious how much longer they might last.
  2. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild LI Guru Member

    It can vary. I have a 5+ year old Toshiba cable modem that works. But since I upgraded my speeds to 20mb/2mb. It was time for a new modem. The hardware was simply way out dated for those type of speeds. Same with my old Linksys BEFSR41 router. I had to upgrade the router.
  3. way2quik

    way2quik Addicted to LI Member

    Modems are meant to last.
    I believe your cable company may charge you for a replacement if it is out of the warranty date. But I'm sure you can work your way around that.
  4. voxabox

    voxabox LI Guru Member

    Nothing lasts forever
    I, OTH, I'd to find good reason to get new toys:)
  5. bogderpirat

    bogderpirat Network Guru Member

    i have a 100mbit switch (well, at least that is somewhat similar to a router...) over here that has been in use for like 10 years now, never having had even one day off. embedded devices that are not tampered (overclocking, hardware modification, kicking around) with or used outside of their specification (humidity, temperature) usually last very long.
  6. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member that excludes the routers of pretty much everyone here then :smile::smile:
  7. rizsher

    rizsher Network Guru Member

    I have 4 WRT54GSs installed at different places, been going on for over 5 years now... the only thing that would make me replace them would be a)If they did actually die b)If Tomato started supporting one of them N-Wireless routers with Gigabit ports.

    Similarly, I exclusivelt installed ADSLNation's X-Modem at everyone in the family who asked me to help them, some of these have been going for almost 5 yrs as well.
  8. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    It's an interesting point, and the answer really is, as long as you look after it, a very long time is possible. I still have almost every piece of consumer electronics that I ever owned, much of it is around 40 years old. The odd piece has broken down over the years but it has been quickly repaired. Among them - the first Sony consumer CD player, a Sharp "talking time" alarm clock, a Sharp electronic calculator with fluorescent 6 segment display and reed switch operated keys (original batteries still working !!), various items of amateur radio equipment from the sixties up to the present, various items of test gear, an Echostar 4500 satellite TV receiver, and a great many other things. Probably, the existing ADSL and cable connections will be abandoned long before the demise of many of these routers. I also have every computer I ever bought going back to the BBC Micro and the first IBM PC, the Portable, the AT and several others. (Some monitors have blown up though).
  9. sardaukar

    sardaukar Addicted to LI Member

    One can put on the evil hat and posit that, since these devices last for so long, companies these days are starting to use sub-par welding and components so that they do break down after a number of years, in order to keep the corporate machine grinding away our moneys :biggrin:
  10. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    I would not put it past some companies to do so, however i believe its more along the lines of outsourcing to sub-par manufacturing facilities to save money that causes most of the issues. But i still do live by you get what you pay for, enterprise devices still last in excess of 20 years without much issue. The machine that drives this industry knows that and to get around it simply discontinues products and puts them EOL after only 5 years or so, that way you have to purchase more equipment.
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