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How long does a wireless router last.

by mrmimis06 / February 23, 2006 3:59 AM PST

I have a 2 year old Linksys and I am starting to get quite a few dropped connections.It will always come back when I turn it off then on but,it starting to be a pain.

How long do these things ladt and show I replace or wait till it is Dead?

Thank you!

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common enemies
by linkit / February 23, 2006 4:30 AM PST

How long? As long as any other electronic devices with semiconductor chips, circuits, power supplies, wires, cables, etc.

Extreme environments such as heat, moisture, poor ventilation, dirt, rough handling and dropping are enemies of computers and network equipment alike.

What is often left out of the instructions for routers is that the user needs to check regrularly for FIRMWARE UPDATES and install them. Download and install the latest network adapter driver, too. Keeping Windows XP updated helps.

Nasty software such as viruses, malware, and particularly spyware need to be eliminated from any computers connected to the router.

Make sure all your computers have the big 3: firewall, antivirus, antispyware. Keep them up to date. USE THEM.

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Until the neighbors install theirs.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 23, 2006 5:28 AM PST

I had to move channels to get a better connection. Have you ...

a. Updated the firmware.
b. Tried another channel.


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How long does a wireless router last?
by niuncentav0 / January 3, 2011 9:38 PM PST

Good points. My laptop and smartphone suddenly started to have problems with connection speed. I updated the firmware and changed channels after looking at FAQs on the Cisco site. That worked for one day! The same problem exists and I believe the router needs replacement. Routers should last more that 2-3 years.

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Or you are using WEP
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2011 1:39 AM PST

The one day fix is a sign the protection (?) is WEP. We know why but since there is no fix for that issue all I can say is to move to the forum's advised WPA and settings.

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