CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again


Netgear goes green with free product recycling

Feeling the need to be more green? Netgear is offering free recycling of old networking products with every purchase.

It's okay, they're in a better place now.Credit: Netgear

The excitement of buying a new router is unparalleled, but what does a blissed-out geek do with the old one?

If your new router's a Netgear, you can pack up its poor predecessor — regardless of the brand — and send it to the company for free recycling.

Netgear's recycling website offers a form for printing your own reply-paid address label — on recycled paper, if you'd be so kind. All you have to do then is pack up the old product and place it into the mouth of a postbox.

If that sounds like way too much effort, Netgear is also partnering with Australia Post to make pre-addressed pouches available at retailers.

So far, so soul-enhancingly wonderful, but don't go overboard; a caveat on the website notes that "the NETGEAR product purchased must be a similar or higher specified product than the one to be recycled". Translation: no fair buying a $10 Ethernet cable and slapping a reply-paid label on the old office photocopier.