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old netgear router

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#1 ltdave


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Posted 06 October 2011 - 05:57 PM

how long do these seem to last?

i got mine probably 6 years ago (or MORE) and im wondering if there are any upgrades that have been built into them lately...

mines a MIMO set up and while it seems to work pretty good, i was wondering if there were any new speed protocols available (at one time limits of 54Mbps was the speed limit regardless of either the isp or the wireless, i dont remember which)...

do i NEED to spend another $60-100 for a new router or am i good to go with my current hardware?

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 07 October 2011 - 11:49 AM

I don't know about a new one...but I think it's a good idea to have a backup on hand, since the useful life is indeterminate.

I don't pay attention to specs, brand, etc. when it comes to routers...I just want one that works and I find that cheap ones do the job to my satisfaction.

A router for home use is not something that has to be agonized over, IMO :) and I find that the ones in the $20-30 range give me no cause for complaint.

Just about all routers for home use will say "wireless" but they also accommodate ethernet cable.



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