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Routers - How long do they last?

This is a discussion on Routers - How long do they last? within the Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express forums, part of the Hardware MUG - Troubleshooting and Discussion category; I am guessing that most of you folks are like me and run your routers (wireless or otherwise) 24 x ...

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    Default Routers - How long do they last?

    I am guessing that most of you folks are like me and run your routers (wireless or otherwise) 24 x 7. Mine have been running in my house pretty much non-stop for about two years now.

    I started thinking that these things do have a limited life and are just going to die at some point. Which brings to mind some questions:

    1. How long is it reasonable to expect these things to last? 3, 4, 5 years of continuous use. . . (if anyone has some MTBF [mean time between failure] data that would be great.
    2. What happens when they fail? Do they just stop working or are the signs that they are going to fail?
    3. What's your experience? (Brand name / model / number of years running)

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    Default Re: Routers - How long do they last?

    1. No Idea but I've been using my WRT54GL since 2006
    2. Most routers have error codes which is displayed via front/rear LEDs.
    3. same as 1. I also recently bought a Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH router for our new home. The WRT54GL stays with my parents.

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    Default Re: Routers - How long do they last?

    I've been using my Airport Express (the first "g" version) since 2004 but really only had it running 24x7 since about 2005 or 2006.

    Suddenly about 3 weeks ago, the thing just died. No warning, no power, no nothing. So all I have now is a useless paper weight and a relatively useful duckhead.
    Last edited by penmanila; 03-20-2010 at 06:29 PM.

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    Default Re: Routers - How long do they last?

    I've been using my Airport Extreme Base Station b/g with modem since 2006.
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    Default Re: Routers - How long do they last?

    Linksys WRT54G since 2004.... maxed out at 251 watts, T/X 24 hours a day, installed at the elevator shaft in my building... still running smoothly until this very day...

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    Default Re: Routers - How long do they last?

    i've had my linksys WRT54G since 2004 too. i upgraded the firmware once to be able to tweak the signal strength. it is still running, but now bridged to my time capsule (linksys for b/g, TC for pure 802.11n), which i bought when it first came out (2008?) both run 24x7 since date of purchase.

    naturally, i suspect that pure wifi routers are more reliable than router+NAS like the time capsule; less moving parts, the higher MTBF. since they're still running (knock on wood), i can't help you with signs of failure.

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    Default Re: Routers - How long do they last?

    Linksys WRT54G running 24/7 since 2004.

    AEBS running 24/7 since 2008.

    Linksys as main router, building A first floor, connected to it is the AEBS to bring the wifi signal to building B third floor.

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    Default Re: Routers - How long do they last?

    Linksys WRT54G running 24/7 since mid 2002, and no problems so far.
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    Default Re: Routers - How long do they last?

    my airport snow base station goes all the way back to 2001.

    my ABS "died" like this once. plugged it in again a few months later and voila, it worked!


    Quote Originally Posted by zChris View Post
    I've been using my Airport Express (the first "g" version) since 2004 but really only had it running 24x7 since about 2005 or 2006.

    Suddenly about 3 weeks ago, the thing just died. No warning, no power, no nothing. So all I have now is a useless paper weight and a relatively useful duckhead.
    Last edited by penmanila; 03-20-2010 at 06:29 PM.
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    Default Re: Routers - How long do they last?

    I forgot to put mine in:
    Linksys WRT54G and Buffalo WIFI router since 2007.

    I like the fact that quicksilver and penmanila have had theirs running for more than five years.





 
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