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chatterbox

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#298947 29-Jul-2022 13:54
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Is it better to rent or purchase a router these days? I have a distant memory of being told it's cheaper in the long run to buy a router than renting, but also you could purchase a better quality than those supplied by ISPs. But I'm wondering if the tables have turned and now renting might be a better option. 

 

At $5 per month for an ASUS RT AX3000  = $60 per year vs buying for $350 from PB tech it would take 6 years to equate to the purchase. But I read the advice is you should update your router every 3-4 years? Plus if I have any issues with it I can send it back to my ISP and should get a replacement.

 

 

 

Is this the current thinking? Or for my situation? Renting the router is better than purchase?


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mattwnz
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  #2947910 29-Jul-2022 14:08
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I have usually got one free. The last one was with a Skinny one last year when signing up. Although there seems to be a trend away from ISPs providing them free as there seems to be more consolidation of brands and less competition in the market, which isn't great for the consumer. . My parents spark one kept freezing up after about 3 years, so they don't seem to last. There probably isn't much difference in renting vs buying if you factor in the actual cost of the ISP and if you are getting a better ISP deal anyway. 


 
 
 

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  #2947929 29-Jul-2022 15:04
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I am for using the RSP router unless you have a good reason not to but at the same time am against E-WASTE, so if you know what you are doing you can take the router from one RSP and configure it for another

 

however this does lead to support issues should anything go wrong





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  #2947937 29-Jul-2022 15:20
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That is why I am guessing ISPs like to give people modems when they sign up, as it makes support easier for them, and support is one of their big costs. I do recall the ISP blaming my third party router before, which is a hassle to prove it isn't the router. 




chatterbox

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  #2948695 31-Jul-2022 20:42
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nztim:

 

I am for using the RSP router unless you have a good reason not to but at the same time am against E-WASTE, so if you know what you are doing you can take the router from one RSP and configure it for another

 

however this does lead to support issues should anything go wrong

 

 

I don't think I'd find it easy to configure the router for another ISP. I had to google RSP, so I think the support side would be useful for me. 

 

As a generalisation though I always figure tech goes out of date every few years and this is consistent with what I read about routers being changed 3-4years. I'm happy to send them back to the ISP to reconfigure as I don't like excess waste either. I just don't have the tech knowledge to be able to do this myself. 


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  #2948699 31-Jul-2022 20:51
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I am using a ER-X for my gig fibre since I have very limited space in my comms cabinet since ISP supplied ones will not fit into it.

 

 


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