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  Reply # 1438370 1-Dec-2015 10:08
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Some of you have never had routers wear out?
You are indeed lucky people.

I would agree that 3-4 years seems to generally be around the maximum life in home use.
I would agree that they should last forever - no moving parts etc - but they all seem to run quite warm and start going flaky after a while. As Dairyxox says they often have poor ventilation and end up being placed in quite warm spots - certainly in domestic use.
Have had several just lock up and die over the years - worse still when they just start behaving erratically. I dead router is better than a wobbly one.

I had a TP-link router that appeared to have plenty of ventilation slots on it - it was always very hot on top. One day I noticed that the ventilation slots were just plastic ridges and realised there was hardly any ventilation on the box. Internet traffic seemed to start going quite slow/hanging when it got very hot. I (carefully)used Mr Black and Decker to add a few extra 'heat elimination portals' to the box and it made a huge difference.

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  Reply # 1438474 1-Dec-2015 12:25
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I went through a number of RTA1320s due to overheating. They always ran hot. Over time they'd start squealing, rebooting, intermittently dropping traffic, etc. Got them to last longer by removing the case and attaching a small heatsink to the CPU.
Have also had a RAM chip fail in a WRT54GL. No moving parts in either device, used in normal residential conditions.


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  Reply # 1438476 1-Dec-2015 12:30
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So what the issue really is, is if gear is poorly designed it will likely fail. Well yes, of course it will. It's not really fair to say all routers have a 2-3 year life and then they die of old age. 

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  Reply # 1438525 1-Dec-2015 13:12
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Yes - poor/cheap design is a problem for a lot of electronics these days.

Its not fair to say all routers will last forever and never have problems though - they come high on the suspect list when problems occur.

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  Reply # 1449043 12-Dec-2015 09:04
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Been asked by Spark to do a factory reset, same thing happened twice in 3 days and then after 5 days it still hasn't done it.

FIngers crossed.

Actually no I ordered a R7000 ... 

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