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Offline philfrei
« Posted 2013-03-06 20:16:46 »

My combo modem/router is going after only a couple of years. The AT&T tech who was here said this is typical. I do have a good quality UPS, so I'm pretty sure that is not the issue. And, the unit is well ventilated. (I don't need wireless.)

A bit of search on modem/router longevity gave me nothing useful. Is it so hard to make a modem/router that is going to last 5 or 10 years? It's not like there are any moving parts.

If anyone has a brand they recommend, I would love to hear about it. AFAIK, the big companies (Toshiba, LinkSys) as well as AT&T (my connection service) all start failing and have to be replaced ever couple of years.

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Offline sproingie
« Reply #1 - Posted 2013-03-06 22:45:26 »

I've never gone wrong with Netgear.
Offline dapy
« Reply #2 - Posted 2013-03-06 23:37:49 »

I have a Netgear DG834G. I've had it for at least 5 years.
It has only one problem, which it has had since new: when it starts up, it takes an hour before it connects to my ISP. So I (almost) never switch it off.
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« Reply #3 - Posted 2013-03-06 23:50:19 »

Cisco SRP527W here. Never looked back to those shitty consumer units.

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Offline Cero
« Reply #4 - Posted 2013-03-07 02:51:39 »

They all suck, seriously.

If you have a lot of connections going, wifi, low latency needs... its all a mess

especially wifi - its so weak with almost all routers - never mind the channel, 2-3 rooms and its so weak and disconnects and stuff... forget about playing games
I have lived as a gamer with wifi for like 3 years when I still lived with my parents. So I know like aaaaall the tricks, but they dont really seems to matter, its like placebo.

I currently have a CISCO modem which is really really good and a DLink router which is SUPPOSED to be good. But even without any strain you just cannot connect to wifi often times - even annoying for using wifi on android n stuff

NetGear was horrible imo, but most of them are.

So yeah go Cisco...

Offline deepthought
« Reply #5 - Posted 2013-04-01 20:10:41 »

I've got an intellinet. Only one problem. occasionally i'll lose the DNS server, but powercycling the router fixes it. it doesn't happen very often anyways.

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Offline philfrei
« Reply #6 - Posted 2013-04-01 20:22:16 »

Thanks for all the replies! I meant to follow up sooner, but I haven't made a decision yet, am living with the problem until, at least, we get past tax day.

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« Reply #7 - Posted 2013-04-11 21:14:58 »

I've killed 2 Linksys (one wired, one wireless), and a Belkin (wireless) so far and am now working on destroying a Netgear N600.  To be fair to the Belkin, I think the problem is that there is so much contention on 2.4GHz here, it couldn't cope with all the retrys and went into a sulk.  5GHz is much better, but not all my kit supports it.  Fortunately I've got wired connections too.


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