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Old 05-11-2018, 02:52 PM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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I was always under the impression that most electronics either worked or they didn't. I once mentioned that I thought my service was getting slower at a local office of my ISP and they said it was probably my aging router.

Fact? Or just an attempt at covering themselves?
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Old 05-11-2018, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
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You're right in that all electrical equipment will eventually start to fail at some unspecified point.

That said, most routers can get a boost by various firmware updates the manufacturers ping out from time to time. But once they stop supporting your particular model then there's a greater chance your router will slow.

In any case most ISPs should offer you a more updated router when they retire older versions - you may have to pay a discounted fee, or they could give you one for free.

Ask them and see.
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Old 05-11-2018, 04:11 PM
 
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You're right in that all electrical equipment will eventually start to fail at some unspecified point.

That said, most routers can get a boost by various firmware updates the manufacturers ping out from time to time. But once they stop supporting your particular model then there's a greater chance your router will slow.

In any case most ISPs should offer you a more updated router when they retire older versions - you may have to pay a discounted fee, or they could give you one for free.

Ask them and see
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It's actually my own, seemed like a much better deal than paying a monthly fee, guess it may be time to buy new.

Thanks for the reply!
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Old 05-12-2018, 09:22 AM
 
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internet traffic is more demanding than 7 years ago (internet streaming -- more devices: cellys, tabs, i-watches, fire/roku/chrome/... sticks, fitness trackers, ...).

a 1920 model-t will still have a max speed of 30mph in 2020.
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Old 05-12-2018, 02:19 PM
 
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internet traffic is more demanding than 7 years ago (internet streaming -- more devices: cellys, tabs, i-watches, fire/roku/chrome/... sticks, fitness trackers, ...).

a 1920 model-t will still have a max speed of 30mph in 2020.

I guess I'm a semi-Luddite , really haven't added any new devices/demands other than ChromeCast whose operation confounds me. There are videos that work in fits and starts on my laptop yet stream perfectly when cast, doesn't seem to me it's the router creating that issue.
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Old 05-12-2018, 03:11 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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I guess I'm a semi-Luddite , really haven't added any new devices/demands other than ChromeCast whose operation confounds me. There are videos that work in fits and starts on my laptop yet stream perfectly when cast, doesn't seem to me it's the router creating that issue.
Unless you're still watching the same video formats from 1995, your demands have increased. Even going to a web site requires more resource today than it did years ago. So the router isn't getting slower, it's still routing traffic based on the same logic. However, the content is likely using a lot more bandwidth today than it was in the past....
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Old 05-14-2018, 05:30 PM
 
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Its not the age, just the data it can only handle. As we keep growing, your router needs to grow as well. If you have a spare PC laying around, with 2 NIC cards, you can make your own router basically free of charge and no need to worry about bottlenecks. If you need to know more info, let me know.

Software is base on linux and simply a plug and play OS/router software. $50 a year for a key but you get full virus protection and other great features that some normal routers doesnt have. And you can future proof it! I am running 2x2gig nic cards on a i5-4xxx server, 8gig ram and 500g HD. I use 300 of it for data backups on my other PCs. I have a ac1900 for wifi needs that is bridge to it.

2 xbox, 2pc, 4 phones, 2 tabs all watching netflix or playing games with a 500MB connection. Just eats up about 1-2 gig of ram and 0.46 demand on the server. My Asus AC1900 was 50% full in services with the amount of data i was pushing through it. So now the PC does all the heavy lifting.
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:21 AM
 
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Its not the age, just the data it can only handle. As we keep growing, your router needs to grow as well. If you have a spare PC laying around, with 2 NIC cards, you can make your own router basically free of charge and no need to worry about bottlenecks. If you need to know more info, let me know.

Software is base on linux and simply a plug and play OS/router software. $50 a year for a key but you get full virus protection and other great features that some normal routers doesnt have. And you can future proof it! I am running 2x2gig nic cards on a i5-4xxx server, 8gig ram and 500g HD. I use 300 of it for data backups on my other PCs. I have a ac1900 for wifi needs that is bridge to it.

2 xbox, 2pc, 4 phones, 2 tabs all watching netflix or playing games with a 500MB connection. Just eats up about 1-2 gig of ram and 0.46 demand on the server. My Asus AC1900 was 50% full in services with the amount of data i was pushing through it. So now the PC does all the heavy lifting.


Thanks for the offer! I don't happen to have a spare PC laying around though. My computer use is very basic, other than this forum pretty much just Email and searches when I need/want to know something.
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