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Can a router go bad?

#1 User is offline   mingchichow 

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 07:39 AM

I have a 4 year old linksys 802.11g router and it seems to be getting slower. I hard wired my imac intel to the modem (comcast) and she flew. When I rebooted the router it also ran faster ( not as fast as direct wired). So can a router go bad?
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Posted 08 March 2007 - 12:06 PM

Hmmmm. . . . I had one get a little rowdy on spring break once, but really, truly "go bad"? Nah. I've been using a Netgear something-or-other (too lazy to check at the moment) for several years, with no problem. There's really very little that can incrementally/gradually "go bad" in a router, as far as I understand things. Now, perhaps in the way the computer is talking to the router, maybe there's some issue there. But I seriously doubt it's the router itself.
I'd be interested in hearing input from others, though--I'm always trying to remain open to new knowledge!
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Posted 08 March 2007 - 12:32 PM

Well, like all electronics, things can break over time, so it's not outside the realm of possibility. I've even heard of routers and cable/DSL modems getting fried in a lightning storm.
I'd double check the firmware and if it's wireless, whether maybe a neighbor is piggybacking.
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Posted 08 March 2007 - 01:38 PM

I'll ask the question: Are you and have you always used some encryption on your router?
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#5 User is offline   hafisher 

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 08:35 PM

I'd tend to look into the piggybacking etc. I've had a router fail and it just went kaput. Nothing gradual about it, unless you consider a lot of connection cycling (on and off - not slow) for about 10 minutes and then zip.
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#6 User is offline   mr.steevo 

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 04:20 PM

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I'll ask the question: Are you and have you always used some encryption on your router?


Good point. WEP is supposed to be a problem.
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