Well, it is difficult to tell how often you should replace your router. But, there are some telltale signs which indicate it is time to replace your router which you have been using for years.
- Routers can’t and don’t last forever. Therefore, you need to buy a new one if your older router breaks.
- If you are buying a new device which supports the latest wireless standards such as 802.11ac, you may as well consider buying a new router. The old routers top out at 802.11g or 802.11n speeds and they might not be compatible with your brand new laptop or smartphone.
- As the router gets older, its networking range degrades. If you are also experiencing similar problems, you should go for a new router with more range and better specifications.
- Internet providers increase your speed from time to time in increments. Older routers are theoretically adequate for speeds of up to 50Mbps. But, what if you IPS upgrades your internet speed to 200Mbps. In this case, the only option is to buy a new router.
A crowded house also warrants replacement of the old router. It isn’t difficult to connect a couple of devices to older routers. But, they will struggle if all members of your family have smartphones or laptops and they remain connected all of the time. In this case, your old router simply cannot carry that load. The only solution to this problem is to get a new router with fast multicore CPU and latest 802.11ac wireless standard