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Older Routers - What to do?

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Older Routers - What to do?

I have about 4 or 5 older routers. Tried listing them for like $10 each on FB Marketplace with no bites.

Any ideas on what to do with them?

Thanks!
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cessnabmw wrote: I have about 4 or 5 older routers. Tried listing them for like $10 each on FB Marketplace with no bites.

Any ideas on what to do with them?

Thanks!
Take the power adapters that plug into the router, those can be reused for other electronics if you find the exact Amp requirements. Then e-waste the rest of the router. Unless you need a dedicated router to make it into a switch. Some older routers cannot give you max speeds for wired internet with today's faster internet packages.
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List in BST Free to people, they will be gone.
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evilYoda wrote: Take the power adapters that plug into the router, those can be reused for other electronics if you find the exact Amp requirements. Then e-waste the rest of the router. Unless you need a dedicated router to make it into a switch. Some older routers cannot give you max speeds for wired internet with today's faster internet packages.
This is what I have used them for. Also good as a wireless repeater to give yourself more wireless coverage in your place of residence, unless they are so old they aren't wireless or are lower than wireless G or N. Then the third option is tie them together and make a boat anchor.
But honestly, I would just keep listing them, maybe put them on Kijiji also. Things might sell at the most random times, and it's free to post. You could even offer them all, for example $20, if you want to get rid of them and make a few bucks. Might be a better deal for someone then.
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switches or wireless bridges. Ac routers as wireless bridges aren't half bad as the tend to have more rx/tx power and better atennas than built in.
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Use them as a switch, repeater, etc. Beyond that, file 13.
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cessnabmw wrote: I have about 4 or 5 older routers. Tried listing them for like $10 each on FB Marketplace with no bites.

Any ideas on what to do with them?

Thanks!

Would you mind listing here what you have? Some of us don't need the latest and greatest
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wally_walrus wrote:
Would you mind listing here what you have? Some of us don't need the latest and greatest
Can I jump in on this action? I have a Cisco Linksys E3200 and a WRT160N I’m trying to get rid off. PM if interested.
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Mine bitcoin on em :D
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If a router is no longer receiving security updates, it's time to recycle it. Giving an insecure device to someone who doesn't know any better isn't doing them any favors.
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You could always flash them with one of the free, open-source firmwares,
such as Tomato, or Merlin. Both make the stock firmware look like a child's toy.
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cessnabmw wrote: I have about 4 or 5 older routers. Tried listing them for like $10 each on FB Marketplace with no bites.

Any ideas on what to do with them?

Thanks!
I usually use them as switches or access points until they are so obsolete there is nothing left but to recycle. Sometimes the router gives out first, sometimes the power adapter. But when one goes, the other is sure to follow shortly.
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wally_walrus wrote: Would you mind listing here what you have? Some of us don't need the latest and greatest
Here's what I have:


DLink Gigabit Switch - DGS-1005D
NetGear N300 WiFi Router WNR2000v5
NetGear Wireless N 150 Router WNR1000 v2
NetGear WiFi Range Extender WN2000RPT
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Use them as switches if their power usage isn't too high. e.g., a dedicated green switch may require 3W to operate, but a re-purposed old router may require 15W. That 12W difference adds up. Probably like a $10 difference in electricity per year. Use a power usage measuring device like a Kill-a-Watt to measure.
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I've got an old Asus RT-N66U doing gigabit switch duty no problem.
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cessnabmw wrote: Here's what I have:


DLink Gigabit Switch - DGS-1005D
NetGear N300 WiFi Router WNR2000v5
NetGear Wireless N 150 Router WNR1000 v2
NetGear WiFi Range Extender WN2000RPT
You only have 2 routers listed. You also have a decent switch (gigabit speed), plus a wireless N range extender that also seems to act as a wired switch. No need to convert the routers to a switch or range extender then.
You can try to get rid of the two routers, they are redundant unless you need a router. I wouldn't be surprised you're not getting a lot of traffic as they are older.
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I'm guessing WRT54G's are too old to even sell?
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mrweather wrote: I've got an old Asus RT-N66U doing gigabit switch duty no problem.
So much of this is application specific.
What works for one, may not for others.
I was slightly shocked by "old Asus RT-N66U".
I use one every day (as a router) and it serves my purposes well.
ManCaveGamer wrote: I'm guessing WRT54G's are too old to even sell?
Probably they are too old to sell, but if you have one they aren't necessarily useless.
I have one I use as a switch.
I have another I just keep handy and configure as a switch, bridge, or whatever I might need in the moment,
Both run Tomato.

I know of one still in active service.
Slow speed WISP.
Customer has no high bandwidth LAN requirements.
There just is no need for anything more, and it still works just fine.

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