Is it safe to buy a used router?
i suspect that since there are not many moving parts in them, not much wear and tear?
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you just rocked my worldintx wrote: ↑ The 'moving parts' theory is overrated.
Although technically, there are moving parts in chips, they are just electrons on a microscopic scale that eventually wear down the 'walls' inside a chip. Heat usually causes it to wear down faster.
But yes, most wifi routers tend to wear down and eventually fail, I haven't looked into exactly why, but my guess is because wifi chipsets generate a lot of heat and the majority of the home routers do not have cooling fans.
https://www.howtogeek.com/125747/is-it- ... ear-out-2/
https://superuser.com/questions/238961/ ... ep-failing
https://www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimf ... eem_to_go/
It's actually a lot like car engines. Car engines have 'moving parts' but can last nearly 'forever' if:
1. originally built to last
2. well maintained
3. well cooled
Same thing applies to computers/electronics. CPU Processors tend to have no problems because they are usually built to last, and nearly all have a cooling fan and heat sink with them. The ones that don't tend to die quicker (unless they don't produce much heat to begin with).
Then you have brand new TVs that only last a year, despite being LCD + LED lit, in theory, should last a long time, but the manufacturer cut corners somewhere and that particular model isn't 'built to last.'
Yet people often expect these to last forever because 'no moving parts.'
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the cheaper routers e.g Tp links, transmissters tend to die after a year.
Dec 30th, 2019 12:30 am
With the usual cautions, yes, it is as safe to buy a used router as any other used electronic equipment.
Dec 30th, 2019 2:52 am