What's the Reasonable Life of a Wireless Router?

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jbraunfeld

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My wireless router does not seem to be working for Internet connectivty despite many reboots. It's (Netgear fm114p) been in use for less about 10 months. The only thing I can think of is I had some wiring work done to an electrical outlet. Since then, it started requiring power reboots during the day (due to losing a signal); then within the week (yesterday), the lights are not working correctly.

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Only 10 months it should still be warrantied through the mfgr. This soho equipment I usually like to get at least 3 years out of them.

Have you performed a hard reset? Or a firmware upgrade? I would save all the settings you have customized on there and try both those options before calling customer support of Netgear to get a replacement.
 
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More than likely, its a heat issue. I've seen them last for months like you and years in other places. My Linksys BEFSR41 has been going for close to 5 years now.
 

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I think you're onto something with the heat issue. Last night we smelled something funny after trying to switch it from the outlet that had been worked on to the power strip it was originally in. What should I do?
 

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I just had the Power Supply on my D-Link 704p go bad. I have had that router for close to 4 years I think. A quick trip down to Radio Shack fixed that problem.
 
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