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    Is it a good idea to buy used Routers?

    I'm having a very slow internet connection and I just found out that it is because of the router. So, I was advised to get a new router but I run out of budget and I'm planning to buy a used router instead,, any thoughts on this? thanks!

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    I have done it in the past several times. It is just like buying anything else used..........the seller's feedback and integrity are primary. You may wish to buy a "refurbished unit". At least with those someone has inspected the unit for proper operating condition. Ask your cable company or ISP for a list of compatible modems.

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    While a used router seems to be so cheap, it may not work well long enough for you. Think of it as an investment, more importantly if you will use it on work purposes. I would rather buy a new one with a warranty on it rather than an old and used one. Just my thoughts.
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    I'm out of budget so I think I'll just stick with a refurbished router. I'll buy a new one after a couple of months. Anyway, I was looking into buying refurbished routers here. Do you know if they are any good? Are they reliable? Thanks for replying!

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    Are you sure it is the router? How fast is your internet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandman View Post
    Are you sure it is the router? How fast is your internet?
    Should check before actually purchasing a new or used router. :-)

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    Why not you buy from amazon because you get a router with good condition in low price there as well as you can get a used one there if any person is selling there
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    One reason for buying a router new vs used is that an older router has older technology. And what that means is how fast it will stream the wireless data back and forth from your computer. A newer router will be able to handle more data ( or bandwidth ) -as in video streaming to your tablet or phone. So if buying used look for a type of router marked with at least an 'N'. For example.. An 802.11-N router. A,B,G,N...these letters indicate the speed (how fast) a router can transmit wirelessly. The newest speed designation is called "AC" but N routers should be perfect for what you're looking for. A "G" router would still work but, again, it's older and that's where the "slowness" occurs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmind View Post
    I'm having a very slow internet connection and I just found out that it is because of the router. So, I was advised to get a new router but I run out of budget and I'm planning to buy a used router instead,, any thoughts on this? thanks!
    Yeah, sometimes used router is good to get, because it's already checked if it's okay by connection. Just like I do recently,(deleted by mod rule violation)
    Last edited by Treasure_Hunter; Jan 16, 2019 at 06:48 PM.

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    Should figure out where the bottleneck is.
    WiFi vs wired
    If the router suffers from 'bloat' (reboot usually takes care of it. Typically too much cruft in the NAT & arp tables)

    Connect a wired PC directly to the modem (be careful since you won't have a firewall, other then the OS one) and run a speed test (not a flash based but a html5 version, much more reliable)
    Back on router, speed test via WiFi and wired and compare.

    The one and only virus/malware I've ever gotten (that I know of) in ~35 years was on linux, and it flooded my NAT table. But being able see the NAT table on a consumer router isn't the norm. (I'm using an old Cisco 2851 router)

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    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmind View Post
    I'm having a very slow internet connection and I just found out that it is because of the router. So, I was advised to get a new router but I run out of budget and I'm planning to buy a used router instead,, any thoughts on this? thanks!
    Yea there's no problem in that. I've donw several times. Just checkout the proxy settings and firewall configurations before buying it.

 

 

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