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Old 05-11-2013, 01:53 AM
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You can extend the life of a router significantly by being willing to fix them.

I recommend getting a good soldering iron and an additional cheap desoldering iron (the ones with the little bump attached to them)
Your time must be "free"?

I'm currently seeing if I want to repair my washing machine. But that's worth an hour or two of my time to save spending $700+ at this time. But to repair a $50 to $100 router, not so much.
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I mainly fix them in my spare time.

usually if the electronic device is more than $10 I will repair it. (done many cheap radios, powered speakers and other random items, it is fun to do and it saves you money)

If the SOC is still working then replacing passives is often easy and cheap, and you get to use higher quality components, eg instead of crappy 85C 1000 hour caps, you can throw in some 125c 2000 hour caps or even some 10,000 hour caps with lower ESR.

and if you are lucky to get custom firmware that actually unlocks overclocking, then you can add a nice heatsink while the unit is opened and not only enjoy your repaired router, but also enjoy it overclocked.

(fun back in the day with the WRT54GL, I eventually repaired it because it started to randomly reboot, replaced some aging caps and also used a higher quality power adapter)

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