Generally, we recommend you upgrade to a new router every three to four years.
That accounts for how often people typically upgrade devices like smartphones (every two years) and computers (every three to four years).
How many years does a router last?
The most we can do to answer this question is observe, research, and provide an educated estimate. I scoured through some online forums to read up on some experts’ opinions and from what I could collate, a wireless router typically lasts from two to five years.
Do routers go bad over time?
There’s no reason a router has to wear out over time, it’s just something that many of them end up doing. All electronic components will wear out over time, routers are no different. Even if you run them in a vacuum or sealed with only a noble gas they will eventually fail.
How long do routers and modems last?
Cable modems seem to last about 3-4 years as well. But changing DOCSIS standards plays a role with cable modems. Sometimes a modem still works, but it doesn’t work with new standards. So a cable modem can go functionally obsolete while it still has some service life in it.
Do home routers wear out?
Routers wear out from heat stress. The heat that comes from the router working to connect all of your many devices can damage wires and components inside. They have vents that allow the heat to escape. The smaller the vents, the easier it is for the router to clog up and overheat.