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Why you should change Wi-Fi router more often that you think

Why you should change Wi-Fi router more often that you think How to understand that it is time to change Wi-Fi router (photo: Unsplash)

Most people rarely think about updating their Wi-Fi routers. They provide their owners with Internet access for a long time. However, if you notice alarming signs such as slow connection, slow download speed, and connection issues, you may want to consider getting a new device, writes Tachus.

How to understand that it is time to change the router

The answer to the question of how often a router should be updated is simple: it is recommended to do it every 3-5 years. Similar to other electronic devices, routers eventually age.

New technologies and opportunities that affect the principle of data transmission, the number of channels, and speed, are constantly emerging. For example, devices compatible with Wi-Fi 7 are already available. Although this is a new standard, manufacturers are actively using Wi-Fi 5 and 6.

If you haven't updated your router in a while, your new phone or laptop may have connection issues.

Signs that your router is outdated

Low speed and performance

Frequently visited sites open more slowly, movies in online cinemas take a long time to load, and there is nothing to say about downloading large files.

Unstable connection

When several devices are connected at once, some gadgets involuntarily disconnect from the network.

Signal disappears

Devices far from the router catch the signal worse or periodically lose it.

Incompatibility with new devices

Gadgets that support new Wi-Fi standards struggle to connect or work slower than they could.

Previously, we wrote about which way to turn the antennas of the Wi-Fi router so that the Internet works better.

Also, check out the material explaining why it is important to turn off the Wi-Fi on your smartphone at night.