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Old 10-02-2019, 12:41 PM   #1
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Would you buy a "renewed" router or a new router?


I am switching from a DSL 12 mbps connection to a 50 mbps peer to peer radio based network connection. So, I will be sending back my modem/wireless router and I will be needing a new wireless router.

The new ISP I will be going with recommends Netgear Nighthawk x4 or higher. I have found a few that look promising.

They want it to be 802.11ac, and not much else has been suggested.

On Amazon, I found some AC1900's 1 is an R7000-100NAR for $114 and another is an R6900-100NAS for $118 both are renewed. A new AC1900 R7000 is $130.

And then I saw a renewed Nighthawk X6 AC3000 R7900 for $120. New is around $200.

Any suggestions?
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Re: Would you buy a "renewed" router or a new router?


You have to do what you're comfortable with.

Personally, I do not ever consider buying refubished equipment. I get forced into that with a few auto parts just because there are not always "brand new" available. When it comes to electronics, though, I only purchase new.
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I've bought several power tools over the years that were factory refurbished - none of them ever disappointed me. They'll have a few scratches but normally carry the same warranty as a new tool at a reduced price.






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I personally have had problems with refurbished things, so I would buy new. I'd also buy the latest model that's affordable to you. They update so often that you always want to stay ahead so you don't have to replace any time soon.
Are you sure they aren't giving you a modem/router combo? That's what they're using nowadays. You wouldn't have to buy a separate router then.
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I personally have had problems with refurbished things, so I would buy new. I'd also buy the latest model that's affordable to you. They update so often that you always want to stay ahead so you don't have to replace any time soon.
Are you sure they aren't giving you a modem/router combo? That's what they're using nowadays. You wouldn't have to buy a separate router then.
As I mentioned, it is a peer to peer radio connection. No modem is needed. It is a wireless network, but not in the vane of an LTE system. I will have an antenna on my house pointed at a tower that has a radio antenna as well.

It is a line of sight radio that connects to an Ethernet cable then to a PoE adapter (to supply power to the antenna) and then to the router.

I have bought refurbished tools and other items in the past. My feelings are that they don't want it back again so they check it all out, repair/replace what needs to be done and then sells it as refurbished. But I have never done this with electronics. Coffee Makers, tools, and some other things but never electronics.
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The monitor on my wife's desk was refurbished, we've had it about a year and it works fine although she doesn't get on it everyday.
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I bought a refurbished laptop about 3 years ago, use it daily.
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Wondering what 'they' do to renew or refurbish a used router.
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Replace or re solder whatever it was that failed.
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I'm old enough to remember buying vinyl records with the hole punch in the sleeve corner. Was it a used record? No, it was a 'second'. That could mean overstock, getting too old because newer records were coming out, the manufacturer made too many, the market for intended sale was other than the US, the production run was near the end of how many records could be made from the master, packaging had an error etc. In many of these cases, the product had never been used.

In electronics, product is sometimes moved as 'refurbished' to meet sales numbers, and for same reasons as above. There are returns but no figures are ever provided to know how many items are truly flawed, how many were damaged by customer or how many were returned completely functional 'just because'. My wife may buy 3 different clothing items and return 2 because of fit, taste, style, compatibility etc.

And then there's the argument that new product off the line is QA tested maybe 1 in 10? You could get a bad one because yours was built on a Monday. Refurbs are supposedly all tested when returned. Repair guy/gal can't spend a whole lot of time on every returned item.

It's an unknown territory with no real data, just people's experience.

I have been satisfied with my experience buying refurbed stuff. If you get a limited warranty, know your options.
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Re: Would you buy a "renewed" router or a new router?


Thanks for all the input. I appreciate it.

Now for a new question.

Any suggestions for good places to buy routers besides B-Buy, Amazon, Target and NewEgg?
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Never bought a router from them but I've been satisfied with TigerDirect.com
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I am not familiar with your antenna/radio type of service.

What I do know is that modems are rated/ranked by how many streams of data down and up they can handle. More = higher speed.

A router gives you more hardwired ports and wi-fi capability in your own environment (not as fast as hardwired).

50 mbps will be superfast for you, relatively speaking, compared to DSL. A router with a lot of ports (more than 4?) may be important.

TigerDirect was combo of failed CircuitCity and CompUSA. Resold since but entirely internet by a new owner. Not sure of their backend support. Maybe new sealed product only? 'Refurb' by original manufacturer is more reliable than a renewer who is certified by manufacturer but they are more reliable than an entity that just declares itself a remanufacturer.

The test equipment and experience of tech repair staff is important.

Stretch a bit and look for best deals for new. Maybe try dealnews.com which handles overstock of many brands.
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Replace or re solder whatever it was that failed.

I get that if it had failed, but there is a different between broken and simply previously loved. I would hope there is at least a testing protocol that confirms it works.
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for 50mbps you can use any cheap router, thats a slow connection. any 30-40$ router will do the job
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