Are refurbished routers safe to buy?

JTag

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Original poster
Aug 28, 2007
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I am planning to buy a refurbished wireless router, probably Netgear, and I was wondering if they are safe to buy. Is there a chance that they will have poor performance?

Thanks in advance!
 

emac82

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Feb 17, 2007
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NB, Canada
As long as they come with a warranty, I wouldn't be worried. I worked in a computer store for a couple of years, and for awhile we sold refurbished Netgear router, and they came with a 1-year warranty. We had about 100 and I don't recall every seeing any issues with them, I don't even think we had to exchange one.
 

mrfrosty

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Oct 1, 2005
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netgear routers can run v. warm. Having said they they are pretty reliable, of the 100 or so that i have dealt with on our network we have had about 5 fail in 3 years.
 

todd2000

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Nov 14, 2005
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Danville, VA
I have a refurb Netgear wireless router that I have been running for almost 2.5 years with no problems. It does get a little warm, but is very stable and reliable.
 

kygeographer

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Aug 18, 2005
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Frankfort, KY
I think you'd be pretty safe. At any rate, the product's been looked over twice, once before leaving the factory the first time, and again after being returned to make sure everything is in working order. I think you'd run the same risk of having a new router crap out on you.

As the others have said, I'd recommend having a warranty on the router, or at the very least, a return policy in case the router is dead on arrival.
 

mac4matt

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Jun 28, 2006
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Chicago, IL
I bought a refurbished airport express and it works fine. It just has a few scratches, but it's a router so...

Actually, I ended up selling it to my brother bc I needed the money (and I'm currently mooching off my friend's wireless... :). I was able to set up his Macbook and Toshiba XP laptop on the network with wireless printing and iTunes. It's pretty sweet.
 

FrancesTN

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Apr 1, 2017
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Your help needed, please.
Apple Desktop, iPod, Charter.net, NO wifi
To download ebooks I need to go to the Library.
I wish to purchase a refurbished - whatever it takes to download books-- plug-in, desktop, ???
and would like to know what you would recommend for me. They range from $22 on up.
Be aware that I have NO understanding of routers except it gives you a hotspot in your home or location.
Which is most reliable, easy to set up, cheap, long lasting and compatible with OS X. What will it do for me other than downloading ebooks? Thank you Frances
 

kwikdeth

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Feb 25, 2003
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Tempe, AZ
Your help needed, please.
Apple Desktop, iPod, Charter.net, NO wifi
To download ebooks I need to go to the Library.
I wish to purchase a refurbished - whatever it takes to download books-- plug-in, desktop, ???
and would like to know what you would recommend for me. They range from $22 on up.
Be aware that I have NO understanding of routers except it gives you a hotspot in your home or location.
Which is most reliable, easy to set up, cheap, long lasting and compatible with OS X. What will it do for me other than downloading ebooks? Thank you Frances
probably airport express. very easy to set up, inexpensive, doesnt have a ton of features you don't need. works great with Apple devices.
 

HDFan

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Jun 30, 2007
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I hope so. I just bought a refurbished airport extreme.
I purchased both an AC Time Capsule and Extreme refurbished from the Apple store years ago and haven't had any problems. Believe they came with a 1 year warranty.
 

kwikdeth

macrumors 65816
Feb 25, 2003
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Tempe, AZ
I purchased both an AC Time Capsule and Extreme refurbished from the Apple store years ago and haven't had any problems. Believe they came with a 1 year warranty.
my refurb Airport Extreme is going on 4+ years of daily usage with no issues.
 
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