Ariella: Things work differently in some countries here. Some companies will take the modem back after two years, which is about when you renew or not the contract, and will give you a new one. If they have updated the networks in your area, they will change all the modems in the area.
If you want to return the modem you got, they will recycle. One of the companies has a program that if you give your modem to a friend who wants the same service, your friend doesn't have to pay for a modem, so they get immediatelly connected with a discount.
In Finland the networks are updated pretty often and companies update and upgrade the modems. Otherwise, you can experience problems if you have an older modem and an upgraded broadband. You know a move around Europe a lot and live in different places for extended periods of time. I have never found better broadband than in the Nordics and Baltics. Not even in the U.K. In the Nordic and Baltics you get excellent Internet: cheap and flies. The modems are 5G ready.
Ariella: Sure. Let's not forget a modem is also a piece of electronics. Once I experienced the power of soup. Don't ask me how some of the soup ended up on my keyboard. It was during the Holidays and I was on a deadline due Jan 2.
This is to say that there was no one to fix my Mac, not much to do, just to wait. I tried everything, including putting rice all over the keyboard. They say it absorbs moisture. At the end, I got the keyboard changed and my Mac came back to life. But yeah, soup can be powerful as well. :/
I have been working on a project recently to take older "modem/routers" to help get a new IT Infrastructure established--and we've pulled it off--although it is true that we see transformations on a consistent basis, I still think that we have to squeeze out life out of the olrder machines ASAP...and the team at https://www.keepod.com/ is another manifestation of it which I have tested it..and have told them I'd be pleased to serve an Ambassador.
@Susan true, but the companies don't seem to offer to swap out your equipment all that often. I'm pretty sure they make a lot more than the cost of the entire modem in the course of the year they rent it to you.
@Susan yes, indeed.I imagine even water would have had the same destructive effect. Perhaps it's good practice to keep your router tucked out of the way and protected from any possible contact with beverages sipped while in front of a computer.
DonBrowne 3/21/2019 10:08:54 AM User Rank Gigamaster
I've always bought my own routers with CenturyLink and Xfinity but one has to be prepared for the installer to try to convince you that their router is needed, or know that the installer might not know how to install your equipment properly. I've run into that problem on each initial install. My understanding is an updated router might be needed if you're upgrading to a newer higher speed that the older router can't handle.
@Ariella this days technology keep developing and manf. keep making new one almost each six month as to plug in security holes in hardware... and I do not see end for it... as I keep reading security flows in design on hardware level and only solution is to made new one...
Yes, modems do become obsolete rather quickly. Perhaps you don't notice but the performance is noticeable when you compare an old one to a new modem. It's the same with computers. Think how much better a new hardware equipment performs.
Ariella 3/20/2019 10:31:01 AM User Rank Gigamaster
@afwrtier do modems go obsolete that quicky? I don't think we ever had to upgrade our modem, though Optimum did send us some device to enable WiFi that I don't think we're using as we had already bought one.