router lifetime

George Bonser gbonser at
Sat Oct 2 20:35:47 CDT 2010

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Franck Martin 
> Sent: Saturday, October 02, 2010 4:23 PM
> To: nanog at
> Subject: router lifetime
> How long do you keep a router in production?

It depends on its purpose in the network, the change in requirements for that purpose over time,  and the vendor's support of the device.

A router handing 10Meg of traffic between offices might last until the vendor abandons all support of the unit. A router in a segment where traffic rates are changing rapidly might need replacement sooner.  Sometimes it is the introduction of some new technology that drives a change in equipment if the new feature provides some overall benefit.

> What is your cycle for replacement of equipment?

No set in stone replacement cycle.  

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