It probably wasn’t too long ago that you purchased your own wifi router to attach to your internet device from your internet provider. Electronics only last so long, and the day always comes that your new $100 router, will be used as a paper weight. The question becomes what do you do with that old wireless router. Here are 5 ideas on what to do with your old wifi wireless router.
#1 Guest Connection
Turn your old router into a guest connection. This means when you purchase a new wifi router, you will turn this old unit into a wifi only for your guest. This can help in separating your communications from those who visit with machines that may or may not be virus protected.
#2 Closed Network
Use your old wifi network as a spot connection, total isolation of network packets. You could place all your streaming services on this network, helping to illiminate lag and ensure consistent speed of those services.
#3 Firmware update
Install a new more robust firmware on your router such as tomato or dd-wrt just to name a few. These firmware updates would replace the underlining software that runs your home network. This could add more capabilities to your network such as Qos, VLAN, Wifi repeater, VPN, and more.
#4 Sell your device
If you don’t want to even deal with all the head aches of flashing firmware or setting up other networks, think about selling your device on Ebay.com. Many people are interested in the older technologies because of the external antennas, and the fore mention firmware flash. If you have time put your device online for sale, if you research you can get a good penny back from an otherwise depreciating device.
Turn your wifi into a free wifi solution that could make you money, with updates you could choose to turn your wifi into a free wifi hotspot. This would allow you to let people connect to your wifi, for a fee, and while your thinking I couldn’t do this. Image an appartment building covering many floors if your signal is good enough you could make a small amount on a monthly basis.
All these alternatives are available the next time you look in your closet and find your old router siting on the shelf collecting dust think, you could be selling it or using it to your advantage. You make the choice it’s up to you.