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Can Routers Stop Working?

Reviewed By: Kevin Pocock

Last Updated on August 11, 2023
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A failure in an internet router can cut you off from the rest of the world. However, with countless hours of continuous usage, it is normal that it may stop working. 

In the article below, we will discuss whether a router can stop working, and if so, what are its possible causes?

Can a Router Stop Work Suddenly?

Yes, routers can stop working at any point during their use. However, there may not be a single reason for that. Sometimes, they stop working without any reason, and other times there can be a technical internal or external fault causing them to stop functioning. Moreover, a router may even show a clear warning or a symptom before it stops working.

It is possible that you turn on the router properly, but there is no internet connection. All active connections are lost, and you are cut off from the ISP. It can take time to find out the leading cause of the issue. However, restoring the router to its working condition is possible without wasting too much time or money.


How Long Can a Router Normally Last?

There may not be a specific period or life expectancy of a router as many factors come into play when determining your router’s life span. However, most experts suggest that if fewer smart devices are connected to a router that is well-maintained or used carefully, it can last around 5-6 years easily.


A router’s functionality can be compromised for various reasons, with overuse or misuse being the most prevalent causes. To prolong the life of your router, experts recommend careful usage and regulating the number of connected devices. Ensuring the router is placed in a cool, clean, and well-ventilated area can help prevent overheating and potential mishaps. If you follow these steps, you can be sure that your routers won’t stop working.

Kevin is the Editor of PC Guide. He has a broad interest and enthusiasm for consumer electronics, PCs and all things consumer tech - and more than 15 years experience in tech journalism.