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    • kuepper
    • By kuepper 16th Jun 19, 8:17 PM
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    How to recycle old router et al?
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    • 16th Jun 19, 8:17 PM
    How to recycle old router et al? 16th Jun 19 at 8:17 PM
    Must be a common issue when you get a new router from new provider. You'd think it should be a compulsory service for former providers to recycle them free.No convenient council facility near me to do this at.
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    • busybee100
    • By busybee100 16th Jun 19, 8:26 PM
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    I usually sell on eBay. Some can be used as extenders.

    • gsmlnx
    • By gsmlnx 16th Jun 19, 8:32 PM
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    • 16th Jun 19, 8:32 PM
    Most ISP will have information on their websites about returning their old routers for free disposal under the WEEE Legislation. However they don't have to offer free postage for you to return said item.
    • kuepper
    • By kuepper 16th Jun 19, 9:17 PM
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    • 16th Jun 19, 9:17 PM
    I guess there's millions of these going into landfill every year, horrific
    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 17th Jun 19, 7:44 AM
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    • 17th Jun 19, 7:44 AM
    I guess there's millions of these going into landfill every year, horrific
    Originally posted by kuepper
    I've been using the same modem and same router for many years.

    It's all these manic switchers contributing to plastic waste, pollution and landfill
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    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 17th Jun 19, 8:45 AM
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    • 17th Jun 19, 8:45 AM
    It's all these manic switchers contributing to plastic waste, pollution and landfill
    Originally posted by onomatopoeia99
    You don't have a choice if it's Sky ADSL, they lock you to their own router.
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    • greyteam1959
    • By greyteam1959 17th Jun 19, 8:56 AM
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    • 17th Jun 19, 8:56 AM
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    • 17th Jun 19, 8:56 AM
    Freegle / Freecycle / Trashnothing & all the rest.
    Put it on Gumtree or Preloved as a 'Free' item.
    Plenty of people can find a use for them.
    • Croft12
    • By Croft12 17th Jun 19, 9:24 AM
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    • 17th Jun 19, 9:24 AM
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    • 17th Jun 19, 9:24 AM
    Most ISP will have information on their websites about returning their old routers for free disposal under the WEEE Legislation. However they don't have to offer free postage for you to return said item.
    Originally posted by gsmlnx

    Some do


    https://bt.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/53417/~/how-to-return-and-recycle-your-bt-broadband-hub-and-bt-tv-box-for-free


    Some ISP work with another router. BT/Plusnet work so do nowtv and sky (iirc?)


    Many decent routers can be reconfigured to act as repeater or extenders for wifi.
    • AndyPK
    • By AndyPK 17th Jun 19, 10:30 AM
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    • 17th Jun 19, 10:30 AM
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    • 17th Jun 19, 10:30 AM
    Sell on ebay.

    I did notice one company didn't force you to have one recently.
    • JJ Egan
    • By JJ Egan 17th Jun 19, 11:18 AM
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    I have sent about six back to BT as per BTs instuctions .
    usually get an email and often a recycle bag with new equipment .
    • logderson
    • By logderson 25th Jun 19, 12:10 PM
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    I try to sell it too.
    • anniecave
    • By anniecave 12th Aug 19, 7:33 PM
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    I recently changed provider and my new provider (Post Office) failed to send a router until I phoned up to ask why it hadn't been received, then it took a further 5 days to arrive. I currently have old routers for plusnet, BT and sky due to previous switches. Can someone technical confirm whether if I say re-signed up to plusnet or sky then would a previous router work, or would I have to use their newly provided router?



    I'm just wondering if my old routers really do have no use, or would they possibly work in the above scenario?
    Indecision is the key to flexibility.
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 12th Aug 19, 8:19 PM
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    Can someone technical confirm whether if I say re-signed up to plusnet or sky then would a previous router work, or would I have to use their newly provided router?
    Originally posted by anniecave
    Some routers are locked to an ISP or limited range of ISPs. In the router setup where it asks for

    Broadband username or login name yourusername@plusdsl.net
    it might not allow an address that isn't plusdsl.net (or whatever).

    However if your router once worked with Plusnet then it should still work - you'll just need to change the yourusername to yournewusername .

    Also some ISPs don't need anything specific in that setup entry as they work from your BT line number.

    You can usually reuse an old router as a wifi access point joining it to the 'main' router with an ethernet cable, and turn off DHCP server on the 'old' router.

    Old/cheaper routers may not have newer 5GHz wifi (Plusnet Hub 0 doesn't have 5GHz, Plusnet Hub 1 is the same internally as the BT Homehub 5 and does).
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    • hollie.weimeraner
    • By hollie.weimeraner 15th Aug 19, 12:01 PM
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    You don't have a choice if it's Sky ADSL, they lock you to their own router.
    Originally posted by Owain Moneysaver
    Not any more.

    This changed a couple of years ago, but they don't make it easy to get your login details.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=sky+broadband+different+router&rlz=1C1GCE B_enGB798GB798&oq=sky+broadband+and+differ&aqs=chr ome.1.69i57j0l2.8119j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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    • wild666
    • By wild666 15th Aug 19, 3:33 PM
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    I bought my own modem/router so have no need to get one from the new ISP
    Someone please tell me what money is
    • macman
    • By macman 19th Aug 19, 3:46 PM
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    You don't have a choice if it's Sky ADSL, they lock you to their own router.
    Originally posted by Owain Moneysaver
    They try to. But it is not too tricky to extract the username and set up your own router instead.
    Most routers more than 3 or 4 years old won't support fibre services (i.e they are ADSL not VDSL), so of limited use now ,as most of us have upgraded to FTTC.
    Last edited by macman; Yesterday at 3:49 PM.
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