I have a LinkSys BEFSR41 wired cable-router (version 1) that I purchased back in 1998. Yes, its about 12 years old.
It works, there is nothing physically wrong with it but I got to wondering - could I be getting better performance with a new router? I am supposed to get 20M download speeds and if I am lucky, sometimes I get 14M. Most of the time I get 7M to 9M and once the evening comes and a lot of people get online around my area - I notice a severe degradation in service down to 2M to 3M. I dont know if that is my cable router not really being able to handle the bandwidth since back in 1998 I was ecstatic to get 1M!
So, does it matter? Should I replace the BEFSR41 with a newer model? (I do not want wireless). I have read this and while it makes sense because of older/less secure protocols, it doesnt apply to my question here.