I've been having issues lately on ours--for last year or two, wireless devices would lose connection randomly. These days my work laptop refuses to run VPN; and now when I use a hard connection via Ethernet it still has problems. My wife called our provider and now we're getting a new modem&router; apparently it was the same price for just a modem vs router (we get to pay $4/month for it, which I don't understand), so we got the router. But the woman was shocked that ours was 9 years old. We goofed and bought a router a while ago, only to realize that we needed a modem too. I'm going to be curious if this new modem&router has a direct outlet so as to connect to a different router. I wonder if we can store this unused router for a few years and use it at later date.