Results 1 to 5 of 5

Routers and Modems...what to do with them

| General Electronics Recycling
  1. #1
    ozarksewaste started this thread.
    SMF Badges of Honor

    Member since
    Sep 2013
    Thanked 60 Times in 30 Posts

    Routers and Modems...what to do with them

    I've got tubs and tubs of home internet routers and modems...all brands, all internet varieties, and all speeds.

    If you were to set a cutoff of where one would reasonably, ie make $10 or more on ebay, start keeping them, what speeds, categories, etc would you draw the line at?

    Is it worth tearing them down for boards or just sell them whole for scrap?

  2. #2
    HipoGear's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor

    Member since
    May 2015
    Rochester, NY
    Thanked 884 Times in 391 Posts
    You would have to look at ebay sold listings and be willing to test them to determine if there is any resale value. Scrapping them by removing the boards is super quick and easy for some decent boards.

  3. The Following 2 Users say Thank You for This Post by HipoGear:

  4. #3
    webuyselltradestuff's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor

    Member since
    May 2013
    Watkinsville, GA
    Thanked 1,281 Times in 583 Posts
    easy answer...if it is NOT a N (and those are somewhat old at this point) or an AC, then scrap it. The ONLY caveat to this is if you have say a CISCO router or possibly a couple of other server grade routers. Glance at used N router prices...they have got to be pretty low these days. AC routers are current an have resale value. CISCO routers most certainly do IF it is a working unit (as does other server grade ones). Otherwise, bust open and pull board...those go for a fairly high grade.

    Good luck!
    PROFIT is made when you BUY/ACQUIRE NOT when you sell

  5. The Following User Says Thank You to webuyselltradestuff for This Post:

  6. #4
    Breakage's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor

    Member since
    Aug 2016
    Thanked 226 Times in 126 Posts
    I just box and sell them whole. There are a couple buyers, here, who buy them in the case. I have dismantled a few but it seems like if you are doing this on your own, like me, and you have hundreds, it could also work to just put them in a gaylord and move on to something with a better return for the amount of work involved in tearing them apart.

    I almost never see the AC routers or CISCO equipment but ours is mostly a collection from residential. If you have been getting stuff from office cleanouts and businesses, the odds are better that you have higher-end, newer stuff.

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to Breakage for This Post:

  8. #5
    armygreywolf's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor

    Member since
    Dec 2013
    Germantown, WI
    Thanked 1,928 Times in 604 Posts
    I no longer have luck listing N routers or cards. I now only retain AC or N300 and above. Don't expect to make much though, I sold a used netgear R7000 for 32 dollars and they are on the shelf at walmart for a hundred still. Couple that with 12 dollars in ate up shipping it starts to not be worth it unless you have time dedication to listing them one after another.

    WI ITAD LLC, IT Liquidation Services, we remarket, buy and sell scrap electronics No customer too large or small!

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to armygreywolf for This Post:

  10. Similar threads on the Scrap Metal Forum

    1. What to do with routers, modems, etc
      By ozarksewaste in forum General Electronics Recycling
      Replies: 4
      Last Post: 09-30-2016, 07:28 PM
    2. Wireless routers anyone?
      By JustInTime in forum SMF Member Listings
      Replies: 0
      Last Post: 01-29-2015, 07:39 AM
    3. Reasonable for gaylord of mixed routers?
      By loneranger86 in forum Scrap Metal Questions and Answers
      Replies: 2
      Last Post: 05-17-2013, 02:56 PM
      By klingdave in forum General Electronics Recycling
      Replies: 11
      Last Post: 03-28-2013, 11:33 AM
    5. Cable Modems
      By GeorgeB in forum General Electronics Recycling
      Replies: 39
      Last Post: 06-13-2012, 08:28 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Browse the Most Recent Threads



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

The Scrap Metal Forum

    The Scrap Metal Forum is the #1 scrap metal recycling community in the world. Here we talk about the scrap metal business, making money, where we connect with other scrappers, scrap yards and more.

SMF on Facebook and Twitter

Twitter Facebook