My first eBay burn

I bid on and won an out of production Netgear modem router(RM356) on ebay last week. I normally would never buy any type of electrical component especially a used one on ebay, but like I said, the device we wanted is no longer being made.

We have a couple of these units at clients who cannot yet get any type of hi-speed internet access. They’re nice and have worked great. Well, we needed another one, so that why I turned to ebay.

I received the unit yesterday, and as I try it out this morning, non of the LAN ports seem to work. The unit does power up but there is no connectivity on any of the 4 ports. This sucks bad. The seller stated that the unit was in working condition but is being sold as is. Which kind of ties my hands of anything I can do. I did send him an email letting him know, and maybe he will be willing to take it back, but I won’t hold my breath.

So let me pose a question to my millions of readers. Can anyone recommend a inexpensive LAN router that has a built 56k modem that preferably is still in production?

3 thoughts on “My first eBay burn”

  1. Keep in mind, many folks who sell on eBay live and die by the feedback ratings. Sellers should be selling working merchandise and if it’s not, provide an acceptable solution to remedy the situation.

    My suggestion would be to contact the seller and see if he would be willing to work with you, if not, state so in the feedback.

    Hope that helps.


  2. Yeah, that’s the plan. He does have a really good rating which is why I felt comfortable bidding on the device. If it were me, I’d refund the money less shipping just to keep everyone happy. And if he does, he will get a nice positive from me for it.

  3. Yea, Leave feedback if he doesn’t work with you.

    BTW: Linux and a modem makes a good Lan router on a Cheap PC just like you are wanting…

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