Worthless WiFi fails the ebay test
I play around with a lot of computer equipment in my average working year, much of which ends up dumped in my loft or garage when I no longer want or need it.
Like many other people, I'd like to think I can occasionally sell my outdated hardware for a few quid to those searching for a bargain online.
Moderate successes on Ebay with a portable printer and digital camera gave me reasons to be optimistic, but nothing quite prepared me for the dearth of interest in old WiFi equipment – anything based on 802.11g will just about yield a bit of beer money, but 802.11b and 802.11a kit is worthless.
On reflection, I should have expected little else from a technology which as had three standards refreshes in the last five years, and which is now given away for free in virtually every new portable computer on the market.
Even so, it makes you wonder (and sometimes weep) why expensive equipment that cost £100s of pounds to buy only a few years ago will no longer fetch even a few pence. Did it really fulfil its value in such a short space of time, or are we all being collectively ripped off by manufacturers laughing all the way to the bank?
Given the rapid price depreciation, I think it only right that WiFi equipment manufacturers should pay heed to the WEEE directive and make sure their products are biodegradable in the future.
Or maybe they just make the access points out of old wire coat hangers and egg shell boxes – at least that way they’ll find some use in school art projects.
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