I never had a wireless router die, but having read it up I have come to the conclusion that spending more on a better made and higher spec router is a good idea.
Even though they are solid state they are susceptible to dust, over heating and power surges. You can get round some of this by having surge protection, by blowing dust out with an air line or something like a hair dryer on cold; by not stacking them and by giving them a well-ventilated location. It also helps to update firmware whenever it becomes available.
Another issue can be its capacity. A low spec unit may soon run out of memory for additional port-forwarding, for example, or low WAN to LAN throughput can lead to sluggish performance if you are streaming HD or 3D. Returning to factory settings and starting over can help. Frequent unplugging / plugging of network cables can cause worn parts. Also keeping virus ware updated and working is good for your whole network.
I have had a WNDR3700v1 for 3 years now. Quite expensive, but definitely my best ever network investment.
Try this for router specs. Router comparison charts
Virgin Media: 100mb/10Mb , land line, mobiles x2, TV - VIP HD box + TIVO 1Tb box.
Edited by roughbeast (Mon 31-Dec-12 20:18:11)