Router heating up too much?

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  1. Swerve

    Swerve OT Supporter

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    Today I installed a Belkin modem/router (802.11g) and have had it running for about 12 hours now straight.

    Just a minute ago I lost internet connection and the LED had turned red.

    I unplugged it and plugged it back in, and now it's working, but it was quite hot, not burning hot but significantly.

    Is this normal?
     
  2. P07r0457

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    normal? yes.
    good? no.


    they are known to over-heat. Can you locate the unit in an area with better airflow?
     
  3. Swerve

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    Thanks

    I think I'll have to, sure don't need it burning out.

    Is it typical for people to leave them switched on 24hrs? Often when I go to bed (I work nights) the kids like to use their connections quite a bit.
     
  4. deusexaethera

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    There's no good reason to have to shut it off. Professional routers come in metal cases that radiate heat, but to cut costs the cheap ones use plastic cases that don't radiate anything.

    I generally recommend cutting an appropriately-sized round hole in the top of the plastic case, gluing a computer fan to that hole, and soldering the fan's power leads to the inside of the router's power socket. If you feel up to it, this is your best bet to keep it cool without having to bend over backwards.
     

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