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The new routers don't look much better designed heat wise. I really don't want to buy a new router just because of heat. Meh, I guess i'll drill some holes in the top and hope it looks decent. Thanks guys!
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Originally Posted by morrow View Post

The new routers don't look much better designed heat wise. I really don't want to buy a new router just because of heat. Meh, I guess i'll drill some holes in the top and hope it looks decent. Thanks guys!

Print yourself a template so you can make a nice even grid thumb.gif

If you need help with that, LMK, should take just a min.
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post #13 of 16
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Thanks guys, I drilled the holes in the top of the routing for cooling, doesn't look bad at all. I also flashed it with the dd-wrt firmware. I'm gonna leave it as is now and hopefully it stabilizes!
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sweet, hope it solves the heating issue smile.gif
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post #15 of 16
If your router has usb ports and you have some unused fans lying around you could wire up the fans to run off usb and place it over the holes. I used some old 80mm fans I had lying around and put in some screws so each fan rests just above the holes on my cable modem and router. Its been running fine for the past year but it does get a good deal more dustier for sure.
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I also have a WRT310N and I flashed DD-WRT on it a while back, and after cranking up the power I noticed it wasggetting much warmer. I didn't want to hack it apart as its the only 802.11N Router I have at the moment (with 2 WRT54GV2's and a WRT54G2 all acting as wireless bridges), and I am waitingffor the Asus AC66U to come down in price a bit before I overhaul my network.
So, I decided to go with external cooling. I have a 120v AC fan that's 120x38mm and entirely metal (steel body, forged aluminum blades) that I was using for cabinet cooling for my home theater system (receiver, amps, etc), but as I have since put everything on a wire rack instead of iinside the cabinet, I had to find something to use the fan for.

I put the router standing up and held in place by a few pieces of wood (lost the stand), and I have the fan blowing directly through the router. Temps dropped to 3-6C above ambient (ambient is 68-72F), and in the past 8 months I have not had my router drop signal once!
Now, the fan is not exactly quiet.... 215cfm and 87mmH2O, lol, but I only run it during the day when the router is actually being used.

Now that the ac routers are starting to pick up pace, I will be getting a pair within the next few months and moving the 310N to act as the wirelessbridge ffor myHome Theater systemm, if the AC66U can't reach quite that far (5800sq-ft house, main router is in my bedroom on the 2nd floor on theNE corner of house , home theater is in basement on the SW corner; about 100ft straight apart, but with 2 floors and 11 walls, 2 of which are the "room within a room" walls that have been filled with a combination of sound dampening material and blown-in wet-pack cellulose insulation to a level of R50; and all the interior walls of thehouse have tthe same blown cellulose @ R38, with exterior walls being R70 and floors/ceilings being R40). Thus the need for the 3 different WWireless Bridges .

I do have some of the Akust RAMsinks, specifically 12 of the Copper and 4 of the Blue Anodized Aluminum, and I may open therouter to attach those; I have been wanting to add them to my 360, though, as it's a first-gen and thus heat can be an issue (already have had to send it in for RROD once, 4 years ago).

Anyway, point is that if you can get a decent 120V AC fan, you can cool that router like crazy without any effort. I have cranked up the Tx Power to over 150mw and the unit still remained at a max of 7C above ambient (didn't help signal, just wanted to see how well the fan worked). I run at 71mw 24/7 and now that it'swinter , the router stays below 80F at all times (measured with probes, an IR thermometer, and my friend's IR Imaging thingamajig that makes me feelllike the Predator lol).
   
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