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Air cooling my router.

Poll Results: Should I?

 
  • 44% (4)
    Yes, I think cooling is the solution.
  • 33% (3)
    Yes, do it for the lulz.
  • 22% (2)
    No.
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post #1 of 9
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My internet has been acting up over the last few days.

Its more periodical than random. After it has been on for about 3 hours or so it starts to have problems.

 

Problem include :

Wireless signal turning off

No internet connection (but wireless signal continues)

Very slow internet connection

 

The router gets pretty hot to the touch. You can hold it sure, but it doesn't seem good. Especially because the plastic isn't directly on the components, so that must be a lot of radiating heat.

If I turn the router off for a few minutes, the problems stop.

If I hang the router in mid air, the problems are less frequent.

 

So, now, partially out of problem solving, partially out of boredom, I think I'll be mounting a fan to my router.

 

Step 1 : Choose fan - Done. 140mm for silence.

Step 2 : Mod fan to be less voltage

Step 3 : Mod fan to be AC

Step 4 : Cut fan mount

Step 5 : Experience no more issues

 

 

 

 

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post #2 of 9
I used to put a bag of peas from the freezer on my modem. Your way seems more logical, except the fan being so massive.

I would try a 30-60mm fan and mount it on the bottom for a clean look.
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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by drnilly007 View Post

I used to put a bag of peas from the freezer on my modem. Your way seems more logical, except the fan being so massive.

I would try a 30-60mm fan and mount it on the bottom for a clean look.

There aren't any feet on the bottom, so I can't imagine there would be any airflow (plus terrible dust).

Plus I think the PCB covers every angle other than the top.

 

I just noticed the fan doesn't look like it fits, but there is about 1mm of plastic on each side.


Edited by TehOnlyMITTENS - 6/30/13 at 6:36pm
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post #4 of 9
You could always glue some makeshift feet to the bottom of your router. Go to Home Depot or a similar store and see what you can find. Maybe even make a custom stand made out of acrylic or something similar and incorporate the fan into it.
post #5 of 9
*Could use a smaller fan as it would move plenty of air.. Something like 80mm or 92mm would allow you to use the entire top as vent.. both in and out. build a duct so exhaust vent airflow is away from fan intake. wink.gif
*A cheap 7.2v 200mA power supply like a phone or camera charger.. solves both voltage and power problem..
*Will need vents for fan air in as well as exhaust vent holes.
*Probably a good idea to put a finger guard / grill on the fan too.
Edited by doyll - 7/1/13 at 4:05am
post #6 of 9
I have the same problem with the same router, heres how i fixed it:




im using a 60mm fan and its powered off the USB port on the back very quite and keeps my router happy thumb.gif
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post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
So many good ideas!
And ha, water cooling!

I'll look into powering the fan via USB now.
Fan grill would be good of I had it on my desk, but it sits in my closet.
Dust and the PCB point me away from anything bottom mounted.
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post #9 of 9
Just made something of the sort with a cheap Arctic F12 120mm fan and a 6V DC brick from some old broken wireless headphones.


Even at the advertised 6V the F12 run a bit too fast and noisy than necessary, so calmed it down with a Noctua L.N.A.

Also glued a heatsink (not visible in the pics) on the controller chip, main culprit for the heat.
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