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Hi Guys

I'm going to throw an idea out here, something that im tinkering with just now that I think is feasible.

A Cable modem and a Wireless Router combined in the same unit, both water cooled.

Updates

Update 1 - Router arrives, first views of the PCB

Update 2 - First materials delivered, Temperature monitoring begins!

Update 3 - Test setup, water cooled Dlink 615 with modded case.

The Kit...

Virgin Media DOCSIS 3.0 Modem
DLink 615 (for first testing and build, this will be running DD WRT)
DLink 655 (final router to be used in completed build, running standard firmware but running at maximum transmission output).
Zalman Reserator 1 Plus External Water Cooler.
Water Blocks to be decided!

The Photos...


The Cable Modem.


The Cable Modem PCB.


DLink DIR 655 router PCB.

The Idea

Using the existing Zalman Reserator water loop, an extra block will be added in the last phase of the loop (between he GPU and the Reserator). This will allow easy maintenance and the ability to detach the router from the water loop when not required. Quick release valves will be fitted to the new combo box to allow this.


Water Loop Layout.


Front view of possible design.

Both the cable modem and the router (both models) have areas suitable for locating water blocks as can be seen on the attached photos.

Considerations...

How will the LED's be displayed on a combined unit?
How will the water blocks be fixed to the PCB's?
No physical modifications to happen to the modem PCB.

Im currently working on a Sketchup model of the design I have in mind, this should be posted soon! Any comments/suggestions from the community would be much appreciated! I'm about to order some 5mm acrylic to begin mock up construction for the containing unit. Let me know what you think!
Edited by weesteev - 7/5/10 at 12:16pm
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post #2 of 56
I gotta say, I love the enthusiasm, but I don't really think it is worth water cooling a modem and router (mainly because they are fanless designs in the first place, and because the water cooling setup will probably cost as much, if not more than the router and modem which you are trying to cool.
     
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I gotta say, I love the enthusiasm, but I don't really think it is worth water cooling a modem and router (mainly because they are fanless designs in the first place, and because the water cooling setup will probably cost as much, if not more than the router and modem which you are trying to cool.
Point taken... but this is being run from an existing water loop and I have a stack of spare water blocks which im going to try and utilize (mostly smaller GPU water blocks as well).

They may be both fanless designs but the DOCSIS 3 modem runs very hot, and with my ISP about to launch 100 and 200Mbps connections on the same kit then having it run cooler would be nice. The router as well is quite toasty and water coolign will certainly prolong its lifespan.

This is more about the fun of the build rather than the practicality though!

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post #4 of 56
Good idea! See if you can put a fan to blow over the rest of the PCB. I like this a lot!
    
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Good idea! See if you can put a fan to blow over the rest of the PCB. I like this a lot!
My idea is to have both the PCB's at different levels inside an Acrylic box with a 120mm fan at either side of the box to provide an airflow over both PCB's.

Im quite excited about this! Ordered all materials last night, got my dremel fully charged, just need to order the 120mm fans and some more tubing for the water blocks!

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post #6 of 56
This is as useless as it is awesome, and that's a compliment
Don't do it because you need it, do it because you can!

Also, epic bragging rights for a watercooled router. Maybe I should compete by fitting my Cisco 2801 with a Mugen lol
    
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This is as useless as it is awesome, and that's a compliment
Don't do it because you need it, do it because you can!

Also, epic bragging rights for a watercooled router. Maybe I should compete by fitting my Cisco 2801 with a Mugen lol
Haha that would be epic! Do it and we can compare results
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post #8 of 56
If anyone has a spare mugen I'll do it. I already have the router. (Or maybe I'll do a big stack hub first).
Update: hm, perhaps the stock intel cooler. I still have that....somewhere.
Edited by citruspers - 6/20/10 at 2:55pm
    
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post #9 of 56
Why don't you get some routers that can be overclocked? Even more epic.
    
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Why don't you get some routers that can be overclocked? Even more epic.
Any examples? Im open to suggestions!

The 615 Im going to try DD WRT on but it will also require some physical modifications as the antenna on my version arent detachable (soldering iron fun!). The 655 extreme N is quite powerful already but will b running standard firmware only.
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