Router Overheating Issues ?- Connection Drops

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  1. Lil Mayz

    Lil Mayz Notebook Deity

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    Hey guys,

    Vey often, my Internet ADSL connection simply drops, and the router management page reports "No Connection". Sometimes the DSL and Internet Connection lights go off, and at other times the DSL connection light stays on, but the Internet Connection light turns red.

    The only thing that seems to solve the problem is simply waiting for about 10 minutes. Restarting the router does not solve the problem.

    As it happens quite often, 2/3 times a day, I called up my ISP, and they recommended me to change my ADSL/Phone Line Filter. I bought a new one, and installed it, but the problem still persists.

    They also said that the router may be Overheating, when I play CS:S online, because of increased data transfer.

    This thread posted by someone else in another forum seems to explain what happens:

    http://forums.extremeoverclocking.com/showthread.php?t=215407

    What is even more annoying, that router suddenly drops the connection even when I'm simply looking at the Nbr forums, or any other simple web page.

    Are the problems really caused by Overheating, because I've never heard of such a thing before, but my router and Power Supply adapter so get very hot.

    BTW I have a Belkin F5D7633-4 Router

    Any Ideas on how to fix the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Mayz
     
  2. Wingsbr

    Wingsbr NBR Decepticon NBR Reviewer

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    I have never heard of a router overheating, an xbox 360 maybe =)) but not a router. Have you tried to use the the internet connection without the router for a day or two? Try that and don't forget to use a firewall if you don't because you may expose yourself during testing this way.
     
  3. Lil Mayz

    Lil Mayz Notebook Deity

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    I don't have a stand alone ADSL modem. :(

    And it's kind of annoying. The router seems to get very hot very hot even when I am not using the Internet. is it something to do with the amount of data transfer This only started happening when I switched ISP for a faster connection, from 512KB/s to 8MB/s.

    Would it help if I downgraded my connection perhaps?

    Thanks for the reply wingsbr
     
  4. JC17

    JC17 Notebook Enthusiast

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    My router used to overheat whenever it was in the windowsill, even if it wasn't sunny outside. I moved it out of the windowsill and it stays cool...I have no idea why but this might help you?
     
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    blue68f100 Notebook Virtuoso

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    Yes some router can over heat when put under extreme loads, but it's mainly related to the older wireless routers in particular Belkin. But it can happed to all.
    See if you can open the unit up, and run without the top on and use a small fan to confirm it has sufficent cooling.
     
  6. downloads

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    This router is based on Broadcom BCM6348 CPU probably 256MHz.
    I had Broadcom based router once and it was hot as hell when overclocked to 240MHz (I just gotta overclock... :p )

    I had to open it and use two copper radiators (TSOP RAM type) one near another on the CPU- that did the job.

    Anyway- use port forwarding for ports your game needs, try not to use P2P applications when playing (both generate a lot of connections and basically there are no routers that work with over 1000 connections active). Also try to upgrade firmware as there may an issue with it (i.e. sth puts a lot of load on CPU)

    I'm afraid Broadcom CPUs are just let's say "warm" in general. My AR7 211MHz (also ADSL- WAG200G) is a LOT cooler that my Broadcom was even at 200MHz (even though Broadcom hasn't been integrated with ADSL modem)
     
  7. usapatriot

    usapatriot Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Some routers may overheat, I have felt mine (Linksys WRT54GS) and it can get pretty warm so I would put it in a spot with decent ventilation all around.
     
  8. Reezin14

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    This is what I would do and see if the problem corrects it's self, do you have anything set beyond default? And try using compressed air to blow out the dust that may have built up.
     
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    To test and see if it's overheating, put a fan blowing over the router (like a desk fan or something that moves a lot of air). If the connections stay more stable, then you know it's overheating. If not, then there's another issue. Make sure there's ventilation around the router... it's just like your computer. It's even more powerful of a computer than a lot of 486 desktop computers were.
     
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