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Asus RT-N66U/N66R overheat?

efaraband 176 36 January 4, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Just bought this ASUS RT-N66R (basically the same as the N66U i believe). Its pretty darn nice, gets a much farther range than any other router I've had and is more stable. One thing is that it does get hot.
The Router is on 24/7, and im wondering if its ok to plug a usb fan (like this into the usb port on the router, and leave the router on the cooling pad..?




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What makes you think it is overheating? Is the wireless spotty? Does the router reboot or shutdown? Does the range fluctuate?

Are you unable to prop it up like this?

The stand comes with the router.
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I guess I am being redundant but how do you know it is getting hot, do you have a non contact infrared thermometer like this?

with the vents it should be warm but not overheat. I have a Belkin router that has no vent holes at all and it does get warm but works fine and I was a Beta Tester for the router when I gave them the temps they said it was within the working range
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I failed to notice anything else in the box, stupid me. I guess propping it up will do.
And i dont have a thermometer, but it is very warm to the touch, hot enough that i am unable to keep my hand on it for more than a few seconds...
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That sounds like the right temperature for cooking steaks....
If that's what you feel from the outside of the casing then I would either send it back for exchange or refund because the surface of the chip will have to be extremely hot in order to radiate the amount of heat to make you uncomfortable.. I don't think it's normal.

If this is an old router and out of warranty, I would look for the heatsink mod on Internet but I wouldn't do that to a new but defective router.
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OP what is the temp reading on yours? I have the RTN66U and my temp is 55c which is normal. I too noticed that its much warmer at the touch compare to my old router, but its been on 24/7 for the past two months and no issue.
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