Linksys getting too hot? Heres a solution!
What you need:
-12 marble blocks.Each should be about 1cm x 1cm, but the longest dimension should not before than 1.5cm. You can also use wood as an alternative if need be.However, the marble blocks can probably be picked up at a tile store,or maybe even a hardware store.
-A fine sandpaper. It shouldnt be that fine though since you will need to sand down the marble a bit.
-Krazy glue. I prefer the advanced formula.
How you do it:
• Sand down each side of each block if needed.
• Glue 3 blocks together. This will make up one leg. Youll obviously have 4 legs in total. Also, glue wont stick well to polished surfaces.
• Sand down the edges if you want to even up the blocks a bit. Remember, dont shorten them.
• Line the legs up,side by side, and then tape them together. You can now sand the top sand bottoms to make their heights even.
• If you want, you can put felt pads on the bottom of each leg. You can use the circular self-stick pads and then trim them.
• Glue the legs onto the bottom of your device as shown in the picture. Let the glue dry a bit before you put your device back.
You have just raised your device by about 3cm. This will allow heat to dissipate and prevent your device from overheating. Although this might seem like a bit of work, its well worth it. Here is another way courtesy of AdolphHitler Linksys Product Owners:
There have been many complaints and consequences related to the poor cooling method employed in most Linksys products.
Linksys has designed their products to be conveniently stacked, but, this poses a risk as the ventilation for their products is a symmetrical series of tiny holes on the tops and bottoms of the products. Stacking Linksys products defeats the efficiency of their intended cooling method.
There have been many ideas on how to keep Linksys products cool and here's mine.
We will not be using anything expensive or hard to obtain. The materials used here can be found in your very own home.Step 1.
Obtain normal tacks, sometimes called push pins and a small screwdriver.
Take your Linksys product and using the screwdriver, carefully remove its rubber feet.
Each rubber foot will have a small hole on the bottom with a conveniently placed piece of rubber attached by four small arms inside.
Place a thumb tack into this hole and be sure to center it.
You may notice that the thumb tack leaves a gap between the foot and its plastic handle. You can make it flush with the rubber foot by gently twisting it in as if you were driving a screw.
Do this for all four feet.
The properties of the tack are perfect for this particular project because:
- It has a needle which will puncture the rubber and hold to it.
- They are cheap and easy to obtain.
- When the tack is placed inside the foot holder, its height is perfect.
- It allows the rubber foot's lip inside the holder whilst keeping the rest of the foot out as its plastic grip doesn't allow for the foot to move inside further.
The hard part -
Hold your Linksys product in your lap for added stability and precision.
Insert the foot upside down, rounded part first, into its holder.
Using your finger nails, carefully force the rubber lip of the foot inside. Once the whole lip is inside, adjust it with your fingers. DO NOT USE YOUR FINGERS ON THE TOPS OF THE FEET. If you do so, you will experience a thumb tack entering your finger.
Place the Linksys product on a flat and level table normally and apply gentle pressure with your hands to make sure the feet are square and the product level. Minor adjustments can also be done by hand manually to each individual foot until satisfied.
Stack the product as you normally would. You will have gained 1 inch at the edges and 1/2 inch at the center. This will significantly increase airflow between two stacked products. This is a simple solution.
Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
- Quick cheap solution for heat dispersion: Buy a plastic-coated wire kitchen cabinet plate rack at Wal-Mart for $5-6. There is a pic of a similar (but more expensive) item here:
Each shelf is large enough to hold a unit and the wire lets heat get out easily.
last modified: 2007-09-18 16:37:56