Tuesday, July 5, 2016

hot router?

So I get an email Saturday afternoon from FlightRadar24 that my receiver is offline.  I think it must be a heat issue with my router from Big Bend Telephone.  I had my computer plugged into the LAN1 port and the receiver in the LAN2 port.  At first I just lost function from the LAN2 port then by Sunday night I lost function of the LAN1 port.  On Monday I plugged the computer into LAN3 and the receiver into LAN4 and was back in business and had the receiver back online for a brief time.  I decided to shut down and unplug the receiver before I ended up frying my remaining two ports in case that really is the issue.  Before I go through the customer service hassle with Big Bend Telephone, I am going to try out a "new" router.  Since this brand is the only one that works with my service, I ordered two "lightly used" ones off Ebay for $25 including shipping.  In the meantime I am rerouting all my wires (a bit of a nightmare) so I can position the equipment in a "cool friendly" spot in the hut.  95,106,78,0,B

11 comments:

Margery Bills said...

It was a heat issue with my lawnmower battery. Got a new one and worked fine.

gsc1039 said...

Heat and electronics don't seem to get on well together...

rj said...

It's been awhile since most of us have seen a DSL router/modem which provides internet over ordinary twisted pair phone lines. In fact, I would imagine younger folks have never used or perhaps heard of them. Generally used back in the day as a "step up" from 56k analog telephone line modems (remember the AOL disks they would send in the mail relentlessly and a few free internet services using analog modems?).

mike said...

thats funny my dsl works great, I stream hd all the time without issues

Larry G said...

DSL - if you don't have cable is "better" than satellite and many, many areas of the US do not have cable.

Some folks cannot conceive of being somewhere where there is no internet and it's ironic especially for those who are "off grid" - like John.

I bet John would be one of those folks who would not choose to live where there is no internet!

on the heat issue - I wonder if the electrical stuff is getting electricity that meets specs - I know some equipment is susceptible to heat if the juice is sub-par due to inverter performance and/or long electrical extensions.

John probably has already checked all that out.

Margery Bills said...

Oh rj those were my wishing days. Wishing I could afford the Internet, etc.

Margery Bills said...

First I got on web tv with Bill Gates. I thought that was miraculous. Then that became too slow. So I bought a laptop and a how to book from Barnes and Noble.

Unknown said...

If the outside of the plastic is warmer than any un-powered objects in the room, the case is trapping heat. Remove the plastic casing and hang the circuit board vertical. If there is a heat-sink with fins, make sure the fins are in the vertical direction too. Adding a small fan should be a last resort.
If only the LAN ports break, I suspect static discharges rather than heat. Either form long connected cables with nearby thunderstorms or touching computer equipment in very dry air.

Unknown said...

Also, I have seen many routers fail because the cheap capacitors fail. Check the largest ones for a "rounded" top, and wire in parallel extra capacitors with any value, but at least same or larger voltage rating. With too few working capacitors, the equipment often still works but regularly misbehaves.

Margery Bills said...

I sent Ben a blared birthday card today.

Margery Bills said...

That would be belated card. Sorry a lot of things went wrong today.