Asus N16 Router MOD

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maer2
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 14:35    Post subject: Asus N16 Router MOD Reply with quote
So I have an ASUS N16 Router it's pretty sweet with a 480Mhz processor ,Wireless N, Gigabit LAN, 128MB RAM, and 32MB flash ROM.

So anyway my router is in a closet and the signal is shitty upstairs in my bedroom. So I use DD-WRT not only because it is far superior to the stock firmware, it allows me to adjust the output power of the wireless radio. The stock power is 17mw, the max is 251 - this is great for signal but it tends to make the router run hot. My new 75/25Mbit service, my weakness for HD movies, and the fact I have lots of QoS rules that lead to the processor being over 50% usage constantly. Both of these factors create lots of excess heat, causing dropouts in speed and router crashes.

So...... time for some overkill

I started by removing the stock heat sink and thermal tape, sanding down the heat sinks and cleaning everything with 91% isopropyl.



Applied the arctic silver ceramic to the chips and placed the sink on:



Also decided to add a pair on the radio chip and a fan:



And a fan cutout of course:



And a set of 9dbi antenna from Fabcorp (pics to come):

http://www.fab-corp.com/product.php?productid=3069&cat=250&page=1

I have been stress testing for about 12 hours maxing wireless, and WAN and its rock solid.

Anthony


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 14:38    Post subject: Reply with quote
2 questions.

What's the link to where you got your heat sinks?

Do you mind if I add this to my wiki?

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maer2
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 14:47    Post subject: Reply with quote
Here is the stuff I used:

Sinks:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835887017

Fan:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835706027

Adhesive:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100005

Antenna:

http://www.fab-corp.com/product.php?productid=3069&cat=250&page=1


I know there is better thermally conductive stuff, but this is an insulator and I didn't want to fuck with the radio chip, which seems to be covered in a faraday shield.

Feel free to include wherever you like.

Many thanks to DD WRT and its contributors.

Anthony
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 15:12    Post subject: Reply with quote
Cooling Mod
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maer2
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 15:30    Post subject: Reply with quote
o.O nice!

Upate after today with antennae pics.

Anthony
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:39    Post subject: Reply with quote
Is it possible connect the power canle inside asus avoid cable go out?

By the firmware is it possible tell to switch from adsl to g3 connection when adsl connection go down?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:20    Post subject: Reply with quote
another "cool" Version...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 21:07    Post subject: Reply with quote
I have similar issues with the location of my router and upstairs signal. Great advice which i will apply to my situation. Thanks for the instructions Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 3:59    Post subject: Reply with quote
didn't any antenna mod helped ?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:05    Post subject: mods Reply with quote
It is a very informative and useful forum. I have to admit, that I always follow your site because it is full of various information, especially touching ones. While reading this your entry I have found some new information, which I have not known before.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 14:19    Post subject: Reply with quote
thought i would share a simple solution for people to cool their rt-n16. i just purchased mine a couple weeks ago and had this small netbook cooler sitting around and put it under my router. its powered by usb so plugging it into the back of the router worked perfectly.

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&safe=active&q=netbook+chill+mat&cid=16290737805467924664&os=tech-specs
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 22:42    Post subject: Reply with quote
Interesting idea, can you feel the difference with the pad running? Also, do you think the fans will wear out pretty quick since they are running all the time?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 4:15    Post subject: Reply with quote
r3aper wrote:
another "cool" Version...

What is he using as the feet?

Also is it possible to put a temperature checker that will accurately detect the temps?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:40    Post subject: Reply with quote
Just curious...would it be ok to just "stick" on the heatsinks with some left over Arctic Silver 3 thermal paste from my previous computer build instead of using a thermal adhesive/epoxy? Afterall, the router is always sitting parallel to the floor on top of my shelf.

Edit..also would wiring fans to the existing circuit cause the entire router to draw more electricity or deprive the router necessary power when it is running on a full load with both usb ports powering external hard drives? I feel like it'll overload...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 20:02    Post subject: Reply with quote
proxy0 wrote:
r3aper wrote:
another "cool" Version...

What is he using as the feet?

Also is it possible to put a temperature checker that will accurately detect the temps?

I did some searching around. I believe these are what he is using.
http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=364&cl_index=2&sc_index=30&ss_index=106

I dunno about the temperature monitor yet. I was thinking maybe a cpu temperature monitor would work but I'm not sure.
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