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dying WL500gP - repair or replace?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by molnart, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. molnart

    molnart Addicted to LI Member


    i have a venerable Asus WL500gP which has been serving me since 2007, but i think the device is now slowly dying. The symptoms are following:
    • i live in an area with frequent power outages (about once per two week). After power restoration very often the router cannot connect to the internet. only wireless connections are working, connecting a pc through lan does not assign a valid ip adress. what helps is a complete reflash of firmware through Asus restoration tool
    • the router sometimes acts strange - attempting to reset it from the webui does nothing, logs are getting lost, unable to login through ssh etc.
    I think there are some aging capacitors inside. Featurewise, the WL500gP is fitting my needs, however the device is now becoming too much hassle to handle.

    I am thinking about a replacement, looking at the Linksys E3000. I already have an RT-N16 at my girlfriend's place, but the device takes up a lot of space and i'd prefer something smaller. The 5 Ghz range might come in handy as well. What do you think, which option should i go for? Needless to say that good tomato support is a must
  2. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    Try swapping just the psu brick, that may also have dying capacitors...
  3. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    A local friend had a lot of old Level One WBR3460 routers, similar age and symptoms, and was loathe to throw them away. I changed all the electrolytic capacitors and they are as good as new.
  4. molnart

    molnart Addicted to LI Member

    the psu brick already died 3 years ago and has been replaced under warranty. i don't have the skills to replace capacitors by myself, but i might find someone able to do it.

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