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RV042 with strange problems? Overheating??

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by MarlboroMan, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. MarlboroMan

    MarlboroMan Network Guru Member

    I have a Linksys RV042 that I purchased in the summer of 2004.

    It has been running 24x7 till about a week ago, without a problem. It has been connected to the Internet via Cable Modem and it has performed well over all and other than some glitches and issues with the VPN, I can't really complain about it till now.

    The firmware has been updated regularly and it is running the latest firmware posted on the Linksys web site as of today.

    Now it seems that after the RV042 has been on for about 5 to 8 hours of use, it just locks up and refuses to process any info in or out of the device. Resetting the device while it is still warm does not seem to help either.

    After leaving it sit for a couple of hours, I can plug it back in and put it back in service for another 5 to 8 hours when it will just lock up again and refuse to accept any commands.

    My thoughts are at this point that the unit has an over heating problem. It is also possible that the unit could have an AC adapter that is going bad, but I feel that is a bit more unlikely.

    Has anyone seem this?

    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to solve it?

    Anyone have any suggestions on getting it replaced??

    Linksys says that it is out of warranty and the only solution that they have is to buy another one. Is anyone here doing repairs on the RV series?
     
  2. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    Can you arrange an external fan to blow on the RV042 to test your overheating theory? With a little extra temporary cooling it might not lock up on you. If the extra cooling works and you can't find a place for repairs, you might have to make case mods to add an auxillary muffin fan or apply small heat sinks to any problem chips.
     
  3. egyvoip

    egyvoip LI Guru Member

    use Firmware Version: 1.3.7.9 it will good for it than 1.3.7.10.
    You can download 1.3.7.9 from download section at www.linksysinfo.org
    becareful when downgrading, it will back to factory default.

    and use external Fan too
     
  4. MarlboroMan

    MarlboroMan Network Guru Member

    I have been trying different things to see if it is in fact an oever heating issue and even with a fan blowing on the RV042, it still locks up after a couple of hours.

    So much for my over heating theory.
     
  5. MarlboroMan

    MarlboroMan Network Guru Member

    The external fan didn't help the problem.

    What is the difference between 1.3.7.10 and 1.3.7.9?
     
  6. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    are you using any p2p file sharing utiliites?
     
  7. RogueOne

    RogueOne Guest

    RV042 overheating

    I have been using several RV042 routers at my company since they first came out and for the most part, they have been working very well. A few, however, failed for no apparent reason after being in service for about two years. One of the units would work for about 10 minutes after being plugged in and after that it would just quit and wouldn't work again even after cycling the power. If I left it unplugged for 10 minutes and tried it again it would work for a few minutes and then quit again. Since it was out of warranty I decided to crack it open. Inside I saw a chip labeled ADM6999 and it was smokin' hot! I stuck a heatsink on it just to see what would happen and what do you know? It works just fine now! I'm going to try installing a small fan in the other broken router. That should keep things even cooler I think.
     
  8. aviegas

    aviegas Network Guru Member

    Take a look at the thread "RV042 Mortality Rate". Both cases reported here seems to fit the diagnostic there.
     

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