How cold

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Maple-Guy, Oct 1, 2006.

  1. Maple-Guy

    Maple-Guy LI Guru Member

    According to Linksys, the WRT54GL can support up to 0C (32F) but I was wondering if anybody is using them in a colder environment lets say -30C (-22F) for example. I would very much like to put mine outside close to the antenna.
  2. pablito

    pablito Network Guru Member

    hehe, Maple-Guy and -30C, that's got to be Canadian, eh?
    I haven't placed mine outside but perhaps if the enclosure was insulated and small enough the heat generated would keep the ambient warm enough?
    Just don't let it shut down for too long.. :)
  3. rshakin

    rshakin Network Guru Member

    as long as there is moisture and stuff to kill it, you should be fine, so put a very good inclosure on it. Once I saw some ideas about how to have one built.
  4. Maple-Guy

    Maple-Guy LI Guru Member

    Yes, you're right, Québec winters are cold. I tought about a winter housing for december-march convertible to a summer housing for after april-november.

    I dont want the oposite to happend and suffocate my unit. I was just hoping for someone to say: "I've been using those babies in Alaska for the last 3 years without a problem"

    I'm going to have to try it in order to have the right to say it!

  5. eric_stewart

    eric_stewart Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I'm in Ottawa. I've got my WRT54GS in the rafters of my uninsulated, unheated garage. It's been there for 2 years so far with temperature extremes of -20 to +34 centigrade with no problems. These numbers are probably not even extremes since, for example, it probably got a lot warmer than +34 in that uninsulated garage, right below the shingled roof. Similarly, I think -20 is a moderate guess...I'm figuring that some of the ambient temperature from the house (it *is* an attached garage) might warm things up. The actual outside air temperature gets below -30 some winters.

    BTW, I am using 128mW of transmit power but I think there are other things in the unit that contribute to keeping it from freezing solid, not the least being that there are no moving parts!

    As someone mentioned, I would put it in some kind of enclosure to keep the moisture off of it and you should be good to go.


  6. Maple-Guy

    Maple-Guy LI Guru Member

    I'm going to buy myself a POE injector/splitter and stick the router's pigtail directly in the new antena.

    BTW Nice Star Trek avatar...
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