Melted (litterly) WAP54G Adapter

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by droyden, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. droyden

    droyden Network Guru Member

    Hi, we had a powercut last night; but all my PC hardware hangs off two surge protected 6gangs (both only half full).
    I went to use my laptop today and it said "cant find access point" (or whatever). I figured the configuration had been lost so I went through to reset it.
    No flashy lights, actually no lights at all. I unplugged the power from the back of the access point, waited 30sec and plugged it back in. Still nothing. I unplugged the ac adapter only to find it very physically hot and the plastic having been indented near the top the size of a thumb print.

    Has anyone ever heard of such a thing before? Its only just over 6months old so I think I'll RMA it tomorrow, I assume there was no risk of fire but still its very worrying.

    Thanks alot.
  2. mingkee

    mingkee Network Guru Member

    since AC adaptor is 110V, it may be broken by power surge
    regular 12V 1-2A AC adaptor should work
    or just take the broken AC adaptor to your nearest Radio Shack for 15V 1A international AC adaptor and plug
    I use it, it works perfectly with WAP54G, on top of that, it's auto-volt (100-240V)
  3. droyden

    droyden Network Guru Member


    I'm in the uk so voltage is 240, altho it was plugged into a surge protected bar.
    I guess I will head down the RMA process.

  4. stdevel

    stdevel Guest

    I've just had exactly the same thing with a UK-based WAP54G. In this case there are two of them connected to a UPS (so no power cut in this case!) and one has failed with exactly the same melted-in-bit in the PSU. It was certainly hot enough to be a potential fire risk

    Given where the melt is in the PSU, I suspect it's a polyfuse (which can run hot when tripped), and that the failure is in the WAP54G itself. With this in mind, I'd caution against trying to fire up (!) the WAP54G on another PSU.

    Either way, heat causing distortion of the PSU case is not really an acceptable failure mode, and I'm concerned about the other WAP54G. Although our WAP54G's are slightly more than 12 months old, I'll take the failure mode up with Linksys UK this week.
  5. droyden

    droyden Network Guru Member

    Hi there,
    I'd be interested in how you get on. I finally got the RMA through from ebuyer (christmas etc), but I'm still a little worried about any sort of fire risk!

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