on/off switch help

Discussion in 'Modding Forum' started by deniro0311, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. deniro0311

    deniro0311 LI Guru Member

    I am a noob when it comes to modding electronics, and I need help on what I need to do to add an on/off swith to my wrt54gs. I have already added ram sinks, fan, high gain antennas, and third party fw. I have looked all over and can't find any details (or a link) on what to buy and how to install the switch. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. MAS3

    MAS3 LI Guru Member

    I wonder why one wlould want units like routers to be switched off.
    What is it exactly that you want to switch off, the entire unit, or just the wireless connectivity ?

    What hardware revision is your router ?
    Is it a version with the easy setup switch on te front ?
    In that case this switch can be used for switching off the wireless radio.
    This is available in the thibor firmware, but should be available in other one too.
    You have to disable the easy setup function, after which the radio switch off function becomes available.

    If you want the entire router to be switched off, you can simply use a switch and switch off the power.
    You'd have to find a trace form the power conector and cut it.
    Then you can put a switch over it, quite simple i'd say.
  3. deniro0311

    deniro0311 LI Guru Member

    I am not using it as a rouer. I have a linux box setup for that purpose. I have the wrt54gs setup on one of my network segments strickly as an access point.

    I want to turn the entire router off.

    It is version 4, and it does have the easy setup switch on the front.

    I only want it on when I have a need to be wireless, the rest of the time I would like to turn it off. Yes, I could just unplug it, but I feel like modding my wrt54gs some more.

    I just need some instructions on how to do this and what I need to buy.
  4. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    wall-|--|__________/ _________|---|

    PowerSupply 2-wires WRT

    Cut ONE wire, insert an in-line switch in the cut wire. The switch completes the circuit when on, and breaks the circuit when off.

    Better to get a wall-plug with a switch built-in, as with the above, the power supply stays on, even though it will use very little power. As the wall power is usually 110V (US) or 230V (most other countries), you better get your electrician to install such a wall plug for you. I don't intent pun, but it seems you are rather uninformed - 110V or 230V means "it hurts like hell" if you get shocked. You could of course also kiss this world goodbye...

    Surely, if you want to play with stuff like this, you could use a "what is electricity" tutorial. Try http://www.electronics-lab.com/articles/basics/theory/circuit.htm or http://www.ibiblio.org/obp/electricCircuits/DC/DC_1.html which I could find quickly now.
  5. deniro0311

    deniro0311 LI Guru Member

    Thanks for the info
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