Removing the radio RF shield cover

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by -Kai-, Jan 6, 2007.

  1. -Kai-

    -Kai- LI Guru Member

    hi, i would like to up my xmit power and intend to cool the radio. besides adding a fan to the router, is it possible to remove the radio cover and add heatsinks to the chips under it? is the cover there for a purpose? does it prevent interference with the radio?
  2. n9lya

    n9lya LI Guru Member

    The RF Cover is there for a reason.. That being Shielding.. It keep RF in and Unwanted RF out of that area.
    Some here seem to OVER rate cooling of the routers..
    I have had a wrt54GS V3 in a friends garage attic all summer Over driven to 250MHz and 251 mW Output with just a small fan on top blowing thru the vent holes..
    Ihave two here in the house the same way..

    A fan forcing air thru the router is very good cooling and quite sufficent..

    This fall, I have added the little stick on heat sinks to all the other chips in all three routers.. But I have never found them to be overly HOT...

    A simple 80mm Fan attached to the top blowing down into the Linksys router will be quite enough.. No need to alter the RF section in these.. There is plenty of air to go around...

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