What causes a router to die?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by gfunkdave, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. gfunkdave

    gfunkdave LI Guru Member

    I've been using an RT-N16 as the main router in my dad's dental office for about 2 years now. On Friday, it mysteriously died - lights on but no internet. We were able to restore it to factory by holding the WPS button and then re-set it up. But then it died again a few hours later. Both times, unplugging power and re-plugging resulted in no lights on the router.

    Any idea what happened? We're replacing it today with an RT-N66.
  2. kthaddock

    kthaddock Network Guru Member

    Have a look at capacitors inside if they have swell top, if so replace with new one.
    Then you have a "new" router :)
  3. EOC_Jason

    EOC_Jason Networkin' Nut Member

    Check the power supply, some will last forever, others will die after a year or two. If it's been plugged in for a while (give it a good hour) and it's VERY hot to the touch, it's probably bad. You can also use a multi-meter to check the voltage (but that doesn't always show an issue as the voltage drop can occur under load only).
  4. Retronite

    Retronite Networkin' Nut Member

    Make sure that it is away from heat sources, direct sunlight and is in a well ventilated area. This should prolong the life of your router.
  5. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    +1 Vote for this - seen a few mentions of RT-N16 failing due to capacitors, for example:-



    Electrolytic caps have a finite lifetime, which is shorter when hotter, the best may be quoted as 8,000 hrs @ 105 deg C... I recommend buying new low-Z ones Rubycon or Panasonic are good names I use.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2014
  6. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    Q: What causes a router to die?
    A: People like me wielding tools like this.

    Retronite likes this.
  7. Retronite

    Retronite Networkin' Nut Member

    Brilliant! Just shear brilliant. :D
  8. gfunkdave

    gfunkdave LI Guru Member

    Eek! :)

    Thanks for the thoughts, everyone. We just bought an RT-N66r from Best Buy. It's working very well.

    Although the port order is still reversed in the VLAN setup page.
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