Jul 8, 2016

Solving ARV7510PW22 overheating issue

As I started testing LEDE/OpenWrt in ARV7510PW22 for the first time I noticed it overheats more than accepatble and its WIFI for some reason gets stuck and sometimes gets disabled after a few minutes of usage. At first, I suspected its RaLink Wifi chip but after a few tests it turned out an overheating issue.

With this digital thermometer its CPU reached more than 52°C and was still climbing up.


I grabbed a PC fan rated 12v / 0.13A.



Made an opening in router's back. Glued the fan.




Then I made a power connector with male in one side and female in the other. I didn't want to solder the fan directly in the router's power input.

This router needs 15v / 1.20A. The charger I use is rated 15v / 1.66A. The fan is rated for 12v / 0.13A. So it's better to step down that 15v for the fan and make it 12v.

Ohm's Law to the rescue:  (15v - 12v) / 0.13A = 23 Ohms.

However, with 12v it's a bit noisy, so I needed more resistance. I combined a 22 Ohm + 47 Ohm resistor in serial.



And that's all. I'm using it and stressing it under heavy load. So far so good ;)



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