A while ago, Evercool introduced the world’s first aftermarket router cooler. Most of the blog posts I saw about it made fun of the concept, but I could totally see myself using something like this. My router gets really, really hot sometimes. And as a result, speeds decrease, and wifi reception suffers. And the cable modem next to it runs even hotter.
Most routers consist of a circuit board encased in plastic. Plastic is cheap, and it’s easy to shape, but it’s terrible at conducting heat. Despite the fact the electronics don’t actually touch the casing in most places, the outside of many of these boxes get really hot. Apparently, the chips inside radiate so much heat that the plastic gets too hot to touch sometimes. I’m no expert, but I’ve always understood that heat reduces the lifespan of computer components, so this can’t be good.
But then there’s Netgear’s GS108. I have two of these network switches, and their casing is made out of steel. They’re heavily used in my office (four people), yet they remain absolutely cold to the touch. They completely install confidence. And despite them being all metal, Netgear has managed to price these switches quite competitively. So apparently it can be done.
Does your router get hot like mine, and does it need frequent resets? Would you consider getting a slightly pricier model if that model was encased in metal instead of plastic? What do you think about Evercool’s aftermarket solution?