Reroute Your Router Away From The Sun!
As Wi-Fi is continually used around the house, it is important to know that the hub providing it should be cared for!
Recently, Virgin Media published a page on their website offering “top tips for a strong, reliable connection this summer,” one tip of which highlighted avoiding overheating.
Overheating is a problem that many electronic devices are prone to enduring, with Wi-Fi routers being especially susceptible.
If the router becomes too hot, it may “slow down your connection or even grind to a halt altogether,” Virgin Media warns.
The company has said that their devices are tested so that they work efficiently in a range of temperatures, but that “they are better off out of bright sunlight.”
“How Do I Avoid Overheating?”
When an electric current moves through an electronic device, it generates heat.
Many devices, such as computers, use cooling systems in order to dissipate heat – cooling fans are often used, though more advanced models may use liquid coolant.
Because of this, any additional heat from sunlight and warm, surrounding air increases the chance of overheating.
If you’re currently using a fan to cool down, it might be best to place the router in the direction of the moving air to help ventilate.
Virgin Media advises keeping them in a cool but not enclosed place – preferably somewhere where nothing can interfere with the router and .
ISP Review has said that routers could usually cope with temperatures reaching 40℃ – so if it’s kept in the shade, a UK heatwave should not pose much of a problem.
The warmth of routers could also be attractive to pets, as they might think that routers are their own personal comfort pads. “We’d strongly advise against allowing your pets to rest on top of your router – even in winter,” ISP Review said.
Dust and leftover fur can accumulate on routers, which can clog air vents and harm any components within the device.
If your router is regularly overheating, it could mean that it has an underlying problem or that it could be getting too old to function properly.
“What Can I Do?”
Should this happen, make sure to consult your internet service provider.
Alternatively, if you want to get the job done hassle-free, you can have TMAC Wireless Solutions contact them for you on 01473 400002!