Internet Modem or Routers can get very hot in summer especially in India where temperature can shoot up to some crazy level. Also if you are running your ADSL Modem or Router for 24 hours a day then they will get hot anyways whether it is summer or not. I have seen many ADSL Modems and Wi-Fi Routers frying up because of the improper ventilation caused by the casualties from the users.
Increase in temperature also causes decrease in the performance of your electronic device and it will ultimately lead to the failure of your device. So here are some best practices that you should follow to keep your device cool.
Follow these Useful Tips to prevent your Modem or Router from getting hot
Keep your Modem or Router in a cool place where there is enough room for air flow. Do not place your modem against wall or any surface as it will block one side of its vents resulting in increase in the temperature. Also always put your modem or router on hard surface and not on bed, sofa etc.. Every modem/router has got some vents or openings on its surface to dissipate heat generated inside it. This is shown in the picture below. Keep these vents clean by checking them regularly and do not put anything like cloth or any other stuff on your modem/router.
Vents in a Wi-Fi Router
Keep it Vertical
Keep your modem or router in a vertical position. By keeping it vertical greater surface area will be exposed, so it will allow better heat dissipation and it does a very effective job to keep the device from getting hot.
ADSL Modem kept in Vertical Position
Use Fan for Cooling
You can purchase the cheap laptop/notebook cooler available in the market for Rs. 150/- or so as shown in the picture, keep your modem/router on the cooler or position it to blow air onto the router. Use this method only when the above mentioned ‘keeping it vertical’ trick does not work for you.
Laptop Cooler (Basic Model)
Switch OFF when not in use
Always switch off your modem/router when not in use. This will allow the device to rest and come back to its full performance when you switched it ON again.