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#1 Gotenks98



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 03:30

I have one of those older Linksys routers. I think its a wrtg54. I might have the lettering off. The issue is this router is almost 10 years old and this week it has started to make hissing noises. At first I thought it was a snake or something but now its a constant hiss. I am worried this will catch fire or something before I can replace it at the end of the month. Any ideas as to why its starting to hiss all of a sudden? Keep in mind the room its in is not hot at all, nor is the router itself hot to the touch.

#2 zhangm


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 03:37

This issue isn't unheard of - a common problem is one or more bad capacitors putting higher voltage across components than they can tolerate. This can cause the affected components to burn out/get hotter than normal.


I think the risk of fire is low (but exists) and the most common mode of failure is simply that the router will stop working. Mind you, I'm also not insuring your home. :p

#3 Mindovermaster


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 03:48

The capacitors will pop/drain before you see a fire. Your router should shut down long before the fire. It's a common accurance on any electrical hardware

#4 ionas.alex



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Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:24

Might be from a coil in the router, or a capacitor that will pop soon, you should open it and do a close inspection.