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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 4:02 pm    Post subject: Distance between cable modem and wireless router Reply with quote Back to top

In the past when I had a Linksys cable modem and a Linksys wireless router, I stacked them. Now I am using a Motorola SB5120 and the Motorola VT2542. A neighbor told me that the devices need to be at least 3 feet apart. Any advice?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I've stacked my gear for years, no problems. If both are wireless, then you might have problems and they should be some distance apart, but I don't think you have anything to worry about.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 4:37 pm    Post subject: Distance between cable modem and wireless router Reply with quote Back to top

Many thanks! Only the router is wireless. So, I'll leave them just as I have them, about 2 inches apart.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Wireless isn't the onle reason you want to seperate devices. If you stack devices it can cause excess heat, which can damage internals.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 8:13 pm    Post subject: Distance between cable modem and wireless router Reply with quote Back to top

Wow, so what is a good distance to allow between the cable modem and the wireless router? I have noticed the heat, as you stated.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

3-5 feet apart should do. Just as long as there is plenty of circulating air to dissipate the heat.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I have my VPN router and cable modem about 6 inches apart, at different angles, this way they both have a clear shot at outside air. another thing to watch is facing the exhaust fan of one towards the other. Kinda defeats the purpose if you're blowing hot air INTO another device.Make sure that NO portion of any vents are blocked, and you should be good.

I built a little rack out of one of those small wire baking racks (wife was PO'd) so that the VPN Router is held off the ground, thus allowing cooling all the way around. Simple tricks can help you extend the life of devices. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

IIRC the instructions for the Voip adapter recommend that you separate the adapter from routers, cable modem, etc. by 3 feet. My interpretation was to avoid coupling digital noise into the analog circuits in the Voip adapter. If the issue was only thermal the recommended separation would be significantly less than 3 feet.

My RT31P2 sits on top of my WRT54G. Looks like it was made that way.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

pdhenry -

What some people do for thermal separation is put some wine corks or similar items on the bottom of the legs on the upper unit, which gives more airspace. However, my WRT54G router and BEFCMU10 modem lock together nicely, and neither is anything more than warm to the touch at any time in that configuration. Since they've been like that for 18 months, I think they are good (grin).

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PS: One small caveat to the distance recommendations - I have heard of people having trouble when they use a patch cable that is too short, due to signaling issues. Generally, a 3 foot or longer patch cable is recommended, though it is perfectly safe to coil up the patch cable and stack the modem and router.

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