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LightShow

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I Dont even know why im posting this but who cares xD might aswell
(if i am in the wrong category please let me know)

Hi! this is my first post on electronics point so i guess ill introduce myself.
my name is christian and i am a year 11 student studying electrotechnology and information software technology. i have loved electronics for as long as i can remember. i love solving problems and helping others, although i dont have much free time i usually use it up building circuits and modifying electronics Which leads me into my first post

(before i start i am open to constructive criticism. please if you have any suggestions let me know)
this is a netgear WGR614v6 and i have done a variety of things to it including

-Boosting the wifi signal output
-adding green "neon" LED's to the inner casing
-changing the antenna to a new D-link High Performance Antenna
-Flashing the firmware to DD-WRT
-Mini "UPS" system (Currently i am not able to charge the battery any suggestions?)
- a mildly better cooling solution

Let me know what you think!! :)
If you want more detail's please let me know IMG_1060.JPG IMG_1058.JPG IMG_1057.JPG IMG_1055.JPG IMG_1056.JPG IMG_1059.JPG
 

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-Boosting the wifi signal output
I think modifying an FCC type-approved product is "risky business" unless you are licensed to do this sort of thing.

Oh, wait! No FCC in Australia, so I guess anything goes... perhaps @davenn (our resident microwave expert) can chime in with an opinion on this.

Welcome to EP, Christian! I like Monster Zero Ultra, cut sometimes with Canada Dry Diet Ginger Ale.
 

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Cool project! I want to do that sometime, maybe even build my own router from an open-source kit so I have more control over it :)

Does your name "LightShow" have anything to do with the spectrum cycling Razer BlackWidow in the background? ;)
 

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so, are you changing the power through software settings or a hardware mod?

I'd probably add heatsinks to the chips which run at elevated temperatures.
 

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Does your name "LightShow" have anything to do with the spectrum cycling Razer BlackWidow in the background? ;)
Haha yes and no, the name comes from me allways putting LED's and lights in my projects :)

LightShow :)
 

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so, are you changing the power through software settings or a hardware mod?
The router runs a modified version DD-WRT which allows me to modify anything really so the "boosting" is done through a software mod :)

I'd probably add heatsinks to the chips which run at elevated temperatures.
I was thinking about it but could not find heatsink's small enough to go on the chip without hitting the roof. it would most likely run alot better with heatsink's to be honest. Im guessing i have to hunt ebay??

LightShow :)
 

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Yeah, there's plenty of small heatsinks on ebay. You can simply epoxy them to the top of the chips.
 

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Just a very thin smear of epoxy.

If you use thermal paste the epoxy won't stick :)

thermal paste is simply designed to fill the small voids that would otherwise be filled with air. The epoxy will do the same job. The main difference is that thermal paste is not a permanent adhesive.
 

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Hi,
This is of interest. Could you test whether this increased your range while maintaining the same throughput? I ask this because boosting the wifi signal might also boost noise (which does not affect it at design levels). Someone with more knowse than me might be able to help here.
But I do think a test would be great.
 
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