I bought this @$125 in the recent Amazon deal. Many reported this router burned out after a few years but I feel that it's because of the CPU is always running relatively hot due to it's passive cooling with limited openings on the back. I find that the CPU is always running at 79 c even when idling in my case (ambient 22 c). Though the SoC can tolerate up to ~120 c (IIRC), the other adjacent components may still get "burnt" by this over time.manho wrote: ↑ I just got one burned out on me this week being just shy of 3 years old.
It's a great router, no doubt. But due to the relatively short longevity i experienced and reported issues with ai-mesh-ing with AX routers, I would not buy again.
edit: I would buy if it was $125, but not at $179 or 199.
I stick a spare 80mm fan to the back (on the right side when the CPU sits) and immediate bring down the idle temp by almost 30 c (from 79c to 48c). See the picture attached. Hope this can help the longevity.
I like the dual core 1.8GHz CPU with ample RAMs this router has which certainly helps when running entwares (firewalls, Ad-blocks, logging, etc), VPN and FTP, it's more responsive and stable than the R7000 this replaces even when under heavy load.
So far, I don't experience any dropping connections on 2.4GHz (or 5GHz). But certainly, the 2.4GHz range hurts when my microwave is running though it's far away from the router and on different floor.