I thought this unit would make a perfect soho firewall because it is low power/noise. I bought the mod kit and installed a hard disk in my ThinkNIC, but after some hours the case gets hot to the touch. Definitely not suited for 24/7 operation. I was thinking of getting a Y cable for power and finding a tiny fan to put in the little space where the modem ports should be.
Has anyone else found this to be a problem, or are you all using your NICs as part time PCs/terminals?
RE:Modded ThinkNIC doubles as a hot plate (modified 0 times)
A piece of foam rubber on the top of the powersupply and between the supply and the front keeps the NIC from "recycling" the hot air in the case. Dont forget to remove the semicircular restrictor from the output fan on the powersupply. You want all the air to flow out of the case as unrestricted as possible through the left side. Mine now runs MUCH cooler. That side still warms up but not like the top did over the processor.Somehow when I wrote this it sounded much more coherant and much less like my previous ramblings.
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