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ASUS rt-ac88u disassembly?

Discussion in 'ASUS AC Routers & Adapters' started by Darren, Feb 19, 2019.

  1. Darren

    Darren Occasional Visitor

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    Hi,

    I want to open up a second hand rt-ac88u to clean it/replace the thermal paste before I put it into service. Trouble is I can't find any clues on how to get into it. Has anyone opened theirs up? Is the thermal interface paste or a pad? Are the heatsinks even easily removable?

    Any input appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Darren
     
  2. ColinTaylor

    ColinTaylor Part of the Furniture

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  3. Darren

    Darren Occasional Visitor

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    Thanks, no obvious way to open it or get the heatsinks off though.

    Is Tim still around? Maybe he can share how he opened it.
     
  4. RMerlin

    RMerlin Super Moderator

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    Four screws under the rubber pads, then you have to unclip the clamshell, using something like a guitar pick or a similar thin plastic tool.

    Can't comment on how easy it is to remove the heatsink, I haven't removed mines. Usually Asus goes with thermal pads for their routers.
     
  5. Darren

    Darren Occasional Visitor

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    Thanks that's perfect and big thanks again for the firmware, your efforts are highly appreciated.
     
  6. Pierino

    Pierino Very Senior Member

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    Careful removing mines. They can explode if not done correctly.
     
  7. Dave Parker

    Dave Parker Regular Contributor

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    No dissamble number 88. Sorry, couldn't resist. And yes Tim is still around or we wouldn't be here.