Cleaning Router's Port Contacts?

Discussion in 'Wireless Networks' started by (PeteCresswell), Jun 27, 2010.

  1. WRT54G.

    It has been living in a salt water bay front shop for some years.

    Owner thinks it's inop.

    I can get to the Admin screen and save changes. I can also
    connect to it via WiFi as long as port 4 is plugged into one of
    my LAN's switches.

    Seems to me like port 4 works, but ports 1-3 and "Internet" do

    The contacts look nasty: more black than gold.

    Is there a non-destructive technique for cleaning these things?

    I'm thinking the obvious pencil eraser would abrade off the gold
    or whatever the contacts are covered with and make any fix only
    temporary at best.
    (PeteCresswell), Jun 27, 2010
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  2. Per Brian Cryer:
    I'm assuming the male Ethernet cable plugs are bad too - although
    I have not seen them. I'll just bring a couple more down with me
    when I re-install the device.

    Went to Radio Shack, layed out $15.00 for some magic goop that
    claims to reverse the corrosion process and it seems to have
    worked. *Muy* expensivo compared to just plain old CRC or
    whatever the other stuff is though.

    Still cheaper than $40-$50 for a replacement router - although
    barely if one figures man-hours are worth something.
    (PeteCresswell), Jul 2, 2010
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