I plugged my AXT-1800 into an Ethernet port at a hotel, and immediately smelled the sweet-but-unfortunate smell of Magic Smoke (the stuff that makes electronics run) and sure enough, the WAN port is dead.
What are my repair options, other than a full replacement?
(Is there a(n easy) way to turn one of the LAN ports into a WAN port?)
I’d be interested to hear about potential causes of such an occurrence e.g. could it occur due to PoE wiring (why a hotel would have PoE I’m not sure), weaker WAN plugs or wiring in GLiNET ports / devices ?
Any other reasons for this, it’s clearly something everyone would prefer to avoid, but if a cable exists it’s also my go to for best speed Hotel Internet Access.
I don’t know enough about PoE but I understood power is only supplied to a device if it supports it? I guess ultimately the question is how do you reasonably take steps to prevent it happening without having to bring the kitchen sink to check it. Can (any manufacturers) Routers WAN ports be so wired / configured / designed / terminated so as to not blow up as a result?
FWIW, I’ve been plugging into hotel Ethernets for over 30 years now (and it’s sadly a dying breed as more places go WiFi-only) and this is the first time something like this has happened; it’s rare enough I’m not going to worry about it.
Just wish it hadn’t happened to my most expensive and advanced GL-iNet device
Wanted to follow up- first, GL-iNet CS is excellent; they sent me the SMT chips/PHYs and some ports, that I’m going to get reflowed in first chance I get. But the other happy ending is I’d just remembered that I’d used a RealTek R8152 combo GbE/USB Hub so I could switch between my Netgear Hotspot or the hotel’s Ethernet (one without mislabeled ports ) without having to physically disconnect the Ethernet and as the R8152 is detected as “Tethering” I’ve used it as the “WAN” port lately, and it works well.