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Kenji
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« on: January 09, 2011, 05:51:19 AM »

I tested my GuruPlug Plus for the 1st time today and was surprised when I heard the noise from the fan.  It sounds like a vacuum cleaner and it's very annoying.  I have 2 things in mind to solve this problem.

1. Return to GlobalScale and ask them to replace with GuruPlug Standard which I believe does not have a fan.
2. Open it up and disconnect the fan.  I only plan to use 1 ethernet port at 100Mbps, wifi and microSD slot.  I think this won't generate too much heat even without the fans running.

What would be a good thing to do?  Thank you.

Kenji
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lolo84
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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2011, 06:31:01 AM »

Hi Kenji,

Disconnecting the fan of your guruplug will make it overheating and maybe die as it does for me. I can't advise you to replace with the standard unit since I don't know anything about this unit. But judging from my experience with Globalscale Technology ( see my other post in this forum) and all the problems I got with their product, I will demand the refund of your product and see elsewhere.

Lolo
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Kenji
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2011, 07:12:33 AM »

Lolo, thanks for replying.  According to GlobalScale's website, the heat problem is due to concurrently running the network interfaces.

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The problem is directly related to heat generated by the load on the CPU.   Having 2 x 1Gb Ethernets and WI-FI running concurrently with other interfaces, causes the CPU to work harder and a lot hotter. We have found the  GuruPlug ‘s small enclosure , is not efficient as we would like at heat dissipation, therefore we suggest the following as a workaround.   

The GuruPlug Server “Plus” is designed in its current form for maximum usage with one Gb Ethernet port and one 10/100Mb Ethernet port.  Whilst using the unit in accordance to these parameters will solve the majority of “heat problems”, it is highly recommended as an additional precaution you use 10/100MB speed connections for both Ethernet ports as it will further reduce the high temperatures on the enclosure surface.
http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/news.aspx

At the time of writing, I think they were talking about the older model without a fan.  After reading this article, I'm assuming that I can run my GP Server Plus without a fan (I'm also planning to add heatsinks) as long as I follow their recommendation to keep eth0 and eth1 at 100Mbps.  This won't work?

Kenji 
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2011, 07:56:24 AM »

I have decided to return my GP Plus to GlobalScale and get a GP Standard as replacement.  With an additinal $9, they agree to also send me a JTAG board.  I've confirmed with them that GP Standard does not have a fan.
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2011, 04:47:47 PM »

Note the standard does not have an sd card slot.
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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2011, 06:30:10 AM »

Richard,

I haven't received my GP Standard but based on the website below, it looks like it has.  The block diagram and pics shows that there is a microSD card slot.

http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/t-guruplugdetails.aspx
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