Dissecting the Linksys BEFW11S4

Disclaimer:

You can and probably will ruin your device if you do this. Your warranty will be null and void if you dissasemble your Linksys. This box was DOA in my shop, so I have nothing to lose. If you want your box to work when you are done, follow proper ESD prevention procedures. And fer gosh sakes, UNPLUG THE THING BEFORE YOU WORK ON IT! I cannot be held responsible for any damage you cause to yourself, your home, office, equipment, network &etc., or others if you decide to take apart your device.

Our victim, front view

Rear view

Remove the antennae by sliding the plastic sleeve back and unscrewing them.

Find the "Void your warranty" label. This is what holds the thing together. Cut it with a sharp knife. Be Careful!

Stand the box on end. Using both hands, one gripping the blue section, the other pressing down where I'm pointing, gently pull the two apart.

Success!

You should now be able to easily take the front blue section off, exposing the guts.

The bottom section with the circuit board should slide forward and drop out.

GENTLY pull the gold connectors off the circuit board.

If you are hacking the antenna, loosen the nut and remove the lock washer and the rubber washer.

Reassembly is left as an excercise to the reader.

Copyright © 2004 Chris Boyd

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