FROM THE FRONT LINES: Router in a dresser drawer?

Come on, folks… I know routers are ugly. I know they’re big and have all sorts of flashy lights and you don’t want them in your house. I get it. I know that even if you consider them a necessary evil, your significant other probably doesn’t.

So look, I know that the tendency is going to be for you to want to hide stuff that’s ugly. Sure, I would too. But do everyone a favor and don’t hide the router by shoving it in a drawer. There are two reasons:

It’s not good for the router.
All electronic devices hate to be hot and most routers cool themselves by letting cool air flow through them. That’s why they have all those vent holes. If you put the router in a drawer you’ll make it fail faster and then you’ll have no internet. No one wants that.

It’s not good for you.
By putting a chunk of wood or metal (like a drawer) between you and the router, you’re cutting its performance by at least half, possibly more. You’re cutting the range and the speed and honestly there’s just no winning there. You have a router because you want Wi-Fi, but if you hide it you won’t get good Wi-Fi.

So seriously, just keep that router out. If the lights drive you nuts, use a little masking tape over them or something. Just don’t put it in a drawer.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 6,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.