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    Right guys , bit of a strange one here

    My o2 router has been leaking water! at first i thought it was because we have it sitting on out glass tv unit (condensation).
    So i decided to raise it off glass and balanced on top of two small candle holders to allow air. Well this morning i checked and the whole top of unit was drenched!

    Here's a bit about my set-up, router is downstairs and my computer is upstairs. I fitted a cat5 cable from my computer and ran it outside bedroom wall down by our back door then into living room wall.

    Now cable is massive, around 10-15m long and looks to be in good shape. Cable runs flat then loops into living room wall then goes along skirting to router, which is around 3ft off floor.

    Now my only theory now is there maybe a small hole in cable allowing water to travel down, BUT how the hell is it travelling up the cable lol

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    Let me get this right? Your router is leaking water?

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    Maybe is an H2o router and not o2..

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    wonder if it needs its nappy changeing.

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    If the water is getting into the cable, i.e. inside the sheath, the weight of the water from the upstairs, down the way is probably enough to raise it 3ft off the downstairs floor to the router.

    We had a similar problem but it was an aerial cable not a network one - I guess modern cables are just as susceptible! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swedge View Post
    Let me get this right? Your router is leaking water?
    Yes

    Quote Originally Posted by wazza View Post
    Maybe is an H2o router and not o2..


    Quote Originally Posted by 06sri View Post
    wonder if it needs its nappy changeing.


    Quote Originally Posted by 19CDTi View Post
    If the water is getting into the cable, i.e. inside the sheath, the weight of the water from the upstairs, down the way is probably enough to raise it 3ft off the downstairs floor to the router.

    We had a similar problem but it was an aerial cable not a network one - I guess modern cables are just as susceptible! lol

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    Even if there was lets say a small pin hole, there wouldnt be a sufficient amount of pressure required to propel water along 4ft of wall then 3ft up to router ?

    Maybe if it was connected to a hose lol

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    lol i was winding u up sorry, but this is the first time i have ever heard of this with a router.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmac View Post

    Even if there was lets say a small pin hole, there wouldnt be a sufficient amount of pressure required to propel water along 4ft of wall then 3ft up to router ?

    Maybe if it was connected to a hose lol

    Was Thinking if you have say a 10ft drop from 1st to ground floor, but only a 3ft rise from ground floor to router, the balance would be off enough to gradually push water up... I could be wrong, but it's an idea and my basic physics brain says it could happen. I'm by no means a physicist, it took me 3 attempts to spell it for a start.

    Failing that it's obviously an H2O router as mentioned above. Take it back and get it changed.... hahhahha

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    Yes - water can get into cables run outside the house (eg aerial cables) and will travel along by capillary action and can go up quite some distance. If the CAT5 you're using isn't rated as outdoor cable (ie UV resistant), it's probably degraded due to sunlight and maybe chafing against brickwork, and letting water in. Try unplugging it from the router and putting the end in a jam jar - you'll soon see if the water's coming from the cable or not.

    Replace the CAT5 - ideally run it inside the house. If that's impractical, you'll have to inspect it and repair any splits or holes. It's generally good practice when running a cable vertically down a wall to go past the point it needs to go horizontal, then form a U and come back up. This is so water running down the outside drips off at the bottom of the U, rather than going through the wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich r View Post
    Yes - water can get into cables run outside the house (eg aerial cables) and will travel along by capillary action and can go up quite some distance. If the CAT5 you're using isn't rated as outdoor cable (ie UV resistant), it's probably degraded due to sunlight and maybe chafing against brickwork, and letting water in. Try unplugging it from the router and putting the end in a jam jar - you'll soon see if the water's coming from the cable or not.

    Replace the CAT5 - ideally run it inside the house. If that's impractical, you'll have to inspect it and repair any splits or holes. It's generally good practice when running a cable vertically down a wall to go past the point it needs to go horizontal, then form a U and come back up. This is so water running down the outside drips off at the bottom of the U, rather than going through the wall.
    This is what i have done looks like i will have to remove it and try and drill through floorboards into hall and then into living room

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