Firewalla Gold - How Hot does it get

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    Firewalla

    Here is the article that has that question 

    https://help.firewalla.com/hc/en-us/articles/360051284214-Firewalla-Gold-FAQ-and-Known-Issues

    "The Gold is passively cooled, please place the unit in a well-vented area. From our manufacture "the surface temperature will reach 60°C / 140°F when the room temperature is 31°C / 88°F and all CPU cores are 100% loaded". The unit may get hot/warm to the touch.   (The Aluminum case conducts heat well, so it will feel hotter when you touch it)"

    Unless you are running this box with no air circulation, there is no need for a USB fan.  

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    Chris Hewitt

    I am sure this isn't recommended or encouraged, but I put my coffee on it to keep my coffee warm and the Gold cool. Works like a charm.

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    Firewalla

    The box like Java :)

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    Andy brown

    I was thinking of getting a USB fan as I have my switch gear, router and Firewalla in a cabinet.  Two reasons I have it away in cabinet.  1, My wife told me tidy those wires up, it looks a mess.  2.  See 1. As I don’t have a choice

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    Firewalla

    The best is to put the unit there and see the temperature for yourself.  Try not to compare the external surface temperature with your hand and compare it to a plastic device, use a temperature gun.     I have mine in a small closet ... no issues so far.

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    Chris Hewitt

    With my big USB fan blowing on the surface I got as much as a 35% drop in CPU temperature.

    Not needed though. This was purely a science experiment.

     

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    Sukumar Patel

    I never meant to add THAT fan :D. More like a small USB fan. 

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    Chris Hewitt

    Hey, go big or go home. Plus it was that or the 1”x1” fan I have to cool my Raspberry Pi(s).

    This is more impressive.

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    Martins

    Hi there, I'm also very, very picky even knowing that Firewalla Gold doesn't need that... but I did just like Chris...

    I put a big ass fan on top of it, and it runs cool !

    You can use a small fan too, but it will get a little hot (nothing to worry) ... I did a test with a small fan, and it's kind of work...

    But as Chris said, go big or go home ! lol

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    Chris Hewitt

    @Sukumar OK ENOUGH ALREADY. Are you happy now!? 🤪

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    Chris Hewitt

    Now everyone, the fans are a bad idea. Why cool your Gold? First, it never gets that hot (we’ve been measuring it since we got it and even with adding internal goodies it hasn’t gotten over 56°).

    Plus, you need it to keep your coffee warm. If you don’t get enough caffeine how are you going to stay up to complete your TPS reports?

     

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