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I recently subscribed to AT&T DSL and am using the modem provided by AT&T (Motorola 2210-02-1006). It's a small motorola. I am also using a Belkin router. I notice that the router is slightly warm but the modem gets very warm -- almost hot. I don't know if this is normal. I've had no trouble with connection or speed. My concern is the very warm modem. Could this cause a fire or damage my computer? Any thoughts or help on this? Thanks

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  • Anonymous Nov 06, 2008

    My Motorola was always hot as a firecracker, then it died after 2 months. Best Buy would not take it back since it was over 14 days and washed their hands of it. They told me to go back to Motorola for a replacement.

    This modem apparently has a overheating problem due to a lack of ventilating provisions in the case. I would recommend unplugging the modem after use.


  • jimcoates Dec 07, 2008

    I have the same modem, Motorola 2219,
    with the exact same symptoms ... very warm, almost hot. I do unplug mine at night because it makes me nervous.

  • Anonymous Feb 24, 2009

    Mine also stays very warm, and I'm also having problems with my internet connection. I have unplugged and powered back up so many times, only for it to happen again after a short while. I'm beginning to think I have a bad modem.

  • Penny Kunzman Aug 15, 2013

    Solved my hot modem and hot router problem. Bought a cheap laptop pad (with the fans) at Big Lots ($8), plugged it into my router, set modem and router on it. They don't get hot anymore.

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