Although this might have been a issue with the modem I decided not to risk the router (that I own) and at the same time see if the heat was causing my problems. The second reason was because returning the modem or waiting for Crapcast to service would take much longer than fixing it myself.
Also in case you are wondering why I didn't just move the modem to another place? I didn't have room (as you can see) and I prefer not to see an extra 6ft wire if i don't have to.
Also the materials I had on hand were very limited: A piece of clear Plexiglas ~ 1/8" thick and some Testors plastic model glue.
Ok, lets get started.
Step 1: Size 'em Legs
Step 2: Line Out and Cut
Now cut those out as best you can. you don't have to stay right on the lines, if anything stay just outside because we will "shave" them down in later steps.
Step 3: Stack and Squish
The key here is to get 4 of these fitted into the slots on top of the router. This takes some time to sand them down and get the fit just right ** don;t make them too snug** once you have those 4 picked out and sanded to fit stack the remaining (5 per leg in my case) on top of each leg. i put a ver small dot of model glue between the layers and clamped the four legs with 1 clam each.
Again here you don;t have to be perfect in aligning the layers just good enough making sure that all the top layers overhang above the unique sanded pieces we made in the beginning of this step. If they don;t overhang then you might have gaps and valleys in the finished legs, so this is another reason not to cut them right on the line in step 3.
Once those are dry take your time and sand the top 5 layers of each stack to look like the bottom one. The end result should be something like in the 4th pic of this step. This makes a huge mess but TAKE YOUR TIME and don't just hack away.
Step 4: Make the Ledge
IMPORTANT: in order to make it look nice make sure that you cut it out outside the line then glue and then sand the glued piece down to the line you stenciled (look at pic #4). This insures that the edge is smooth and consistent, giving the appearance of one, molded piece.
Note: if your plexiglass and glue are both clear, once glued, the plastic will look like it's cracked. It's not, that's just the pattern the glue makes between the sheets of plastic. I would assume you could put a logo printout in there and it would be visible through the top if you wanted that.
Step 5: Almost There.
This procedure ensures that the shelf is a very nice fit to your router and that you will be able to use and reuse it.
Then just hook everything back up and you're in business.
For those of you wondering why not just use screws? I certainly could do that but the whole process of drilling, countersinking and finding the right screw... and making sure I don't crack the plexiglass was too much of a hassle. Plus you get a nice flat shelf with no need to fill screw holes. Whatever, do what you think will work best for you. I'm done.