Asus RT-N66U broken power switch and how I learnt to stop worrying and love google

Walked into the office this morning to find that there is no wifi. Checked the router and found that the power switch doesn’t turn on. Just keeps flipping back to off. After calling a co-founder and asking her to stop by the store on her way in to pick up a new one. I took the tools and decided to open the router up and see whats making the power button not click closed. Before opening it up I decided to do a quick google search and found that this is a well known issue [1][2][3]! I was amazed how an expensive router can have such a faulty power switch, kind of absurd, shame on you ASUS.

One of the threads on a forum indicated that many people had success by taping the button in with a couple of pennies. Since I couldn’t find any pennies around the office, I used round headed thumb tacks with their pins removed instead. Worked like a charm.

The moral of the story is, always have google handy.