This teardown is a working Actiontec Q1000 Modem, sold by Qwest as a Qwest Q1000.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Actiontec Q1000 DSL Modem, use our service manual.

  1. The Qwest Q1000 modem, made by Actiontec.
    • The Qwest Q1000 modem, made by Actiontec.

    • Port side with antennas detached.

      • DSL and Phone in ports

      • 4 Ethernet ports

      • USB port, reset button, and power jack

    • Not a screw in sight.

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  2. As usual, the rubber feet are hiding screws!
    • As usual, the rubber feet are hiding screws!

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    • Nothing really to see here...

    • Remove the 2 antenna wires from the wifi card. One is also taped to the back of the board.

    • The circuit board is finally free!

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    • Looks like someone was generous with the thermal paste.

    • Underneath the cover:

      • Broadcom BCM6366

      • Broadcom BCM53115

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    • The Wi-Fi card lets down its shield...

    • The chip is a BCM4322.

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    • The inside of the top case.

    • The antenna connectors are screwed onto the case.

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    • The antenna connectors have gold-plated coax connectors and standard Wi-Fi antenna connectors.

    • What's underneath the heat-shrink? A ferrite bead to minimize interference.

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    • Testing out the light pipe with an LED throwie...

    • The light pipe takes light from tiny surface-mount LEDS on the motherboard and refracts it to the panel.

    • Here are all the LEDS:

      • 8 of the LEDS that work with the light pipe

      • One more surface mount LED

      • A white LED for illuminating the Qwest logo

      • A dual-color (red/green) LED for the WPS status indicator.

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    • The empty shell that once held a DSL modem.

    • The 2 detachable Wi-Fi antennas. Nothing to tear down here!

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    • Repairability score: 8/10

    • The entire device is held together with only 4 screws.

    • The Wi-Fi antenna connectors are screwed in and the cables are not soldered to the board.

    • The antennas are replaceable as well.

    • The heat sink is soldered in place, making removal difficult.

    • The Wi-Fi card is soldered in and held in place with silicon adhesive, making it impossible to remove without damaging the card or the device.

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Awesome teardown! These things have gotten so simple. Those antennas would be pretty easy to repurpose for something else.

Kyle Wiens - Reply

What are the part number, volts, and amps of the power supply?

PDXTek - Reply

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