pixelriffic
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In search of a larger case

Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:47 pm

Hi folks,


A year or two ago, I ran across a case for a Pi that was about 4X the size of the common enclosures. It was around $100. Sadly, I did not buy it at the time, and wish I did. I can no longer find it. Clearly, some are a fan of the teeny weeny little cases, and sure, some are pretty cool, but I'd like a larger case. Among other things, it would be handy to put a linear power supply inside the unit, and make it look like it belongs on the shelf with the other audio gear. Anyone know of such a thing? My searches have led me only to the tiny little enclosures we all know.

landyvlad
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Re: In search of a larger case

Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:39 pm

I agree I'd prefer a case with power supply internal so just a normal wall plug.
Watching.....

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Re: In search of a larger case

Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:36 pm

landyvlad wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:39 pm
I agree I'd prefer a case with power supply internal so just a normal wall plug.
Watching.....
An internal supply would be great, and the added weight would help prevent the unit from scooting around.

I did run across this 3D pattern for a case that could be promising. A friend has a 3D printer, but the quality of the output is not something I'd want to look at on a shelf. Still, it's on the right track.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:655304

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Re: In search of a larger case

Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:37 pm

Try a Google search on 'project boxes' or 'project cases'. You may not find anything Pi specific, but there's a huge variety.

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Re: In search of a larger case

Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:45 pm

Douglas6 wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:37 pm
Try a Google search on 'project boxes' or 'project cases'. You may not find anything Pi specific, but there's a huge variety.
I do appreciate the suggestion, but I should probably clarify my original request. I'm not looking for a project, but rather a ready to go case. Sure, I might make a modification or two, but I don't have time to dedicate to starting from scratch. For those that do, ebay also has some very nice cases for modest prices.

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Re: In search of a larger case

Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:08 am

In case anyone cares
source for cases and lots of components
https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/diy-encl ... -6336.html

they have some nice stuff but NOT cheap. (Too expensive for me!)

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Re: In search of a larger case

Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:14 am

I'm looking at the possibility of a project which will have two separate Raspberry Pi's in the one case (along with a power supply and a few other bits and pieces)

The main issue that my brain is wrestling with at the moment is the fact that the pi has connectors on at least two sides.. so setting it up in a case , with access to the various ports where needed, isn't easy.

It may come down to some (or all) of the ports needing to be routed to panel mount USB connectors, and RCA connectors for the hifiberry board) .
(not an ideal solution but a possibility I suppose).
Anyone know where I can get these, affordably?

I'm in Australia, in case that's relevant....

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Re: In search of a larger case

Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:45 am

http://www.pcsl.eu/1u-Rack-Mount-Case-f ... -Computers

there are others for 2 or 3 RPi

search for rack mount cases ?
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Re: In search of a larger case

Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:03 am

I use the WDLABS 6x6 case in a few instances where I want more room:

Image
http://wdlabs.wd.com/category/pidrive-enclosures/

Big enough for a pi + HDD, or 2 Pi - but I think you might need bigger if you want 2x pi plus psu ?

Or there are various versions of the MediaPi case:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Limited-Raspbe ... 00JNXERM2/
https://www.amazon.co.uk/SB-Components- ... B00SEGYY7C
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Re: In search of a larger case

Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:23 am

This one looks close to what you want. It doesn't have an internal power supply, but it does have a power-switch.

http://uk.farnell.com/element14/pi-desk ... nsku=false

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Re: In search of a larger case

Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:17 pm

Thanks for all who replied. The Media Pi is by far the closest to what I had in mind. It has a USB hub as a bonus, and connections routed to the back, where they would be on any other audio component, and as RCA connectors at that. That's a big difference from all the others, as they just expose the Pi's connectors. The rack mount case is interesting, and adds the space, but I think the Media Pi case would look nicer on a shelf overall. Appears that there is still room to put a Hifi Berry in there too. It In fact, I just ordered one.

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Re: In search of a larger case

Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:26 pm

rurwin wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:23 am
This one looks close to what you want. It doesn't have an internal power supply, but it does have a power-switch.

http://uk.farnell.com/element14/pi-desk ... nsku=false
I am currently running in one of these. It is a nice bit of work but actually costs more that the Pi did!

Just be aware you will lose one of your USB sockets; what isn't shown in the image is the dongle that is required to power the msata adapter card that sits on top of the Pi. Notice in the image the top right USB socket and the second power socket are surrounded by a white line; this is where the dongle goes.

I have a 16GB SSD msata card mounted in it with all the development projects source etc. including a copy of the fstab file that contains the mount details for this card.

It saves a lot of hassle when upgrading to the next version of Rasbian.

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Re: In search of a larger case

Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:03 am

IF you are willing to go the DIY route, i took a old computers power supply and made it a case
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images are not quite upto date, been trying to get a odd noise out of my audio, not sure if it is EMI noise, software bug, or a defect in my pi
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