cosmarchy
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Enclosure with rear entry

Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:55 pm

Hi,

I'm looking to build a media center but I'd really like an enclosure with all the cables coming out of the rear due to the available space in order to position the enclosure.

Does anyone know of a good enclosure which has the necessary internals to get all the cabling out of the back?

Thanks

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Imperf3kt
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Re: Enclosure with rear entry

Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:07 am

Define 'all'
Do you need HDMI? You'll need a right-angle plug adaptor.
Same deal for power / Micro USB
Audio through the 3.5mm steroe/composite video out?
Adding a case with right-angle adaptors to all these ports, will only make the Pi take up more space than by using a regular case with these on the outside.
What about USB and ethernet, do you need / want those?
Stop plugging your fan directly into the GPIO 5v
https://www.electronics-tutorials.ws/power/transient-suppression.html

cosmarchy
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Re: Enclosure with rear entry

Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:28 pm

I need HDMI, ethernet and a power jack.

Basically I want to have these connectors are the rear of the enclosure as I don't have a great deal of room down the sides. If I could get a suitable enclosure then I might be able to stack the other bits, which are currently around, on the top of the box.

It's a lot tidier having the cables not coming out in every direction...

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Re: Enclosure with rear entry

Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:12 am

If it was just the HDMI and power, then I'd have suggested rotating whatever you use as an orientation right now xD

Since you want the Ethernet also, perhaps just bend the cord? CAT-5 cable (from memory) is extremely flexible. CAT-6, not so much though.
Stop plugging your fan directly into the GPIO 5v
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Re: Enclosure with rear entry

Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:08 pm

I'm currently working on a similar project, and have decided that the easiest option is to buy a project case and get some panel mounted connectors. The case cost about a tenner from Maplin, and the other bits, including the PSU come to about £35 from Amazon. The only bit I'm still thinking about is how to get the power and HDD LEDs on the front of the case.

This is an option which might be worth thinking about.

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