docgreen81
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Looking for a mounting solution for RPi (in case)

Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:52 pm

Hi Guys!

I'm prototyping a Raspberry Pi-based appliance for the company I work for, and I'm trying to find a better way to organize the absolute mess it's creating at my desk. Basically I need a way to mount and organize 5-10 individual RPi's at my desk while they're baked, configured, tested, etc. We've settled on a secure modular case that has 2 screw mount holes on the bottom, so I COULD just grab a hunk of wood and some screws, but I was hoping to find a more elegant solution that would also help organize all my cables.

Has anyone happened to see anything that might do what I need?


Photo of the current fiasco:
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Bottom of the RPi case:
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Re: Looking for a mounting solution for RPi (in case)

Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:20 pm

More information about how this "appliance" will be used could be helpful.

For example:
If the Pi computers are going to be housed in the same location, then something like one of these could work.
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But if they are going to be deployed individually, then another solution would be needed,
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Re: Looking for a mounting solution for RPi (in case)

Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:48 pm

docgreen81 wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:52 pm
I was hoping to find a more elegant solution that would also help organize all my cables.
Have you looked at the Argon One case?

Not secure regarding SD access and no wall mounting (though those can be achieved with a couple of velcro strips and a blob of super glue). All cable connections are at the back and the uSD is accessible from the front. Active and passive cooling. Easy to tidy cable spaghetti (a couple of cable ties does the job) and you have complete access to the GPIOs if required.
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Re: Looking for a mounting solution for RPi (in case)

Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:51 am

docgreen81 wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:52 pm
.We've settled on a secure modular case that has 2 screw mount holes on the bottom, so I COULD just grab a hunk of wood and some screws, but I was hoping to find a more elegant solution that would also help organize all my cables.
You can tack the cables to the wood to keep them organized. For elegance hire a carpenter to construct everything out of a suitable furniture-grade hardwood and stain it to match the office decor.

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Re: Looking for a mounting solution for RPi (in case)

Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:13 am

docgreen81 wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:52 pm
Photo of the current fiasco:
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If you think that's a fiasco, you REALLY don't want to see my desk.

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Re: Looking for a mounting solution for RPi (in case)

Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:52 am

Or mine :lol:
There is a reason I prefer compact keyboards, no room for bigger ones.

I have had one stack in the corner for years, for the security Pi's basestation made from a hardware store DIY 300x600mm wide shelf $5.
Two 90 degree shelf brackets, one front and back keep it upright.
The shelf is vertical and at 45 degrees to the corner walls with power board and power supplies hiding on the back
Pi's in any old cases and 100Mb/s switch on front screwed to the shelf.
Very ugly, but not touched for years apart from the occasional SD card fix or Hard drive swap.
Vertical mounting reduces the places dust collects ;)

Most of my 24/7 older Pi's are distributed around the property.
Lunch boxes/storage containers from the supermarket are good low cost weather proof cases.
Some have very clear plastic, good for the cameras.

But now with so many Pi variations and OS's, using just one Pi as a desktop is not enough.
Solutions for a stack of fan cooled Pi's are of interest.
One Pi4 is a low end Desktop replacement, but when I have a bramble of Pi's I am into new territory.

Using Pi's for development requires a stack of Pi's as no one OS is winning yet.
It's like a horse race, Gentoo64 leading Buster by a nose, followed two lengths back by Arch, then Ubuntu and these rest in a group with the favourite PiCore coming in last.

Back to cleaning the desk to make room for the new 1GB/s Switch stack.
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Re: Looking for a mounting solution for RPi (in case)

Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:38 am

My "organizer" is called VNC + 5 GHz WiFi.
I just need a 5V power bus.
It leaves room for a 32" QHD screen and a full sized keyboard on a neat clean desktop.

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