Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: For those who have integrated USB ports etc in their isntall

  1. #1
    FLAC shakes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Atlanta GA
    Posts
    1,064

    For those who have integrated USB ports etc in their isntall

    What have you found the best way is to secure different ports (usb, ethernet, etc) to whatever you are moutning them in?

    I have a couple of ash trays that I don't use ... and i'm thinking of putting a USB and ethernet port in each so you can just flip up the lid and plug something in. What I'm trying to figure out is what to use to fill in the hole (foam? wood?) and how do secure the port to whatever i use to fill it so it doesn't break when my graceless friends jam something in there.
    My JeepPC Install

    "there are no stupid questions, just stupid people."

    "it's been agreed the whole world stinks so no one's taking showers anymore"

  2. #2
    FLAC
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Posts
    1,109
    why not get one of those PCI type expansion slots with two USB connectors on it and then actually screw them to whatever you make the plate out of

  3. #3
    Maximum Bitrate brrman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Indianapolis, IN USA
    Posts
    523
    Why not use shaping foam for the hole? Then paint the foam and put several layers of polyurethane on it.
    Car: 2000 Audi A4 Avant 1.8t
    Carputer 2.0: removed. Back to stock.

  4. #4
    FLAC
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Posts
    1,109
    Depending on the type of foam, spray paint eats it up.

  5. #5
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Posts
    10
    I would use bondo, so you can paint it and it gives it a professional look.

  6. #6
    And then I was mod. Tidder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    New Mexico, USA
    Posts
    4,211
    I would actually use fiberglass for the custom stuff like that really. It's strong, durable, and looks really good if done right.

  7. #7
    FLAC shakes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Atlanta GA
    Posts
    1,064
    i was planning on using foam to fill in the box and mount the USB port instide the foam... then covering the foam with bondo or some other filler, and painting that.

    i'm still not sure how to secure the port in the foam so it doesn't move. i'm thinking maybe epoxy? i dunno.
    My JeepPC Install

    "there are no stupid questions, just stupid people."

    "it's been agreed the whole world stinks so no one's taking showers anymore"

  8. #8
    Maximum Bitrate jusatry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    862
    Quote Originally Posted by shakes
    i was planning on using foam to fill in the box and mount the USB port instide the foam... then covering the foam with bondo or some other filler, and painting that.

    i'm still not sure how to secure the port in the foam so it doesn't move. i'm thinking maybe epoxy? i dunno.

    what kind of foam filler are we talking about here? the spray kind? because isnt that hard to work with?

    do you mean the packing type of foam? because i ALWAYS have that stuff lying around.....

    i was curious about the same thing (mounting), except i want to mount a slimline DVD drive in my ashtray. Any ideas much appreciated.

  9. #9
    Maximum Bitrate Altimat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    WI
    Posts
    764
    The polyester resin in bondo will dissolve any styrofoam. You want to use balsa-foam, or seal the foam with latex paint first. Or just use a piece of ABS plastic with the necessary cut-outs to cover the ash tray opening. This would require much less finish work.
    Fabricator

  10. #10
    Bowel movement jjh221's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    not sure yet.
    Posts
    1,645
    what kinda usb, ethernet, firewire and perhaps headphone jacks are you going to use? I agree with Tidder. I say mount then in the figer class and perhaps use rivets. Like say if there is a way to mount them in between two pieces of figer glass. or perhaps just use the figerglass to hold in place of movement. If you were to put it in foam i would think it would move around and would compress foam after use. as well as a more solid and smooth finished look. So i say bondo and figerglass, the rivets just look cool.

Similar Threads

  1. Best mountable, DC powered USB Hubs?
    By Dan Marsh in forum General Hardware Discussion
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 05-19-2010, 02:34 PM
  2. Earthmate USB to Serial cable
    By New_Compact in forum GPS
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 05-22-2008, 01:55 AM
  3. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 04-06-2004, 09:52 AM
  4. USB Sound Card with ASIO driver and volume control
    By tbdombrosky in forum General Hardware Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 02-03-2003, 11:00 PM
  5. Via Epia Questions - need multiple serials, ps/2 ports, USB
    By nxt125 in forum General Hardware Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-07-2002, 08:08 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •