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Wires and peripherals, ugly or tidy?

Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:28 pm

I would like to make my own pi case, therefore, keeping wire chaos to a minimum etc would be a bonus. I was just wondering what you do to keep your pi's work areas tidy and neat? I understand it depends on what you are doing with them but on a basic user level with a monitor, are there any tips for keeping your desk area not looking like spaghetti junction?

My main problem is that there are quite a few connecting wires that require plugging in from different directions, I guess that vesa mounting allows the wires to be moved away from any work area more readily.

I assume that one day that a single fine wire could be used to carry all information required like they have with modern wall mounted TV's. Having a hub/box off site that takes the bulky wiring and then sends all info (ethernet,HDMI etc) via a single fine connecting wire.

Any tips to bear in mind when making/designing a case would be much appreciated.

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Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:21 pm

My desk at work looks like an explosion in a mutant spider/wire factory, wire chaos is difficult to avoid with the Pi!
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Re: Wires and peripherals, ugly or tidy?

Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:24 pm

If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?
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Re: Wires and peripherals, ugly or tidy?

Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:06 pm

One tip when designing a case especially if it has more than just the pi in it , is to allow room for cabling , its surprising how much room running a few cables in a case consumes, especially if they have moulded plugs on the end.
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Re: Wires and peripherals, ugly or tidy?

Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:24 pm

It's hopeless.

We live in a wireless age. My desktop system has a wireless keyboard, wireless mouse, wireless headphones, wireless networking and a wireless connection to my phone. Still I'm drowning in cables: Power cables, HDMI cables, USB cables, serial cables, oscilloscope and logic analyser cables, random hook up wires, etc, etc.

Then comes the Pi and assortment of other development boards and gadgets...

Anyway, if you are not doing it like the famous Jim Williams then you are doing it wrong:

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Re: Wires and peripherals, ugly or tidy?

Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:59 pm

jamesh wrote:
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My desk at work looks like an explosion in a mutant spider/wire factory, wire chaos is difficult to avoid with the Pi!
Wow, you restrict the clutter to just one place.
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Re: Wires and peripherals, ugly or tidy?

Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:09 pm

DougieLawson wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:59 pm
jamesh wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:21 pm
My desk at work looks like an explosion in a mutant spider/wire factory, wire chaos is difficult to avoid with the Pi!
Wow, you restrict the clutter to just one place.
He better, as my desk is adjacent!! :D
(Then again mine is almost as bad, despite us only having had since Monday to make a mess)
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Re: Wires and peripherals, ugly or tidy?

Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:31 pm

I am far too OCD to be like Jim Williams, although....He could have achieved the same designer look with a pasta maker in nano seconds by comparison ;-)

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Re: Wires and peripherals, ugly or tidy?

Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:02 pm

6by9 wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:09 pm
DougieLawson wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:59 pm
jamesh wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:21 pm
My desk at work looks like an explosion in a mutant spider/wire factory, wire chaos is difficult to avoid with the Pi!
Wow, you restrict the clutter to just one place.
He better, as my desk is adjacent!! :D
(Then again mine is almost as bad, despite us only having had since Monday to make a mess)
Surely the best way to keep his clutter from encroaching on your desk is to build your pile higher?

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Re: Wires and peripherals, ugly or tidy?

Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:36 pm

simples59 wrote: are there any tips for keeping your desk area not looking like spaghetti junction?
I shout at them to tidy their own space up :lol:
(oh no, that's the children, not the Pis) :shock:
(I don't have children, must be my own mess...) :roll:
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Re: Wires and peripherals, ugly or tidy?

Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:03 pm

simples59 wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:28 pm
... are there any tips for keeping your desk area not looking like spaghetti junction?
Planning.
Before you start, work out what's going where, and arrange it neatly in your head.

So Planning.
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Re: Wires and peripherals, ugly or tidy?

Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:01 pm

you may find this utube useful
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYf7vFREV98

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Re: Wires and peripherals, ugly or tidy?

Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:19 pm

Ha! That video is Andreas Spiess. He is Swiss. You know how fanatical the Swiss are about clean and tidy. Swiss clocks and all that.

Great stuff.

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Re: Wires and peripherals, ugly or tidy?

Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:41 pm

Wait, you're telling me there's a desk underneath all these wires?
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Re: Wires and peripherals, ugly or tidy?

Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:17 pm

PhatFil wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:01 pm
you may find this utube useful
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYf7vFREV98
Apart from the use of Comic Sans at 10:12, that video was worth watching. I'd never thought of using 5/6 pin blank Dupont headers to stop the lone wires coming off.
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Re: Wires and peripherals, ugly or tidy?

Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:59 pm

DougieLawson wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:17 pm
PhatFil wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:01 pm
you may find this utube useful
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYf7vFREV98
Apart from the use of Comic Sans at 10:12, that video was worth watching. I'd never thought of using 5/6 pin blank Dupont headers to stop the lone wires coming off.
after way too long attempting to diy custom tiny crimped leads, deciding life is way too short and opting to buy in stocks of the premade ribbon cables I was glad to find a use for the 'bargain' shell kit at the back of a drawer..
imho Genius is stating the obvious First!

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Re: Wires and peripherals, ugly or tidy?

Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:58 pm

PhatFil wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:01 pm
you may find this utube useful
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYf7vFREV98
I now realise, all I need are some heavy duty gardening gloves, at least one sense will be disabled, just some very dark glasses and the wire chaos will dissapear altogether.

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Re: Wires and peripherals, ugly or tidy?

Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:39 am

simples59 wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:58 pm
PhatFil wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:01 pm
you may find this utube useful
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYf7vFREV98
I now realise, all I need are some heavy duty gardening gloves, at least one sense will be disabled, just some very dark glasses and the wire chaos will dissapear altogether.
i shoulda known i was in trouble when the mrs started wearing my welding goggles on date night before i could lay my hands on em, we have 2 pairs now. Phew!!. ..

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Re: Wires and peripherals, ugly or tidy?

Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:32 am

6by9 wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:09 pm
He better, as my desk is adjacent!! :D
(Then again mine is almost as bad, despite us only having had since Monday to make a mess)
All settled in then ?
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Re: Wires and peripherals, ugly or tidy?

Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:56 pm

Have decided, for now anyway, after good success with an added fan for temperature lowering to buy an smraza case with fan.
Already had heat sinks fitted with temps at 65-70 degrees just doing bits and bats, with a fan also it lowered to 29-35 degrees. One day I WILL get around to making my own "designer" case for my pi 3 B +. My old pi 2 can benefit also by transfering my current heatsinks and the cheap fan I tested with. Win win.........

Edit - Thwarted........I got a refund on the new smraza case as it is NOT suitable for the 3+, even though advertised as such by the seller. Apparently the pi 3+ has a slightly different design to the 3 and others. I spoke too soon :(

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