Agreed, a breadboard looks nice and “hacky”. But, it doesn’t really fit nicely into my interior :-)
It’s time to give the Jeenode infrared sender/receiver a better home!
The main ingredients to get this going are:
- Hot glue (love that stuff)
- Some wires
- A Jeelabs carrier board with case
- A drill
- A lot of patience…
I started out drilling a hole for the power supply. I used an USB cable to power the Jeenode (I cut the unused wires). USB is on a lot of devices nowadays (media boxes, media tanks, sat receivers you name it) so this is an ideal power source for my IR box.
The next step I took was to give the IR receiver a nice position, I choose the opposite of the power connector. I did this because I want the power connector, and other connectors out of sight.
Once again I drilled a hole, inside the box I had to make a little piece of plastic tube to lift the IR sensor (I soldered it to a little hobby print board)
And here is it glued to the box (I am a sloppy solderer, but hey it’s inside a box anyway :-) )
And this is how it looks on the outside:
Next up was wiring the cables the same way as on the breadboard, this was more work then I expected it to be. Took me quite a while to get everything wired up.
Here’s the result of the wiring inside the box:
And this is how it looks from the outside:
That’s it! The receiver has been put inside the box, I need some more time to fit the sender inside the box. I have some different idea’s for that instead of drilling holes.
This step in the project required quite some different skills (drilling, glue’ing, soldering etc)