Igor Kromin |   Consultant. Coder. Blogger. Tinkerer. Gamer.

NOTE: This article is 3 years or older so its information may no longer be relevant. Read on at your own discretion! Comments for this article have automatically been locked, refer to the FAQ for more details.
I've been slowly modifying a 4-bay HDD USB 3.0 enclosure to fit an Odroid XU4 to use as a file server. This is the latest modification, the network port from the XU4 is taken and extended to be accessible from outside the HDD enclosure.

The HDD enclosure had a USB 3.0 port which happens to be of a similar size to an RJ45 network connection. I decided to make use of that by relocating the USB 3.0 port internally, since only the XU4 needs to connect to that. The RJ45 connection then went into the empty space I had left.

To make the RJ45 port sit properly, I cut out a piece of acrylic and slipped the port into it. The port had locking grooves on it so it sat snugly.
IMG_1033.jpg


I used a short network cable that was stripped down and connected to the port's terminals. This was a bit of a tedious task because these cables are not designed to be taken apart. Each of the wires had to be doubled back over and soldered to be thick enough to fit into the terminal jaws.

IMG_0957.jpg IMG_0958.jpg


Some PCB mounting spacers were then added on the front and back. The ones on the back are really there just to hold the nylon spacers in place, I could have used screws too.

IMG_1034.jpg IMG_1035.jpg




Then it was a matter of making some extra holes in the HDD enclosure for two screws and screwing the whole thing into place.

IMG_1036.jpg IMG_1037.jpg


The network cable looped around to the XU4 network port and I was done.
IMG_1033.jpg


-i

Skip down to comments...
A quick disclaimer...

Although I put in a great effort into researching all the topics I cover, mistakes can happen. If you spot something out of place, please do let me know.

All content and opinions expressed on this Blog are my own and do not represent the opinions of my employer (Oracle). Use of any information contained in this blog post/article is subject to this disclaimer.
 
comments powered by Disqus
Other posts you may like...