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Power Shield for Astroberry

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Replied by Ian on topic Power Shield for Astroberry

Excellent idea. I don't have the Indi Dev experience to contribute but a couple of ideas on the hardware:

1. Add an external Wi-Fi antenna (signal strength seems an issue for my RPi inside a case
2. Fan location/position: dew falls downwards so ensure the airflow is drawing in from underside and expelled ideally through a side?

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1 year 11 months ago #61047

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You could use velcro to stick the SSD to the housing. Not pretty but it works. I use an SSD as well. MUCH faster than a SATA drive but also more expensive.
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Replied by Giles on topic Power Shield for Astroberry


Yes, don't get me wrong, I'm interested with this "as-is", but as we're still in the stages of design, just thought that some suggestions might still be worthwhile. Even if it is space internally to house a 2.5" SSD SATA, and a hole (perhaps with a blanking plate) big enough to loop a USB cable back internally.
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Just to let you know... an INDI driver for this board is on its way!
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It does not need to House a full 2.5” SSD, there are much smaller versions available, like the M.2 or the mSATA drives, both much smaller.... :)
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I for one would be very interested, so count me in please.
1 year 11 months ago #61104

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That looks good! Is this kind of like a Pegasus PB?
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Replied by Giles on topic Power Shield for Astroberry


Yes, like a Pegasus PB, but integrated into Astroberry (or Stellarmate OS for that matter.)
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1 year 11 months ago #61119

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So the idea is really good, first I will do some small updates on the current design to prepare it for assembly with an SMD machine.
SSD, M2, or such drive would require a bigger design change, but this point is on the improvement list, thanks for the feedback!
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1 year 11 months ago #61120

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That is a good idea, but unfortunately, currently, the Raspberry design has no option to connect an external antenna, maybe to hack the RPi would be possible, but one of the main points was during the development is to use the RPi as is, then everybody can attach it.
That is a really good point, currently, the GPS and the fan are on the same side, and to use the internal GPS antenna the top of the box should point upwards.
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The more you say about the project and your motivation, more attractive it looks to me!
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The 12v power is connector, is that a common style connector with leads that can run from a battery pack with say a car style cigarette lighter socket on ?
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