So i decided to build an wireless internetradio. I tried to let it look a little like an steampunk radio.
Most of the material i had in my workshop, so i can't give an ammount i spend for it. All the copper-parts i have build out of copper-pipes.
And therefore this is my first instructable and i am not a natvie english speaker, i hope that you understand my steps. :) Feel free to comment..
You will need these materials:
bigger mains adapter, because it has to supply the LEDs and the speakers too (about 10€)
USB-Powered speakers, this one are from Logitech and the sound is very good (about 14€)
turnswitch for changing the LED-Color
Wood planks, the size you want
copper pipes and bends
10mm² copper wire
Tools I have use:
router with different cutters
cordless screwdriver with different drills
Step 1: Step One, Building the Box
For the speakers i take off the half material of the wood with the router, with the holesaw i saw the holes for the speakers. With small grid i protect the speakers against damage from oputside.
The top and the back are one piece, so i can open the box wide.
Step 2: Step Two, LED in the Top
The LEDs are switchable red-green-blue-white, therefore i take an turning switch and build an acrylic box for it.
Step 3: Step Three, the Handle and the Fastener
For the fastener i use a piece of copperpipe, anneal it, and hammered it flat. The axis is an 10mm² electrical wire.
Step 4: Step Four, Wiring
At first i opened the tab and solder (sorry, no pictures) wire to the four switches on.off/home/frontbutton/reset. These wires i solder to an board, where i have put on four switches before. These switches could not be operated from the outside, because until now i haven't an good idea to manage this. :)
In the Box i glue a socket for the 9VDC powersupply the tab needed. 9VDC is enough to operate theLED and the speakers too.
The switch on the top is an switch with five positions off/red/blue/green/all=white. Therefore i've build an board with three diodes as seen in the picture below.
The speakers are USB-Powered, so i took an 12V-Car to USB plug. The plug works with 9VDC too.
For the tab supply i use an plug who fits into the socket, so i don't have to cut of the original mains adapter
At least i connect all the 9V-cables.
Step 5: Assembly
After finishing i noticed, that the WLAN is very weak, so i took the boardantenna out of the tabhousing. Now it works better.
Two things i want to do in the future:
1. find a way to use the switches from the outside
2. find a way to switch the 5VDC fom the tab with the 5VDC from the Car adapter, because so i can't use the radio without the powersupply.