Introduction: NES Cartridge Wireless Router

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The goal of this Instructable is to create your own wireless router using an NES cartridge housing. 

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Step 1: Materials and Tools Needed

NES Game Cartridge
(Preferably a very common game)

Belkin Wireless G Router
Model: F5D7230-4

Gamebit (3.8mm) or Flathead Screwdriver
Dependent on cartridge type 

Soldering Iron
Low-heat soldering iron is recommended

Solder

Thin Wire

Razor Blade

Desoldering Iron (Optional)

Desoldering Braid (Optional)

Pliers (Optional)




Step 2: Disassembling the Game Cartridge

First, identify the type of NES cartridge you have and acquire the appropriate screwdriver. One variation uses five flathead screws to hold the cartridge together, while the other variant uses three 3.8mm gamebit screws as well as two plastic tabs. 

Now, remove the screws using the correct tools based on your cartridge type. Once the screws are removed, the cartridge can then be easily halved. After the housing has been dismantled, remove and discard of the game's motherboard as this will not be needed.


Step 3: Disassembling the Belkin Wireless Router

Remove the two screws veiled beneath the information label on the bottom of the device. Refer to the image for screw locations if any complication may arise. Remove the screws adhering the router's mainboard to the casing. This should be rather simple.

Step 4: Preparing the Cartridge

You may find that the router's mainboard will not fit into the cartridge for quite a few reasons. The main problems lie with the unneeded plastic inside the cartridge. Specifically the long horizontal beams, the assembly holding the game board in position, and the vertical screw threading cylinder on the front half of the cartridge. Use your dermal, razor, or wire cutters to remove these cleanly. 

Step 5: Rewiring the Capacitors

Try fitting the board in once again and you'll find the capacitors are causing the cartridge housing to not close properly. These must be removed and rewired. Use either your desoldering braid or desoldering iron to remove the solder connecting the capacitors to the mainboard. Remove the three capacitors, labeled in the image, and resolder them with your wire. This is necessary for the casing to close. 


Step 6: Create Label for Cartridge

Now you can create a custom made label for the cartridge. We decided to go with a retro, Nintendo-style label for our router. Higher quality image here: http://www.tinyurl.com/nesrouter

Step 7: Final Result

And this should be your final result!

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Comments

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Thomas+Akinshola made it!(author)2017-03-30

It means you will have to remove the capacitors and rewire the board a little bit. You can check out the best wireless routers in 2017 on http://bestreviewedgadgets.com/best-wireless-routers/

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cnguyen6 made it!(author)2011-11-13

betwenn tell and plus the dsl,power,intenet,wireless and usb
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oh and one more thing can you try adding a wireless antenna

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PawanY made it!(author)2015-01-15

You can check this http://wirelessroutersreviews.com/netgear-wpn824n-n150-wireless-router/ as well.

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SilentStray made it!(author)2012-09-10

I would LOVE to do this. The only thing holding me back is the Belkin router. I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a different router that would fit.

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UnconventionalHacker made it!(author)2012-09-17

On my website, I believe someone in the comments mentioned using a different router.

Here's the link to the article, I can't remember which comment it was, though.

http://www.unconventionalhacker.com/2010/11/nes-cartridge-wireless-router.html

I'm glad you like it though!

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Snapperwap made it!(author)2015-01-02

Dude c,mom you're url doesn't even work

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SilentStray made it!(author)2012-09-17

Thanks for the info! ^^

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attrishailu made it!(author)2013-06-07

l

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buhimoth made it!(author)2011-07-09

If you lose signal, do you have to blow over the bottom of it? ;)

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hammertong made it!(author)2012-09-11

+1

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nwalkowski made it!(author)2012-09-05

What happened to the antenna? Does the router still give off a good sized signal without it?

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UnconventionalHacker made it!(author)2012-09-07

It's obviously not as great as it originally was, but it still sends off a fairly decent signal. We lined it around the outside of the motherboard inside the cartridge.

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vtturbox made it!(author)2012-05-16

Very clever, thank you for sharing this with us

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SteampunkManiac made it!(author)2011-12-27

would it be possible to rig something like Mozilla Firefox with the wireless so you could use the Internet on your NES?

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cnguyen6 made it!(author)2011-11-13

hey, can you like add leds with the symbols underneath so you can tell plus adding a button for a secure connections and a wifi protected setup

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fsped09 made it!(author)2011-09-16

Such a cool idea, thank you for sharing. Heres my run. Everything went well and the router still works just as it would if left untouched. I had a friend do the electrical work and I made the rest. Fantastic logo as well, thanks for the template.. I printed with the size 650x1146 with 300 dpi. Then I used self adhesive laminating sheets (Avery 73603) to give it that professional touch. It did get a little hot but I think I'm going to make a small holes on the back to ven for air. Other than that a fun build, thanks again!

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UnconventionalHacker made it!(author)2011-10-26

Awesome! Looks even better than ours! Great work.

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GameV8 made it!(author)2010-11-04

This would be so cool if it wasn't so sad. ; )
What poor defenseless game did you mutilate for this project?

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UnconventionalHacker made it!(author)2010-11-04

The best NES game known to man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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DooMer10 made it!(author)2011-09-27

Thats a REALLY BAD game you know the Angry video game nerd thanks you

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pontiacpassion made it!(author)2010-11-07

Oh I totally disagree! CONTRA : up up down down left right left right BA BA select start!

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adapt made it!(author)2010-11-08

oh cmon n00b, there is only one BA

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pontiacpassion made it!(author)2010-11-08

works either way ;)

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brandon9271 made it!(author)2010-11-07

I think he was being sarcastic about Dr Jekyll... ;) I hope... lol

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UnconventionalHacker made it!(author)2010-11-07

Yes, definitely. Haha.

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mr.ratburn made it!(author)2010-11-07

You are my hero for casting one of those horrific abominations out of existence.

Good day, sir.

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Barfopotamus made it!(author)2010-11-07

i'm guessing you have seen AVGN?

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jbutler4 made it!(author)2011-06-15

I just use apple routers, that company may make crappy desktop stuff but in terms of wireless they've got something right.

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ac1D made it!(author)2011-04-14

Funny that I read this, my belkin rooter just decided to go slowww on wireless, and stopped completly to work on wired.

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Honda+Enoch made it!(author)2011-03-20

The only problem I find is the Belkin Router. Belkin routers suck.

If this can be done with another brand router, then I am all for it. :)

Great job man.

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buttersnake made it!(author)2011-01-13

What size would I need to print the iage out as to fit on the cartridge properly? I know I could trial and error, and measure and still mess it up, but since you have done such a great job I figured you had already done all of that for us :)

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NapenE04 made it!(author)2011-01-08

definately the coolest instructable i have seen yet

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ArcticNemo made it!(author)2010-11-16

Also, shop Mcmaster-Carr and Jergens tool catalogs for the unique drivers used in industry, one can collect the right driver for any of the "security" screws out there.

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Tomcat94 made it!(author)2010-11-09

I *love* this project! I can't believe I haven't thought of this yet! :)

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UnconventionalHacker made it!(author)2010-11-10

Thanks!

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dreadengineer made it!(author)2010-11-09

If you have a Dremel tool, you can turn unconventional screws into flathead screws by cutting a groove in the top. (Assuming the screw isn't recessed into the hole too far.)

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static made it!(author)2010-11-09

Since I'm on my way to being fossilized, I'm sure it's just me, but I don't get why this was feature on the weekly email.. So this is merely a cosmetic hack, with no functionality improvement? The artwork does look like it belongs on the repackage router though. Someday some one will end up with the router, and will search the internet for a user manual for a product that never existed. Evil, I tell you, evil. :)

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Abi+Ketrail made it!(author)2010-11-09

I was checking out the site for my first real time as a new member, and your work happened to be the first that caught my attention. Love the concept and the fact that it looks easy to achieve a positive outcome and I doubt that, not counting yours, there are not many people that would have thought that up or even know about it. Something different and its a winner in my books. I will be checking out your other work fairly soon. Crackin' Instructable !
Abi Ketrail

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threeplustwoequelssixteen made it!(author)2010-11-09

Can I blow on the cartridge if I have a bad signal?

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UnconventionalHacker made it!(author)2010-11-09

You can, it just may not do much good.

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UnconventionalHacker made it!(author)2010-11-08

Thanks!

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macphreak made it!(author)2010-11-07

Nice project. Now all you need is an SNES Game unit to mount it on and make all your connections. You can even add a switch or hub inside to increase the number of ports if needed. It could also house the power supply as well.

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WesleySwain made it!(author)2010-11-07

Why would he put it in a SNES housing when it is a NES game? :/

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skrubol made it!(author)2010-11-08

Well, it probably wouldn't fit in a SNES cartridge, and it wouldn't look like much if it was hiding in a NES console.

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macphreak made it!(author)2010-11-08

I got the machines mixed up. Been a while since I have actually seen one or the other.

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macphreak made it!(author)2010-11-07

WELL SORRY!!!! Honest Mistake....

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WesleySwain made it!(author)2010-11-07

:P

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bapae made it!(author)2010-11-07

Don't you think that the router is going to get really hot in that little case?

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Arathefu made it!(author)2010-11-07

It didn't got hot in the first place, so it won't overheat in new housing.
Really cool project :)

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UnconventionalHacker made it!(author)2010-11-07

Thanks!