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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

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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

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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

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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. 
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UnconventionalHacker (author)  cdousley3 years ago
Thanks!
macphreak3 years ago
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.
Why would he put it in a SNES housing when it is a NES game? :/
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.
I got the machines mixed up. Been a while since I have actually seen one or the other.
WELL SORRY!!!! Honest Mistake....
:P
bapae3 years ago
Don't you think that the router is going to get really hot in that little case?
Arathefu bapae3 years ago
It didn't got hot in the first place, so it won't overheat in new housing.
Really cool project :)
UnconventionalHacker (author)  Arathefu3 years ago
Thanks!
tomtortoise3 years ago
Airsoft sniper + scope + projector and screen + Duck Hunt + duct tape = EPIC!!!!! (Note projector can be replaced by an Imax screen and sniper can be replaced by a shotgun for skeet shootin or because you can)
suboxygen3 years ago
sweet man! love it :D
UnconventionalHacker (author)  suboxygen3 years ago
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staalwart3 years ago
"Computer Series"! LOL!
UnconventionalHacker (author)  staalwart3 years ago
Haha!
liera213 years ago
"NES Cartridge Wireless Router"... certainly unconventional. That's it.

Very good instructable, tho. :)
UnconventionalHacker (author)  liera213 years ago
Thank you.
Great :D if i ever get a broken nes game i'll remember this.
Thanks!
tcwota3 years ago
I don't understand / see where the antenna goes.
UnconventionalHacker (author)  tcwota3 years ago
The antenna is lined along the casing. It is still effective in sending out a signal, too!
Can't tell from the photos, but possible to drill a hole into NES cartridge casing to attach router's antenna to board?
UnconventionalHacker (author)  tcwota3 years ago
It is very possible.
LooOoOoOVe it!
Thanks!
tesinopolis3 years ago
--also, if the router stops working, can I use the "blow-the-cartridge-through-the-t-shirt" trick? ;) I can't wait to do this, awesome post! thank you!
Haha, definitely!

And thank you for checking it out!
Skwalin3 years ago
I'm sorry, but what exactly does it do?
Is this simply a wireless router?
You plug it into your NES, which powers the router, so you can connect two computers together?

I thought for a second you could load games onto the cartridge wirelessly, and be able to change the game on the fly.

I guess you would need one of those hacked DEV cartridges to do something like that.
UnconventionalHacker (author)  Skwalin3 years ago
Yes, it is a wireless router. You don't plug it into your NES, though. It plugs up through an A/C adapter and it begins sending out the wireless signal (the antenna is lined around the inside of the casing). Then, you can also connect devices via ethernet cable to the front.
Dy7lan3 years ago
Absolutely Brilliant... or should I say radical!!!
UnconventionalHacker (author)  Dy7lan3 years ago
Thanks!
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