Introduction: A Marquee, News Feed Ticker, Twitter, WiFi Repeater Bridge, Thing.

This project started when I was going through the junk in my garage, stumbiling across this old LED sign and a spare wireless router. Now, it gives me all kinds of info from the local weather, date/time, various news feeds, interesting tweets, etc. Basically, any info available from the web. Also, I have modified the WiFi router to be a repeater bridge. So, in one way, I can consider this something interesting to do with a WiFi repeater.

I would not try making another one exactly like this because the parts are so unique. But, I will re-use some of these techiques to do similar things with (I actually already have).

Step 1: The Basic Construction

  - LED Display
  - An SBC (I used this because I had one)
  - A WiFi router (I used this from my garage)
  - A display case/shadow box (example)
  - A piece of two-way mirror (example)
  - Some black felt to hide everything

The first thing I did was to get the SBC working with the LED display. You're basically on your own here. Of course, you could use any type of SBC/Display combo here. It just needs to emit light and connect to the web.

After all the basic components were working, I cut a piece of the two-way mirror to fit the display case and replaced its original glass with it. With the display off, the mirror gives it a nice effect.

Step 2: Under the Hood

Next, I took the router and power supplies out of their native enclosures and mounted everything to the backboard of the display case. Here, I used hot glue and JB weld to stick the things down. I connected everything together and shortened cables where needed.

Then I glued felt under the display to hide the components.

Step 3: The Back

I mounted power switches, the AC plug, and an Ethernet connector to the back of the unit. These were primarily done with JB weld and some random hardware.

Step 4: Finishing

I put a couple of small holes in the felt to be able to see some status indications through the mirror.

I also replaced the firmware in the router with dd-wrt. That is how I made it a WiFi repeater bridge. Check it out if you have an old router lying around. It will allow you to do some really cool things with it.

Epilog Challenge

Participated in the
Epilog Challenge