Turn an External USB DVB-T Dongle Into an Internal One




Introduction: Turn an External USB DVB-T Dongle Into an Internal One

So you bought an ugly and fragile USB DVB-T dongle in order to receive free digital television broadcasts, but after plugging it into your HTPC you realize how ugly it is and how likely it is for someone to accidently snap it.
This instructable will show you how to hide your external USB DVB-T dongle inside your computer case without disassembling it so you could get it out easily at any time.

Step 1: Materials

All the materials are very cheap and i found everything in my house.
What you will need:

working materials -
- DVB-T dongle
- PCI bracket
- Some 90 degree angled metal bracket
- Male to Female antenna adapter
- Epoxy glue
- Internal USB connecter cable
- Zip ties
- Zip tie anchors

tools -
- Drill
- 12mm metal drill bit
- Dremel
- Grinding\sanding dremel bit

Step 2: Fit the Adapter in the Bracket

In order to fit the antenna adapter in the PCI bracket we need to measure the size of the hole we need to drill. I already measured the adapter so you don't need to, The side is ~11mm so you will need a 12mm hole.

After you drill the hole use a dremel to smooth out the edges.***

***ATTENTION! Use safety goggles when drilling and grinding !

Step 3: Glue the Supporting Bracket

The right angled metal bracket is ment to keep the dongle in place and to prevent disconnection of the dongle from the adapter.

All you need to do in this step is to measure where you want the bracket and to glue it in place.

The easiest way to measure where you want the bracket is to connect the dongle to the adapter and put the bracket next to the dongle.

The best way to glue two smooth metals togrther is to rough out the surfaces. I used a grinding bit and my dremel.***

***ATTENTION! Use safety goggles when grinding !

Step 4: The USB Cable

The only way to connect the dongle to the computer is via USB. I didn't want to use an ordinary USB cable that will stick out and connect to the motherboard back panel USB ports so i used an internal USB cable that connects directly to the motherboard's internal USB ports.

The cable i used has two female USB connectors and i only need one. Instead of cutting the spare connector i folded it backwards and used a shrink tube to make it more asthetic and to keep it in place, That way i have another spare USB port ready for future projects or just for connecting a USB flash disk for saving recorded content.

Step 5: Final Assembling

In order to make sure the dongle wont move i used tie anchors and zip ties.

Stick the ancors on the metal bracket and tie the dongle down.

Secure the PCI bracket in your computer, sit back and start enjoying digital television.

USB Contest

Participated in the
USB Contest

Be the First to Share


    • Frozen Treats Speed Challenge

      Frozen Treats Speed Challenge
    • Electronics Contest

      Electronics Contest
    • Tinkercad to Fusion 360 Challenge

      Tinkercad to Fusion 360 Challenge



    11 years ago on Introduction

    Nice idea, i will copy this :D
    Thanks for sharing!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Congratulations for this Instructable. The project is well explained and realized in fine manner. Undoubtely, this solution improves the tideness and look of your PC back panel. However, I think that moving an external USB TV tuner inside a PC case could have some drawbacks. In case of hardware or software conflicts, it is not easy to unplug the dongle. The inside positioning could cause electronic interferences from the PC components.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    -- First of all, Thank you for the complements. -- Socend, There are PCI TV tuners (You can even see one in the picture of my computer, under the dongle. That is an internal TV tuner). The dongle is juts a tuner, an electronic component, It doesnt have an antenna (It is connected externally) and it is only a reciever and not a transmitter so it doesnt emmitt radiation and can have no influence on components inside the computer. -- Third, There should be no hardware-software conflicts, it's a plug and play device, I haven't once had to disconnect and reconnect the dongle. The dongle is still connected via USB and it is still very simple to disconnect and reconnect the device if ever needed.