This Instructable will teach you how to mount an USB hub inside an Altoids tin.
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Step 1: Gather Materials
For this Instructable you will need:
an Altoids tin(obviously)
an USB hub
small piece of card board
Step 2: Drilling/ Cutting the Holes
Cut the holes depending on where the ports are on your hub. On mine there was two groups of two (see pic). I drilled a few holes in the side and started cutting with scissors. Then I smoothed out the rough corners with a Dremel but I'm sure sand paper would work also.
Step 3: Installing Cardboard and Hub
After you have cut your holes glue in a piece of card board cut to the size of the Altoid tin. I used hot glue but anything will work. The reason you glue in the card board because the circuits on the bottom of the hub overload when it touches the tin. Also if you haven't taken your hub out of the case yet do that now but be careful because when I took off my cover I snapped off a resistor and had to solder it back on. Once you have glued in the card board you can glue in the hub. Make sure the ports are sticking out a little so plugs can stick into them. One way to test this before you glue it is stick a plug into all of them. Also if you want to have the hub plugged in while the tin is closed then drill a hole in the side for the cord.
Step 4: Try It Out
Try out your new hub and bring it to work or school and look at peoples faces when they see you plugging in an Altoids tin into your laptop. Thanks for reading my Instructable hope you are satisfied.