Everybody is going crazy with these Raspberry Pi cards, it’s a nice board with a lot of potential and one of the common activities seen in these months around the web is case construction, there’re also websites with rankings and user polls. As every geek I’d like to show you my personal Raspi case built with alumium and recycled parts:
I’m using the raspberry as a SOHO server for providing services for a LAN, it hasSamba, DNS, DHCP, NTPD, UPNP, rsync for a small media server; obviously with Moebius Linux loaded on it.
This case has the Raspberry and an integrated USB hub, the board takes power source from the same hub and uses it to expand available ports (overall 5+1 ports are free), Power supply is provided from a 5V 1.5A PSU, enough to serve multiple peripherals along with the Raspi. Integrated ethernet connection allows it to connect to the web and usb ports are commonly used for usb storage and a serial to usb adapter (for the serial console)
Here are more photos of it
I’ve also provided full details regarding the construction process so you can build your own too, contact me if you’re interested in it. Moebius is loaded on it, the process also shows the insulation steps taken to avoid mistakes with aluminium conductivity, I’ve taken ideas from common retail PCs where the case is build with conductive material but motherboard and other critical components are kept separated from it.
Feel free to discuss the process or leave me comments on it, I hope you’ll enjoy it