Samurai Posted December 22, 2009 Share Posted December 22, 2009 Ok, so here's the idea I'm working on. CD Rom/DVD/BluRay/[name your tech here] is one of the larger power draws in a laptop. Since the Fon 2100 draws 5 volts at 2 amps, and the Fon+ 2201 draws 7.5 volts at 1 amp, rather than hooking it up to 2 or 4 USB ports (specs are 5v @ 0.5A, and laptops tend to be lower) to supply the needed power, would it be possible to find a dead laptop CD drive and power the Fon off the CD drive connector? By removing the internals of the CD drive, you would be able to mount the Fon circuit inside the bay with only a network cable patched to the laptop physical NIC and an antenna sticking out. This way I don't have to bring my power strip or work with a limited 4xAA external battery pack connected to the router. Things to do: Compare CD-Rom drive power draw to Fon 2100 and Fon+ 2201 (the two I have currently) Double check height of bay and height of Fons Pinout on drive connector Find and mill plastic bay dust cover to hold Fon PCB (with openings for NIC and antenna) Cooling fan? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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