Hack a USB hub, power your Raspberry Pi

Hacked USB HubSo I got my Raspberry Pi, but I’m still waiting for a case before I get going with it. One thing that occurred to me is that if I don’t plan this out well, I’m going to discover a real drawback to becoming a Pi-head: This thing’s gonna be messy.

In a most basic setup, a person would likely need an AC receptacle for the rpi itself, a USB hub, and an external hard disk. That’s three separately powered lumps to do the job of a “normal” tower computer. Then you’ll have cabling all over the place. Well, this hack looks pretty darn easy, and it will at least spare me one power plug.

Hacking the USB Hub, In a Nutshell.

Buy one of those cheap USB hubs with no power supply included for around 3 or 4 bucks. Hardwire a power supply to it, and hardwire a micro-usb lead to power your Pi.

In total, this project, mods and all shouldn’t cost more than about 10 bucks, and you end up with one less thing to plug in.

Thank pihub for a Great Idea!

Check it out: http://pihub.blogspot.ca/2012/06/raspberry-pi-power-supply-and-powered.html

Raspberry Pi – List of Compatible Peripherals

Raspberry Pi in a Pibow CaseToday I ordered a Pibow case from their site. A friend of mine who has several Raspberry Pi machines has decided that he has one extra, so he will sell it to me.

I will need to set up my own bootable SD Card. Here is the list of known good (and known-to-be incompatible) SD Cards, USB Hubs, etc.:

http://elinux.org/RPi_VerifiedPeripherals

I have a keyboard, mouse and a TV for this. I still need a power supply and perhaps a USB hub I can dedicate to the cause.

I have no idea what the hell I’m going to do with this thing, but I’m still crazy excited. I’m such a nerd.