I am finishing a desk project and want to add a USB hub recessed into
a desk. I need just USB or USB and firewire connectors not power. I
found Furnlites units but these have power.. and are not recessed so
don't work for me.
Anybody seen anything like this? Or know of a supplier?
Thanks in advance.
You could probably figure out how to sandwitch the female end (the one
with the flanges) in a wooden recess or two-part wooden form, and run
the male end back to any old hub. The female end flange is about 3/8
How about just using keystone inserts--for USB inserts here's one
source <http://www.ramelectronics.net/html/keystone.html#fw .
Note that if you're up to the workmanship required there's no reason
you can't make your own panels to hold the inserts--you'll need to get
and cut up one of the plastic ones to get the dimensions and design
details. Or you could just cut a hole the right size in a thin piece
of stock and then bond the insert in place.
You may want to rethink building particular features into the desk. I built
a computer desk 20 years ago and the special features became obsolete many
years ago. USB and Firewire may not last as technology advances. I see
wireless for everything being the "IN" thing in the very near future.
Internet routers, printers, keyboards, and mice are already offered as
If you want to build things into the desk anyway, consider making them
modular enough you can remove and replace them when you're ready to
upgrade your system. Doing this in the design stage saves a lot of wood
and hacking later. ;-)
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Inductive coupling (within a reasonable distance like a table top) to
charge battery operated devices such as Cell Phones, Ipods, PDAs, ect.
is being talked about as one next best tech toys in the near future.
Now if all I have to do to recharge my cordless tools is set them on
that there bench over there, rather than change the battery pack I
could go for that.
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On Tue, 30 Jan 2007 19:40:13 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott Lurndal)
The trouble with wireless is that anything wireless still needs power,
so either you have to put batteries in it, or keep it on a charger, or
run a cord to it anyway. I have a wireless keyboard and mouse on the
machine that serves as an entertainment center (and before anybody
says "TV on a monitor" it's a 14 foot monitor), and they're pains in
the butt--I wouldn't want such on a desktop machine.
Wireless USB is no doubt going to be useful for some things, but I
don't see it replacing wired for everything.
In any case, I don't see how having wired USB and Firewire jacks has
any effect on wireless--if you don't need them then you just don't use
I agree with Leon's approach of not getting too specific. It reminds
me that many years ago I built a very customized cabinet for stereo
equipment only to see it obsoleted as smaller and newer equipment was
developed. The lesson I learned was to make the desk or cabinet as
flexible as possible.
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