N.D.P. McIntoshMath/Science Educator and writer with more than 30 years of experience in science and industry.
Intro: Back-of-Monitor Raspberry Pi Mount
As Raspberry Pi computers begin to appear all over the world, people start wondering what to do with them. The first thing I wondered (after I got it up and running) was"how the heck am I going to get this mess of cables off of my desk?"There are probably many people like me, who have scraping together unused equipment to put back into service with Raspberry Pi computers. What it the point ofgetting a low cost computer to experiment with if you have to spend a bunch of money on peripherals to make it work? I had an old flat panel monitor, a USB hub, and aPC keyboard, and the only thing I needed to purchase was an SD card and an HDMI to VGA video converter for the display. It worked but was cluttering up myworkspace. My solution was to make a mounting system for the computer, USB hub, and converter to attach it out of the way on the back of the flat panel monitor.
Step 1:Select and Prepare a Mounting Base
As you can see from Figure 1, this was a project that needed to be done.(1) First, find a suitable piece of non-conductive mounting base material. Thin wood or plastic will do. In this case I used some pegboard scrap. I was hoping to use someof the holes to my advantage, but that turned out to be wishful thinking.(2) Figure out how the mounting base will attach to the back of of monitor. I chose to use Velcro, which will be a universally applicable attachment solution in most cases.The best and safest way to attach the base to the monitor depends on the size, shape and construction of the monitor. In some cases it may be possible to hang the basefrom hooks, or even to screw it on. Study your situation carefully before you make a final decision.
: You may choose, as I did, to make the board bigger than absolutely necessary to allow room for mounting a breadboard or other components later.
: Do not choose a mounting location or method that obstructs any cooling vents in the back of the monitor.(3) Cut the mounting base to size and sand the edges to make it look nice. Give it a final check to confirm it will fit and look the way you want (Figure 2).
1. Figure 1. What a mess!
1. Figure 2. Testing the size and location of the mounting board.