Wireless USB adapter protection hack


So my wife’s wireless USB adapter broke for the 2nd time in a year. Just plugging the USB stick in and out over a period of time caused the device (a D-Link DWL-G122) to malfunction.

At first it would require a little nudge up or down near the USB connection to make contact, but this would gradually get worse until bending it almost to a point where it would break off would be the only way to get it working.

Anyone else had similar experiences with these pesky USB adapters?

Anyway, I got a new adapter (Sitecom WL-172) today and was thinking how can I keep this problem from happening again… Now I don’t know if the Sitecom adapters are anything like the D-Link ones, or even if I just had some bad luck with the D-Link adapters, but I made a little cover for the adapter anyway.

Wireless USB adapter in a tape cassette caseWireless USB adapter in a tape cassette case

It’s just a simple cassette tape case with the locking members removed and a little hole on the side for the USB extension cable to come out. I put in a little padding (thermocompact clean air filter material) for extra protection.

The encasing doesn’t seem to have any major impact on the performance, although I’m not sure if heat generation will be a problem.

I just hope my wife won’t mind lugging around this slightly larger adapter…

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DIY Stuff works best. I have a piece of wood that I place my laptop on whenever I DJ somewhere, so that the Fan of my Laptop can blow the hot air out. My Midi-keyboard is placed on two empty cassette-trays because the cables of my keyboard and mouse go under it.

And the bed I told you about earlier is working now (though not finished yet, I needed a break)



And heat could be a problem, just be cautious for a while. I had an USB-Drive which got very hot after being plugged in for more than one hour and completely failed after a year.

But on the other hand, I recently learned the rather stunning fact that heat is actually not as much of a problem for a (real) harddrive as people think, infact harddisks tend to fail much more likely if they are working in conditions with temperature constantly under 30