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Here we have the continuation of my phased approach to what I call the Embedded MPET for IP and DV MPET Project, I outlined here
The goal here was to integrate the MPET inside the computer to enable different use cases.
Within the HP DC7600 computer ( on hand already), the only changes I made to the factory hardware include:
Using a Dremel tool to notch out one of the low profile rear plane slot covers to pass through a larger grommet that has the USB cord to pass through.
Cut off the Molex style connector from the power cable that feeds out to the CD ROM drive to isolate the +12V and GND and replace with a coaxial style connector.
Drilled one tiny hole under where the sliding tray comes out to pull the CD-ROM drive out in order to anchor my new bracket for the switches and antenna jack.
Total costs: ZERO, unless I count the connector for the coaxial power I already had on hand as well as the grommet and screw.
It took a lot more words to describe such simple changes.
Upgrades to the hardware for the computer included:
Going with a 2.5in 128GB solid state drive which is quiet and energy efficient tcompared to a 3.5in HDD.
Adding a MU-MIMO Wi-Fi PCI-e card
Total Cost: SSD was too small for my laptop when I upgraded it, so no cost for me there. Wi-Fi card by TP-Link was under $20.
I fashioned a mounting bracket and isolation out of some plastic material I purchased at P & T Surplus
Here is the finished product: