Internal Power Supply

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Internal Power Supply

Post by sphaera » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:54 am

I have been using the SiliconDust HDHomeRun HDHR4 for years. I like it.

But I would like it better if the wall-wart power supply was replaced with an internal power supply.

This would improve the aesthetics and give the box enough weight so that the attached cables would not drag it off the table. I have a clamp to hold mine in place.

It might have a form-factor similar to the Apple TV.

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Re: Internal Power Supply

Post by shawn_75 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:37 am

I can't speak for SD's motives for using a wall wart, but when you bring 120VAC inside your device, your whole device now needs UL Labs approval. As it currently is, UL Labs only needs to look at the power supply.

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Re: Internal Power Supply

Post by 3ton » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:12 am

Please no. If your power supply dies it is easy to replace for 15 bucks. If it was inside it, the whole device would need to be replaced.

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Re: Internal Power Supply

Post by EddieP » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:20 am

I do not want to see internal power supplies I prefer external easier to replace ... Just order a new one.

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Re: Internal Power Supply

Post by signcarver » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:01 am

I agree it is a terrible idea for an internal power supply... i once did a mod for someone to mount it in a drive bay thinking the pc's supply should work but within weeks it was apparent the noise on the 5v line as it was "fixed" by running the power cable of the external wart through the back of the pc to power the device though it may have been fixed with another internal supply.

However i also agree with the op's reasoning that for many the new devices are too light weight and move based on forces applied to the cables (particularly quad shield rg6 connected to tuners). Usually a cable tie/keeper properly mounted would suffice in keeping it still and flat but sometimes i wish for more on the case to more easily mount such as keyholes on bottom or screw holes on sides.

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