Raspberry Pi Information Screen for a Church Lobby
March 23, 2015 11:11 AM   Subscribe

I got the go-ahead to build a Raspberry Pi-based information screen (mostly upcoming events) for the lobby of my church. I am a software guy so I've got that side mostly figured out. But how do I mount the Pi? On the back of the monitor somehow? I need to mount the monitor fairly high on the wall. I have access to a standard outlet.

I want to use a 22" monitor that has VESA mount points. I found a bunch of mounting brackets on Amazon that look like they'd all work well. The things I'm unsure about is 1) how to mount the Pi, and 2) what to do about the two power cables dangling about five or six feet down to the power outlet. Seems a bit ugly. Any advice on managing that would be helpful. Thanks!
posted by circular to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
1) Find a nice case for the RPi. Screw the case to the VESA bracket, perhaps?

2) Use a cable management system like you would for a flatscreen TV. Easy/cheap path is to cover the cable. Harder/pricier/nicer path is to route a new power outlet behind the TV. Do NOT run an extension cord behind the wall.
posted by JoeZydeco at 11:16 AM on March 23, 2015

This case has holes for wall mounting. You could locate it on the wall behind the monitor or even to the back of it with crazy glue or velcro straps.
posted by Poldo at 11:23 AM on March 23, 2015 [1 favorite]

Back when wall clocks plugged in, there was a special outlet so you could mount the clock flush to the wall over top of it.

You could have one of those installed for a very neat appearance.
posted by fritley at 11:54 AM on March 23, 2015

There is monitor bracket case possibly previously mentioned.
posted by countrymod at 1:45 PM on March 23, 2015

The Pi can run off a USB port for power, so just stuff it behind the TV.
posted by bricoleur at 3:46 PM on March 23, 2015 [1 favorite]

I've had problems with Pis drawing too much power for the TVs built in USB, so you may find you need to actually plug it in.

Pi's are also usually lighter than an HDMI cable, so I just coiled and ziptied the cable at the back, and left the Pi hanging out of sight. It's not particularly elegant, but no one sees it, and it's easy.
posted by Sleddog_Afterburn at 6:09 PM on March 23, 2015

« Older Car rental insurance in the UK (and paying US...   |   Cat Introductions, One Bedroom Apartment Edition Newer »
This thread is closed to new comments.