Saturday, November 6, 2010

iTunes Gift Card Giveaway!

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

NES Cartridge Wireless Router

Check out our store to where you can purchase an NES Cartridge T Shirt!!! 

step 1Materials and Tools Needed

NES Cartridge
Preferably a common game

Belkin Wireless G Router 
Model: F5D7230-4

Gamebit (3.8mm) or Flathead Screwdriver
Dependent on cartridge type

Soldering Iron
Low-heat soldering iron is recommended


Thin Wire

Razor Blade

Desoldering Iron (Optional)

Desoldering Braid (Optional)

Pliers (Optional)

step 2Disassembling the Game Cartridge

First, identify the type of NES cartridge you have and acquire the appropriate screwdriver. One variation uses five flathead screws to hold the cartridge together, while the other variant uses three 3.8mm gamebit screws as well as two plastic tabs.

Now, remove the screws using the correct tools based on your cartridge type. Once the screws are removed, the cartridge can then be easily halved. After the housing has been dismantled, remove and discard of the game's motherboard as this will not be needed.

step 3Disassembling the Belkin Wireless Router

Remove the two screws veiled beneath the information label on the bottom of the device. Refer to the image for screw locations if any complication may arise. Remove the screws adhering the router's mainboard to the casing. This should be rather simple.

step 4
Preparing the Cartridge

You may find that the router's mainboard will not fit into the cartridge for quite a few reasons. The main problems lie with the unneeded plastic inside the cartridge. Specifically the long horizontal beams, the assembly holding the game board in position, and the vertical screw threading cylinder on the front half of the cartridge. Use your dermal, razor, or wire cutters to remove these cleanly. 

step 5
Rewiring the Capacitors

Try fitting the board in and you'll find the capacitors cause the housing to not close properly. These must be removed and rewired. Use either your desoldering braid or desoldering iron to remove the solder connecting the capacitors to the mainboard. Remove the three capacitors, labeled in the image, and resolder them with your wire. 

step 6Create Label for Cartridge

Now you can create a custom made label for the cartridge. We decided to go with a retro, Nintendo-style label for our router. 

Final Result!

Thanks Engadget, LifeHacker, JoystiqInstructables, Kotaku, Go Nintendo!, Reddit, Digg, Gadgesteria, GeekThugRadio, DCEmu, FeedTheGamer, Blodic, Crunchdot, and many others, for posting this! I really appreciate it!

Special Thanks to Scott Williamson, Veronica Stanley, & Ashley Adkins!