Housing for Z-Uno Shield

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What housing would you buy together with this shield?

Without any housing - I can buy/print the housing myself
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DIN-rail Gainta ​D4MG http://www.gainta.com/en/d4mg.html
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Sealed enclosure (IP65) Gainta ​G2104 55mm height http://www.gainta.com/en/g2104.html
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Sealed enclosure (IP65) Gainta ​G2104C 55mm height with clear lid http://www.gainta.com/en/g2104c.html
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Sealed enclosure (IP65) Gainta ​G2105 85mm height http://www.gainta.com/en/g2105.html
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Sealed enclosure (IP65) Gainta ​G2105C 85mm height with clear lid http://www.gainta.com/en/g2105c.html
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Enclosure with flanges Gainta NUB1057020WH http://www.gainta.com/en/nub1057020wh.html
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Enclosure with flanges Gainta NUB1057035WH http://www.gainta.com/en/nub1057035wh.html
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Enclosure with flanges Gainta NUB1057050WH http://www.gainta.com/en/nub1057050wh.html
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Other enclosure from series NUB10570XXCC (XX-height, СС-color) http://www.gainta.com/en/plastic_case_w ... e-flanges/
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PoltoS
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Housing for Z-Uno Shield

Post by PoltoS » 21 Apr 2018 17:50

Hello!

We need your opinion about our new Z-Uno Shield. What housing would you buy together with this shield?

More details on the shield itself is available here: https://forum.z-wave.me/viewtopic.php?f ... 354#p73648

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Re: Housing for Z-Uno Shield

Post by perjar » 24 Apr 2018 13:45

I am using this one:
https://www.conrad.com/ce/en/product/12 ... -201C-1-St

It fits the Z-Uno plus a small USB power supply.

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Re: Housing for Z-Uno Shield

Post by PoltoS » 24 Apr 2018 14:41

This is also Gainta. On the picture it is 212 (http://www.gainta.com/en/g212.html) and 201 (http://www.gainta.com/en/g201.html).

The only reason why we use the three casings above is that we fit with holes in those cases.

Are you interested in such a Shield? Would one of those casings fit your requirements?

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Re: Housing for Z-Uno Shield

Post by perjar » 24 Apr 2018 16:37

On a similar topic: A Z-Uno without headers would fit into an even smaller box. A bit like this: https://www.adafruit.com/product/2000

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Re: Housing for Z-Uno Shield

Post by perjar » 07 May 2018 16:27

I am taking the opportunity to ask the forum if anyone has tried to put the Z-Uno inside a metal enclosure.

How does aluminium or other metal affect the z-wave network range?

Here is one in aluminium as an example: https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/general- ... s/5287044/

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Re: Housing for Z-Uno Shield

Post by PoltoS » 08 May 2018 14:30

Dramatically ;) Coverage should be around half a meter.

Solder a u.fl and remove the original antenna. This will allow you to attach a normal λ/2 or λ/4 antenna

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Re: Housing for Z-Uno Shield

Post by perjar » 24 May 2018 15:57

Thanks, makes sense that the signal is blocked quite severly.

Forgive my ignorance when it comes to antennas. For the European freqency (868,4 MHz) it would mean a 17,3 or 8,6 cm antenna I think. Would it work if I just connect a cable between the antenna socket on the Z-Uno board and the metal enclosure? Would the enclosure have to have a length of
λ/2 or λ/4 for this to work? :?:

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Re: Housing for Z-Uno Shield

Post by PoltoS » 26 May 2018 00:04

I strongly soggest you to remove the antenna from Z-Uno and solder the u.fl connector. Once done, you can use standard u.fl to SMA cables and use a nice λ/4 SMA antenna. Also keep in mind that if you connect the enclosure to GND, the antenna will work even better (this is done if you install your SMA connector right in the metallic enclosure - the outer part of SMA connector is GND

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