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Side installation of netPI
#1
Dear Armin,

Is it possible to install a netPI with the housing sideways?
(Is it okay to lay the netPI sideways?)
If possible, are there any mounting hardware options?
Because the netPI is not mounted with a DIN rail.

Moreover, is there any conditions such as installation space around a netPI for air cooling?

Thank you very much for your information.
Best regards,
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#2
Hi Tad,

the netPI does not need any specific installation direction since the housing does not have any cooling slots that usually need air flow. So you can install it horizontially or vertically. 

On the backside of netPI you see next to the DIN rail bracket also 4 screw holes. The idea of these 4 holes was indeed to use metallic wall mount brackets instead of single DIN rail bracket for fixing netPI. See the appended drawing. But there was no demand for this set of two brackets so far after 4 years of netPI. So I decided not to put is on sale and created no part number of it. The manufacturing costs are quite high per bracket which is $1 for each. And you would need two of them. Do you need such mounting alternative?

We have tested netPI in the climatic chamber alone while no other module mounted next to it left or right. So during this test the whole netPI housing was surrounded by air. The most heat is dissipated close to the CPU which is located on netPI's left side if the view angle is from the front. During the tests we did a maximum CPU load and maximum USB load to produce maximum heat inside the housing. The tests have shown that we have enough cooling reserve with the housing.

I personally see no problem if other heat producing devices are mounted adjacent left and right next to netPI. To be safe the best is to monitor the CPU temperature via netPI's web UI. A critical CPU temperature value is 80°C that should not be exceeded. All values below are uncritical.

Thx
Armin


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#3
Dear Armin,

Thank you very much for your information.
I am now asking a requester "2 brackets for wall mount" from Hilscher.
I will go back here after that.

Best regards,
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