It is common to mount the various circuit boards and controllers in plastic enclosures to protect them from exposure to the environment and things like rain, snow and insects. While most of the enclosures folks use are not truly "Waterproof" they are "Weatherproof". The following enclosures manage to keep the boards reasonably well protected. While some people go to various lengths to cover the enclosures by plastic bags or use rope caulk to make a better seal on the covers, most folks do not. These enclosures are originally designed for use in the telecommunications and the cable tv industry for mounting various equipment outside. The enclosures all have various height standoffs on the inside back wall to attach circuit boards to. The enclosures all have snap lock closures to keep the enclosures closed. Some of the enclosures also have recessed screw lock to make the enclosures more tamper proof. It is also possible to further secure the enclosures using plastic wire ties thru the slots on the doors.
There also many other alternative ways to mount your circuit boards in other types of enclosures.
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|TA-200||3.13” (7.95cm)||3.63” (9.22cm)||2.5” (6.35cm)|
|CG-500||6.5" (16.5cm)||8.0" (20.3cm)||2.75" (7.0cm)|
|CG-1000||9.00" (22.80cm)||9.00" (22.80cm)||3.00" (7.60cm)|
|CG-1500||12.25" (31.10cm)||12" (30.50cm)||5.25" (13.30cm)|
|CG-2000||13.0" (33.00cm)||9.0" (22.80cm)||3.0" (7.60cm)|
TA-200 (Terminal Access TA-200 Terminal Enclosure)
CG-500 (CableGuard 500 Coax Demarcation Enclosure)
Common usage: Simple Renard 32 Combo, Simple Renard 32 RGB+W DC Controller, RPM E1.31 To DMX Bridge
External Dimensions (HxWxD): 6.5" x 8.0" x 2.75" (16.5cm x 20.3cm x 7.0cm)
CG-1000 (CableGuard 1000 Coax Demarcation Enclosure
Common usage: Renard SS8 AC Controller, Renard SS16 AC Controller, Ren24HC AC Controller, Renard 48LSD DC Controller, Ren64 Controller, Helix Daughter Board
External Dimensions (HxWxD): 9.00" x 9.00" x 3.00" (22.80cm x 22.80cm x 7.60cm)
CG-1500 (CableGuard 1500 Coax Demarcation Enclosure)
Common usage: Similar to CG-1000, but box is larger. E680, E681, E682 Pixel Controllers, Various Power Supplies, Helix Main Board, Helix 32ch SSR Daughter Board
External Dimensions (HxWxD): 12.25" x 12" x 5.25" (31.10cm x 30.50cm x 13.30cm)
Note: In 2011 the mounting hole pattern in the CG-1500 changed to a new layout. The drawing below is the new hole pattern.
CG-2000 (CableGuard 2000 Coax Demarcation Enclosure)
The following vendors stock the enclosures listed above. They are also active participants of the DIYC community and can frequently be found in the Chat Room on the DIYC site.
DIY LED Express is run by user tjetzer (Todd)
WLC Venturesis run by user g2ktcf (Chris)
Another vendor that is not a DIYC member is DF Countryman. Call 612-724-4400 to order from Sales Manager Duke McNaughton
- Many of the boards and controllers are designed to mount in specific enclosure and have their holes partially or completely align with the built in standoff in the enclosures.
- It is also necessary or desirable to sometimes mount the board in different positions where the holes in the pcb does not align with the standoffs in the enclosure. It is common to use Nylon standoffs or small sections of plastic tubing to keep the boards away from the back of the enclosure. Frequently these standoffs are attached to the enclosure using adhesives like E6000, Epoxy or hot glue. Scuffing the smooth plastic enclosure before applying the adhesive will assist their holding power.
- Another common method to mount boards and controllers in an enclosure is to actually mount the pcb to a plastic or MDF board that is then attached to the enclosure. Low cost plastic cutting boards from a dollar store or a piece of lexan from a big box hardware store are also commonly used.
- It is also common to drill right thru the back of the enclosure to have screws provide standoffs. A small gasket or a dab of glue can also seal the holes from the weather.
Photos of Boards Mounted in enclosures
Bags over enclosures to keep dry
Sealing to prevent Leakage
Heater in an Enclosure for cold weather
Mounting a REN-W in a CG-2000 Enclosure