Enterprising geeks lash together a DIY Star Trek access point

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Networking equipment design has never been very exciting, at least not from the outside. Apparently some Redditors agree, and to solve the problem, they built a wireless access point that looks like the Starship Enterprise NCC 1701.

Well, sort of. They actually stripped the guts out of an existing access point (one we don’t get here in South Africa, the Ubiquity AP indoor 802.11n access point) and embedded everything inside a model of the Enterprise from the original series.

The results are nothing short of stunning; it helps that the Unifi AP’s original casing is disc-like.

Christoph Kauch and Rol Schwarz are the two enterprising Star Trek/WiFi fans, and not only did they build the access point themselves, they created a video of the entire process. Take a look:

They even managed to build an Ethernet port into the model’s base for easy access. Genius.

This is a fantastic idea, and one that can be applied to any kind of plastic model that has enough space inside for the relevant components.

So now, if you ever look at your home router or access point and think “That’s so dull”, you know how to solve the problem.

Good job, guys!

[Source – Reddit]

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.