I travel frequently for work and are often away for long periods of time with limited internet connectivity, in countries with restricted internet access. I therefore wanted to have a plug-and-play solution, that would work regardless of where I was, and what internet connection was available (wired, wireless or mobile). As I tend to work in remote locations, having the possibility of connecting external antennas (such as the Poynting XPOL-2) is a must-have.
Additionally, I wanted to have a portable media server, as well as a backup solution for pictures, videos and other files from my phone/tablet/laptop without having to resort to cloud-based services, as the connectivity is often very slow, and often paid for by the GB.
A Dremel was used to cut the holes required to the OLED screen and the SIM card slot. The easiest place to mount them are on the front bezel, as this still allows for opening the chassis for maintenance or any changes.
Fig: Screen customized with info, will use it to show VPN status, still fine-tuning the script. LED usage: Left (Power indicator), Mid (LAN activity), Right (VPN activity)