I've been using JimDrew
's simply fantastic WiModem w/OLED
display to feed my insatiable BBS appetite for several months now. I can't recommend it more highly for those that want a simple plug-and-play device that just works. At least, that's been my experience.
The Schema modem
which inspired the original post of this thread is good, but mine (at least on my network) was harder to hook up by quite a bit compared to JimDrew's (Jim's took, like, a couple minutes). And, once set, the Schema was often a bit flaky, too, just keeping its baud steady or overall lack of connecting to things like you'd expect. JimDrew's product also has the ability to update its firmware over-the-air - no USB cables, extra computer, etc. Just turn it on, and tell it do it's thing. Boom! Really nice and easy.
In any case, aesthetically the thing looks a bit like, well, a hunk of interesting techno stuff hanging out of the back of your C64. So, I went and got another 3D printed case
from the excellent folks at corei64
. I made sure to not
get the option with the WiFi symbol, as I made that mistake before and it's incredibly hard to sand around it.
Personally, I can't stand the way most 3D printed plastic pieces look. You get this rough, layered look due to the very nature of how the pieces are printed (a bit like a topographical map). The exception to the rule would be sweet pieces like the SCSI2SD V5 Bracket
by Maya Designs, which uses "nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel." I wish more places did this, frankly, as it looks so much better and requires no or almost no mods by the anal retentive like yours truly, But I digress.
I kept sanding. After a while, most of the flat surfaces were looking pretty good. I then used the same camo paint I used last time
, and a clear coat. The final product looks pretty decent as you'd expect.
I've attached a couple of pics with the finished product. I could have spent more time on it to look perfect, but I think this'll do for now. What do you think?