I was set this project in my second year at University. It was designed to encourage our own style, through leaving the materials choice open.
I chose to use an African hardwood called wenge (Pronounced "When-Gay") and to contrast it against sandblasted aluminium.
Your brief is to design a WiFi hub for use in the home, small office, shop or café. You will need to carefully consider the location and the visual style and taste of your target customer, and show how your design is visually appropriate. Your product will be visible, even prominent, and needs to be designed as such (don't design a hideaway product.) You will need to achieve a strong visual quality.
I aimed this product at small businesses who don’t need the expensive costs of an integrated networked system. The main unit consists of the router and its plug. The connections for LAN and the ADSL are situated on the plug, as shown below. There is also a USB port for connecting printers and hard drives. This then allows the people connected to the Wi-Fi to all print and store their data from one location.
There is also a booster unit available for extending the reach of the router to the hard to reach areas of the business. It works using existing technology, by amplifying the signal from the router. It also has an extra LAN connection to link to a computer for a better connection.
- If you have any questions on this project please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org