Normally I’d spend the time, visit Jaycar, pickup some switches and a box and learn to do this myself. But sometimes time is short 😛 … Sooo instead, I just picked this Button Box off Ebay. Trusted ole Ebay! – There are some pretty cool switches online anyway, depending how much you’d like to spend. You can easily spend anywhere between $50 to $300 depending on the quality etc.
I figured at some point when I replace my existing stock T500RS wheel, I’m going to miss the buttons. Unless I plan on designing a full blown wheel with it’s own button’s somehow wired through to the T500RS Base. A job for another day!
So after a quick search online I found a local retailer that stocked these little boxes. Pretty straight forward to setup.
It turned out to be “Okay” quality, but the button’s and switches turned out to be pretty ordinary. However, I could always just replace them.
So I thought I’d take a peak inside to see what this thing is all about!
Turn’s out it’s just a basic USB gamepad controller wired to a bunch of switches, eh, what else did I expect? 😛
So to get this thing mounted, all I needed was two L shaped bracket’s from Bunnin’s and a little builders adhesive. I screwed both L brackets, one to the side and one to the back of the box. Otherwise the box felt too flimsy with just one, especially when pushing buttons. I simply used building adhesive to hold the screws from the other side, nothing fancy. Oh, and some black paint to touch up the brackets
Finally I ran the USB cable down the back of the T500RS base and tucked it away with the other cables.
Here are a few pic’s of the box mounted and in-game 😀