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= How to attach a serial port to the Kurbox/KuroboxHG =
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{{Brickable|Adding additional USB ports requires soldering onto the Kurobox main board and can cause catastrophic failure to the hardware.}}
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The performance and connectivity of the box is pretty limited with only one USB port out the back. Some of the boxes already have another connector on the front (CN8). With these instructions you can connect the front connector.  
 
The performance and connectivity of the box is pretty limited with only one USB port out the back. Some of the boxes already have another connector on the front (CN8). With these instructions you can connect the front connector.  
  
''' Please note the adding of additional USB ports requires soldering onto the main board of the Kurobox and can cause catastrophic failure to the hardware. You have been warned!!! '''
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== Add a Front USB Port ==
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Add a USB Type A connector indicated above to the front of the case by simply soldering it in. Such a connector can be had from several places, e.g. [http://www.digikey.com Digikey] part number AE1083
  
'''The circuit'''
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The circuits on the board already support this port as well as the back one.
  
The KuroBox, KuroBox/HG and LinkStation all use the NEC [http://www.necel.com/usb/ja/dir1/S16265EJ4V0DS00.pdf uPD720101GJ-UEN device] for USB support.  
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The [[Case|front bezel]] must be cutout to allow the USB connector to come out. The front bezel has a cutout on the back side where the front USB port matches up. cut from the back side using the existing cutout in the front bezel as a guide. An X-acto Knife or regular razor blade will work extremely well for this and will look great.
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This device has 5 ports each capable of high speed USB2.0 (480Mbit) connections.
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== Add the front USB port to your Kuro ==
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Another possible option is to purchase the [[KURO-BOX/PARTS]] kit, and use the Kurobox HG front bezel on your Kurobox.
Add a USB Type A connector indicated above to the front of the Box by simply soldering it in.
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Such a connector can be had from several places, e.g. [http://www.digikey.com Digikey] part number AE1083
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The circuits on the board already support this port as well as the back one.
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== Add Additional USB Ports ==
  
The front of the overlay must be cutout to allow the USB connector to come out. A nibbler works good for this. An Xacto Knife will also work but is more work, does not look as nice and is potentially more dangerous (be careful).
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'''For the really brave it is also possible to add more USB ports (the un-used ones on the NEC uPD720101). This requires more delicate soldering and should only be attempted for those with soldering skills !!'''
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== Add more USB ports to your Kuro ==
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=== The circuit ===
  '''For the really brave it is also possible to more USB ports (the un-used ones on the NEC uPD720101). This requires more, delicate soldering and should only be attempted for those with soldering skills !!'''
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=== Add an additional USB port at the back of your Kuro ===
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The KuroBox, KuroBox/HG and LinkStation all use the same [[USB Host Controller|NEC μPD720101GJ-UEN USB Host Controller]] for USB support, which has 5 ports, each capable of Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (480Mbit) connections.
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=== Additional USB Port in the Rear ===
  
 
This mod requires some very delicate soldering on the NEC device. Because the buffalo engineers already grounded the unused ports with 15k ohm resistors, connecting up another port is pretty simple.  
 
This mod requires some very delicate soldering on the NEC device. Because the buffalo engineers already grounded the unused ports with 15k ohm resistors, connecting up another port is pretty simple.  
Remove the USB connector from the back of the board. This connector will be replaced by a dual high USB connector, e.g. [http://www.digikey.com Digikey] part AE 106. It can also be installed on to the front of the board if one is not there.  
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Remove the USB connector from the back of the board. This connector will be replaced with a dual high USB connector, e.g. [http://www.digikey.com Digikey] part AE 106. the part that you remove can be installed on the front of the kuro if the front USB jumper has not been populated.  
  
 
The only additional parts required are two 36 ohm (0406 or similar) resistors and some wires to connect it up.  
 
The only additional parts required are two 36 ohm (0406 or similar) resistors and some wires to connect it up.  
  
 
This install uses port 5 of the USB device. Port 3 or 4 could have also been used.  
 
This install uses port 5 of the USB device. Port 3 or 4 could have also been used.  
# Remove the USB connector (CN7) from the back of the board.  
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# Remove the USB connector (CN7) from the back of the board (if you are careful you can use this connector for the front).  
# Install the new dual USB connector in its place. Cut off the back two tabs as they will interfere with some components on the PCB. There is still two tabs that are used to hold the connector in. Short pin 1 from the top port and bottom port together and insert into the hole. This is the ground connection. Short pin 4 from the top port and bottom port together and insert into the hole. This is the +5V connection. Bend pin 2 (P) and 3 (M) of the top port so it can be wired to later. Solder the connector in after you are sure it is straight and does not short anything out.  
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# Install the new dual USB connector in its place. Cut off the back two tabs as they will interfere with some components on the PCB. There are still two tabs that are used to hold the connector in place. Short pin 1 from the top port and bottom port together and insert into the hole. This is the ground connection. Short pin 4 from the top port and bottom port together and insert into the hole. This is the +5V connection. Bend pin 2 (P) and 3 (M) of the top port so it can be wired to later. Solder the connector in after you are sure it is straight and does not short anything out.  
# Solder a 36 ohm smt resistor to the resistor connecting to U20 pin 141 (DP5). Point this resistor straight up. Now solder a wire to the top of the 36 ohm resistor to U20 pin 142 (RSDP5).  
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# Solder a 36 ohm smt resistor to the resistor connecting to U20 (the Kuro Standard label for this device is IC20) pin 141 (DP5). Point this resistor straight up. Now solder a wire to the top of the 36 ohm resistor to U20 (IC20) pin 142 (RSDP5).  
# Solder a 36 ohm smt resistor to the resistor connecting to U20 pin 139 (DM5). Point this resistor straight up. Now solder a wire to the top of the 36 ohm resistor to U20 pin 138 (RSDM5).  
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# Solder a 36 ohm smt resistor to the resistor connecting to U20 (IC20) pin 139 (DM5). Point this resistor straight up. Now solder a wire to the top of the 36 ohm resistor to U20 (IC20) pin 138 (RSDM5).  
# Use some twisted wire to connect U20 pin 141 (DP5) to pin 2 of the top USB connector. Connecting at the two resistors will be the easiest. These wires will wrap around the corner of the board to get to the top.  
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# Use some twisted wire to connect U20 (IC20) pin 141 (DP5) to pin 2 of the top USB connector. Connecting at the two resistors will be the easiest. These wires will wrap around the corner of the board to get to the top.  
# The other of the twisted wire is connected to U20 pin 139 (DM5) to pin 3 of the top USB connector. Connecting at the two resistors will be the easiest.  
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# The other of the twisted wire is connected to U20 (IC20) pin 139 (DM5) to pin 3 of the top USB connector. Connecting at the two resistors will be the easiest.  
The back plate must be cutout to allow the larger USB connector to come out. An Xacto Knife will work and is potentially dangerous (be careful).  
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The back plate must be cutout to allow the larger USB connector to come out. An Xacto Knife will work and is potentially dangerous (be careful).
  
=== Add additional USB ports at the front of your Kuro ===
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=== Additional USB Port in the Front ===
  
 
So replacing or installing a dual USB connector onto the front of the board adds one or two additional USB ports. This would hook to another of the unused ports (3 or 4) on the NEC device. The data sheet should show the correct pin numbers. Use the same instructions for the front USB port as was used on the back.  
 
So replacing or installing a dual USB connector onto the front of the board adds one or two additional USB ports. This would hook to another of the unused ports (3 or 4) on the NEC device. The data sheet should show the correct pin numbers. Use the same instructions for the front USB port as was used on the back.  
  
The front of the overlay must be cutout to allow the USB connector to come out. A nibbler works good for this. An Xacto Knife will also work but is more work, does not look as nice and is potentially more dangerous (be careful).  
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The front of the overlay must be cutout to allow the USB connector to come out. A nibbler works good for this. An X-acto Knife will also work but is more work, does not look as nice and is potentially more dangerous (be careful!).  
 
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'''Based on information from R. Obermeyer''''
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[[Category:HowTo]]
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'''Based on information from R. Obermeyer'''
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Latest revision as of 00:14, 13 July 2007

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WARNING!

There is a possibility that you could brick your NAS with these instructions. Please make sure that you read the entire page carefully. Adding additional USB ports requires soldering onto the Kurobox main board and can cause catastrophic failure to the hardware.

The performance and connectivity of the box is pretty limited with only one USB port out the back. Some of the boxes already have another connector on the front (CN8). With these instructions you can connect the front connector.

Contents

Add a Front USB Port

Add a USB Type A connector indicated above to the front of the case by simply soldering it in. Such a connector can be had from several places, e.g. Digikey part number AE1083

The circuits on the board already support this port as well as the back one.

The front bezel must be cutout to allow the USB connector to come out. The front bezel has a cutout on the back side where the front USB port matches up. cut from the back side using the existing cutout in the front bezel as a guide. An X-acto Knife or regular razor blade will work extremely well for this and will look great.

Another possible option is to purchase the KURO-BOX/PARTS kit, and use the Kurobox HG front bezel on your Kurobox.

Add Additional USB Ports

For the really brave it is also possible to add more USB ports (the un-used ones on the NEC uPD720101). This requires more delicate soldering and should only be attempted for those with soldering skills !!

The circuit

The KuroBox, KuroBox/HG and LinkStation all use the same NEC μPD720101GJ-UEN USB Host Controller for USB support, which has 5 ports, each capable of Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (480Mbit) connections.

Additional USB Port in the Rear

This mod requires some very delicate soldering on the NEC device. Because the buffalo engineers already grounded the unused ports with 15k ohm resistors, connecting up another port is pretty simple. Remove the USB connector from the back of the board. This connector will be replaced with a dual high USB connector, e.g. Digikey part AE 106. the part that you remove can be installed on the front of the kuro if the front USB jumper has not been populated.

The only additional parts required are two 36 ohm (0406 or similar) resistors and some wires to connect it up.

This install uses port 5 of the USB device. Port 3 or 4 could have also been used.

  1. Remove the USB connector (CN7) from the back of the board (if you are careful you can use this connector for the front).
  2. Install the new dual USB connector in its place. Cut off the back two tabs as they will interfere with some components on the PCB. There are still two tabs that are used to hold the connector in place. Short pin 1 from the top port and bottom port together and insert into the hole. This is the ground connection. Short pin 4 from the top port and bottom port together and insert into the hole. This is the +5V connection. Bend pin 2 (P) and 3 (M) of the top port so it can be wired to later. Solder the connector in after you are sure it is straight and does not short anything out.
  3. Solder a 36 ohm smt resistor to the resistor connecting to U20 (the Kuro Standard label for this device is IC20) pin 141 (DP5). Point this resistor straight up. Now solder a wire to the top of the 36 ohm resistor to U20 (IC20) pin 142 (RSDP5).
  4. Solder a 36 ohm smt resistor to the resistor connecting to U20 (IC20) pin 139 (DM5). Point this resistor straight up. Now solder a wire to the top of the 36 ohm resistor to U20 (IC20) pin 138 (RSDM5).
  5. Use some twisted wire to connect U20 (IC20) pin 141 (DP5) to pin 2 of the top USB connector. Connecting at the two resistors will be the easiest. These wires will wrap around the corner of the board to get to the top.
  6. The other of the twisted wire is connected to U20 (IC20) pin 139 (DM5) to pin 3 of the top USB connector. Connecting at the two resistors will be the easiest.

The back plate must be cutout to allow the larger USB connector to come out. An Xacto Knife will work and is potentially dangerous (be careful).

Additional USB Port in the Front

So replacing or installing a dual USB connector onto the front of the board adds one or two additional USB ports. This would hook to another of the unused ports (3 or 4) on the NEC device. The data sheet should show the correct pin numbers. Use the same instructions for the front USB port as was used on the back.

The front of the overlay must be cutout to allow the USB connector to come out. A nibbler works good for this. An X-acto Knife will also work but is more work, does not look as nice and is potentially more dangerous (be careful!).

Based on information from R. Obermeyer