Button Box

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Gareth Smith, Jan 7, 2016.

  1. Gareth Smith

    Gareth Smith Well-Known Member

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    Hi all, I've starting looking for a button box and found only a few companies offering them. Derek Speare Designs, Sim Racing Hardware and BBJ Sim Racing from eBay. Any others I'm missing? Does anyone here make them to order by any chance? I've been using a software based button box on my iPhone but it's just not cutting it for me.

    Thanks!
     
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    M D Gourley Well-Known Member

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  4. le_poilu

    le_poilu Well-Known Member

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    DSD owner too, I looked to make my own box before but DSD prices are on the right spot if you want something with great built quality.
    I wasn't able to make better than the 100$ price of my DSD csw panel.. While you need some usb controller with room to wire the buttons.. And only this cost 1/3 of the price, or more!! (like the Leo Bodnar in the DSD box... And many other)

    The good thing is that not all of the function of the controller are used for the box I bought, so if I want I'll be able to make a DIY extension, wired to the controller of the DSD one.
     
  5. Gareth Smith

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    Thanks everyone, I have considered making my own but for the DSD prices doesn't make it worthwhile like le_poilu says and it just won't look anywhere near as good as the DSD. I will keep looking but the DSD P2 is very tempting right now.
     
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    i have had an SRH dashboard for my t300 (actually i still have it on sale...), and i have to say it is very professional, looks great. but it is a bit expensive (it was around 360 euros). Unfortunately the frame was only compatible with t300/tx (you have to order it for your wheel) so i couldn't carry on with when i switched to fanatec. i tried to order the frame separately from srh for the fanatec version, but they said it is too complicated to rebuild it so they refused to sell me one. ( im a car mechanic so probably i could manage with that...., but whatever, i couldn't force them...). so i moved, on an ordered one from DSD for the v2 base. Quality is same, im very satisfied with this one as well. Only thing i liked a bit more on the srh, is the little bit angled frame, so the buttons and switches facing a bit toward the driver instead just facing forward.
     

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  8. Gareth Smith

    Gareth Smith Well-Known Member

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    Those SRH dashboards are pretty sweet, unfortunately for the T500 you have to remove the paddles and I already sold my GTE wheel with paddles.
     
  9. Fleskebacon

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    I used a Zero Delay USB encoder, primarily intended for arcade machine DIY, for my button box. The controller is less than $10 on ebay, and a plastic case for electronics projects and some buttons cost only nickels and dimes from the great China, also on ebay. Or from a local electronics store. Cables are included with the encoder.

    The entire project Cost me less than $25 and two hours of pleasure. :)

    Granted, the encoder only has like 16 inputs, but for a simple button box that's probably enough.
     
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  10. Not Lifting Off

    Not Lifting Off Well-Known Member

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    Doing exactly the same myself, waiting on buttons, the usb controller, buttons and box cost approx 10ukp.
    With the usb controller you get wires to wire 12 buttons but room for at least another 4 if you count u\d\l\r and a 6ft usb cable, its plug and play so shows in windows as a usb game controller 6.50ukp box 100x60mm .99uk this box is the perfect size to have stuck on the side of the g25 buttons casing, various buttons and switches from .99uk for 10, yes all from China, slow delivery times but cheap and easy.
     
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  11. Gopher04

    Gopher04 Well-Known Member

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    I have a DS button box, and have never used it, it was plugged in once just to make sure it worked, and never even had it mounted or used again, it's open for offer's if anyone is interested, even have a spare lead I can chuck in.
     
  12. Gareth Smith

    Gareth Smith Well-Known Member

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    Which one is it mate and can you upload a pic?
    Thanks.
     
  13. Gopher04

    Gopher04 Well-Known Member

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    Sure, its the P1..
     

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  14. Gareth Smith

    Gareth Smith Well-Known Member

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    It's been a pleasure doing business with you mate! Thanks again.
     
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  15. Gopher04

    Gopher04 Well-Known Member

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    Same to you as well, you have new message.
     
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  16. Gopher04

    Gopher04 Well-Known Member

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    By the way guys if anyone is interested in a Formula Ferrari addon wheel for the Thrustmaster base's let me know, it's about 15 months old, used for about 1 month perfect working order, collecting dust on the shelf, have 2 new spare paddle switches that will go with it, doesn't have the original box but will be well packaged, anyone interested make me a offer.
     
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    So this came today... and I spent the afternoon farting about with labels instead of working! Only issue now is I can't take my eyes off of it... very happy chappy. Thanks again Gopher04
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  18. MAARTENSWESIM

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    I also got the Derek Spere Designs P1 buttonbox. It's really well made. Only one this buggers me a little, the big red button with DSD is turning around by itself with the vibrations.
     
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