Attach my ‘Virgin Media SuperHub 3’ DOCSIS modem to the wall without admitting defeat and simply installing a horizontal shelf for it to sit on.
The Wordy Intro
Whilst the physical design of the Virgin Media Super Hub is reasonably attractive, upon closer inspection it quickly becomes apparent that the geometry of the box makes it difficult to to mount onto the wall without using a shelf or bottom support.
I freely admit that I have placed several additional unnecessary design requirement hurdles in front of me while attempting to address this problem, but that is half the fun!
I spent a fair bit of one-on-one time with Fusion 360 and threw together several possible bracket strategies of how to fix this plastic box to the wall without glue, modifying the Super Hub box in any way, ideally avoiding ugly retainer bracketry that would be running along the outside of the Super Hub.
A few Design Possibilities
Design B was monstrously over engineered, this design was potentially going to make use of M5 nuts and bolts to exert an expansionary force into the four corners of the Super Hub.
Printed a few test pieces.
After offering the printed parts up to the Virgin Media box, It quickly became apparent that while the expansion bolt idea might work, there was an elegant much more simple alternative available to me.
I changed tack and started working on a design that would allow me to friction fit (wedge) the corner bracket into the gap between the outer plastic surround and inner plastic plate.
This idea worked nicely, the tension provided by wedging a shim of plastic into the gap on each corner provided enough force to hold the box up on the wall.
I will take 4x please.
If you would like to replicate this solution for your own nest, you can download the STL files and print your own.
Download the drill holes template, just in case you do download the STLs.