This video follows on from the previous versions of the Pi Zero USB dongle I've shown you.

I decided to go a different route from the sliding dongle that I used last time, since it was a little fiddly to make, and not very robust.

This version is a lot simpler to make, and this time, the whole thing is contained inside a stealth 3D printed case, so at a glance it looks like a regular USB drive.

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- USB male breakout board
- M2.5 screws
- 2x M2.5 hex nuts
- 4 thin wires
- 3D printed case


Step 1. Print out the two halves of the case. You can find the 3D STL files on the NODE github page (

Step 2. Now we need to prepare the case. Take an M2.5 tap and tap all the holes on the case. I also countersunk the holes on the top half, so the screws would fit flush.

Step 3. We need the bottom of the USB breakout board to be flat, so take a file or some sanding paper and smooth out the underside.

Step 4. Screw the breakout board to the top half of the case.

Step 5. Now strip and tin the 4 thin wires, and solder them directly to the testpads underneath the Pi Zero. Refer to the diagram in the video for the correct pinout.

Step 6. Place the Pi Zero upside down in the lower case, making sure the micro SD card side is at the back, then add the top half, and screw it all together.

Finished. Now you're left with a stealth Pi Zero you can power directly from other computers, as well as SHH into it, and share network resources.

Remember that you'll need to manually set up the Pi Zero to work through the USB plug on both the Pi, and the host computer, so do your research because it's different depending on your setup.


So that is the updated version of the Pi Zero dongle. I've got a bunch of parts and will be making a batch of these for the shop soon, so look out for those. I'm also working on a HDMI version that you can plug straight into a TV or monitor so check back for that one too.

Alright, thanks for watching, and see you in the next video.