Raspberry PI 4B case with SSD support

Well hi there, small world!
Yeah, the earlier component is really just to expose the fan to Home Assistant and let users decide how they want to go about running it, yours really packs in all the logic into a neat package to run it nice and quietly in the background without much effort to onboard.
I can appreciate both approaches, but I think yours is easily the best for beginners, since the other requires creating a custom component or using HACS.
If only we could get a way to enable i2c from the user interface…

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Good Idea. I’m working on it now. Just need to fix up the graphics and publish to GitHub. I’ll let you know when it’s ready.

Your wish is my command!

This will make enabling I2C easy

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h-omg! Ma friend, you are too good to be true!

Gonna have to write like a quarter of my walk-through out and just have it point at you :stuck_out_tongue:

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im not sure if it´s allowed here, but the Argon Case at the moment is on sale for 24 € at csv.de
Shipping is 5 €, so I guess it´s quite a good deal :wink:

This is the old case without the SSD bottom.
Nevertheless, it can be ordered seperatly, but this isn’t cheaper.
Old case:
Micro HDMI
Slot for SD card in the front
SSD housings beeds to be buyed extra

New case:
Fullsize HDMI
Missing Slot for SD card
SSD mounting included
Jumper for always on or not (after power loss)

So, I will test SSD booting withe the old Argon case and the SSD expansion. Sending everything back and ordering new is too much hassle.

Edit 2:
If anyone is wondering how to flash to the M2:
Simply connect the USB Port on the case (that with the M2 card in) to your Computer. A USB A to USB A is needed.

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If you decide to redo the I2C portion of your reveiw, please use the thread link. You can also link to the repo, but I prefer the thread.

New I2C project thread: HassOS I2C Configurator

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I added support for DeskPi Pro Case Here.

My addon will perform Active Cooling control, and enable the front USB ports on the device!

Just a bit of an update. The DeskPi runs quieter, and cooler than the Argon One. The Argon One has tiny vents and makes a lot of noise while sucking air through them. The DeskPi has large vents, larger surface area, and a larger internal volume which contributes to, not only lower fan volume volume, but overall cooler temperatures. The Argon One case tends to feel warm to the touch, the DeskPi feels cool.

This is after 2 months of use with 1 DeskPi Pro, and 1 ArgonOne M.2 (v1) for development purposes, and 1 ArgonOne M.2 (v2) for production purposes.

The primary advantage of ArgonOne is the ArgonOne M.2 (V2) has always-on capabilities. The DeskPi Pro and Argon One (v1) units require pressing the power button after power loss. For this reason, my production machine is the ArgonOne M.2 (V2).

Hi adamoutler
Are there any recent changes regarding the power button on the deskpi pro case
Does it still lack a auto on function

No update. Sorry.

I checked github and found nothing, so I raised an issue https://github.com/DeskPi-Team/deskpi/issues/37

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Hey, if you’re brave, I came up with a jumper which through imperial evidence works. Not sure if it will work forever, but no risk no reward, huh? I’ll leave it running and let you know. My DeskPi Pro is curently always on.

I’ll keep you guys updated. If this works, the DeskPi Pro is easily the best case for Home Assistant with Raspberry Pi. Far superior to Argon One.

This unit will run HA non-stop until It dies. I 1/2 expect it to die. But if its still running in a month, or I can get confirmation from the OEM, then we have a winner.


hey Adam,

is he still alive?

thanks for your Add-on!

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yes we need an update

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This has been running for over a year now without problems. Seems like a good hardware mod.

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yes, thats the best case for a Pi4…i am on NUC8 since 6 months, and what a beast for HA, so responsive, no more problem with my 50 wifi sensors under Esphome, my cameras, and all my 70 Zigbee sensors…

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Is there a how to for setting up home assistant on the deskpi pro v2 with SSD?

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Just install HA without regard to the Deskpi Pro V2, then build it. I have two Deskpi Pro V2, one with HA and one just a development pi. I had installed HA on an SD card already and backed it up.

When I went to DeskPi, I used Pi imager to create an HA image on to the SSD. Installed it in the DeskPi case, booted it, and restored my HA backup onto it. Thats it.

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2-years, on a V1 unit. Always-on just works.

Same since July 2022

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