In order to use my computer, I hardwire my iphone to use as a hot spot. I could connect it wirelessly, but in certain spots the connection will drop. Hardwiring guarantees a strong connection. I would place the phone on my lap while using so I wouldn't drop it or lose it. My lap is all I have as a desk when I'm on the bus. I had an idea and decided to just do it. I don't know if anyone else has done this or if there is already a product on the market out there like this. So, I may have possibly just created a new thing for computer users like me.
I wanted to find a way to securely attach my phone to my laptop so I could just pick up and go without worrying about where my phone was. I took my armband phone holder which I never used. Why? Because the pocket was too small to fit my iphone and case inside. The iphone had to be "naked". I'm not skinny. So the armband was a little tight on my arm. And, when I was going to the gym, I never needed to listen to music. The music blasting over the speakers was loud enough. I never took it running around the neighborhood because I hate running unless its to chase a bus.
So, I cut the phone holder off of the armband. I then cut the velcro pieces off the band as well. I used the small velcro piece to attach to the back of the phone holder. I used Aleene's Permanent Fusion fabric glue. Because the fabric is neoprene (wetsuit type material), I used a lot of glue and it took a while for it to bond. I wasn't sure if it would hold so I hand stitched the velcro piece on as well.
The opposite portion of the velcro was stitched onto that thick neoprene armband and I was concerned that the glue wouldn't hold if I affixed it to my Macally laptop cover via glue only. So, I bought some adhesive backed velcro strips. That also took about a full day to fully set and hold strong on the cover.
Because this case was meant for an Ipod, not an iphone 5, the holes for wires were only on the corners. I cut a small slit at the bottom in the center for my charger/usb connection and voila! I've made my own hotspot commuter case for my macbook! Now, I can work up until my stop without worrying about gathering my things. I just close the case and go. Woo hoo!
The velcro strips I bought was about 18" long and I cut it to my desired length. When you do this, the little fibers come loose. I used regular white school glue on the edges to keep it from fraying. The little frayed pieces looked pretty funky on my desk. LOL! I won't say it. One more thing, because this was an armband for "running", the border of the case is reflective. Safety first!
Let me know what you think!