I am in the process of placing a 32" LCD in the bedroom.
I will have to open up a section of the drywall in order to feed the 110V and the Cable line up to the TV which I am going to be wall mounting.
There is no room for the Cable box to be placed on a rack or shelf as there is no room.
Has anyone placed the cable box inside the walls and used a IR extender on the TV?
I am wondering how well this works if so and if there is adequate ventilation. I will be using a 3250HD box from Rogers and will leave the section of drywall directly behind the televison open...
Looking for some thoughts, Am I missing anything?
P.S. The wife doesn't want to see a box at all, I also mentioned building a shelf near the ceiling to hold to Cable Box but that was promptly rejected...
Thanks in advance.
2007-11-26, 12:41 PM
I coudn't even place my 3250 Hd box in my wall unit in my rec room. It would just get too hot and start freezing. I ended up taking it out of the wall unit and placing it on top of the TV (on a CRT RPTV). Now that I have my Home theater in my bedroom I have wall mounted my Plasma and bought 20 foot HDMI and component cables and have placed all my external devices in a stand on the other side of the room.
There certainly are IR extenders - discussed in this forum quite a bit. Search for "extender*"?
If you hide the unit, you need to give it ventillation. If it's enclosed completely you'll needs holes in the enclosure and a fan. If it's simply sitting on a shelf in another room and the unit is open above, then it should be OK.
2007-11-26, 01:04 PM
The HotLink Pro is a great extender. I tried cheaper devices with no luck. Your STB gives off too much heat to be enclosed (ie behind doors) w/o mechanical ventillation.
Well the bathroom sink / cabinets are on the other side of the wall. I may try to place the unit in there, and run a wired Scientific Atlantic IR Extender through the wall on the other side. I believe the cabinet under the sink should be large enough to prevent overheating. 3' wide x 3' deep x '3' tall
Thanks everyone for the input. Other option is to leave in the wall and then put a ventilated register at the top near the ceiling but turning that thing on and off all the time will quickly become an annoyance.
2007-11-26, 03:09 PM
I leave my ventilation fan on all the time....the STB pretty much produces the same amount of heat whether its on or off.
2007-11-29, 06:21 PM
Placing the STB inside the wall sounds like a very bad idea to me. These units typically run hot and this would represent a real fire hazard. I have no idea what the building codes are in Canada but I am sure this would be "way outside" of acceptable. Heck, here you technically should not run the TV power cord through the wall! I suppose you might be improving the safety factor with mechanical ventilation but I think there are probably better, safer options, running longer cables.
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2007-11-29, 07:16 PM
I haven't heard of Rogers STB's catching fire, but I have heard or expressvu 4100's catching fire, so I wouldn't put it in the wall
2007-11-29, 10:42 PM
I have thought about your situation a little more. I suppose if you are talking about making a recessed metal cabinet in the wall with good ventilation, this might be a workable solution. I am not an electrician but I would definitely run any plan like this by a qualified electrician to make sure it is safe.
I did stay in a condo once where the cable box was mounted to the back of the plasma panel itself. The plasma was mounted on a cantilevered swing-out mount, so it was not flush to the wall. It probably was a commercial PDP and whether you could actually mount this particular STB to your LCD panel is another question. You would lose the flush picture-like mount I envision you are planning with your flat panel but there may be some permutation of this plan that could work for you.
Good luck on your installation and be safe!