Once you have all those wires hidden you still have your components that need an IR signal. There are plenty of solutions for this, many that are high dollar and fancy that I have willingly employed throughout other rooms in my house where the application fits. But for this application, my bedroom, there are only a few components that need to be hidden and only a dresser to hide them behind.
I will show you how I concealed my Apple TV and cable box. And in the case of my cable box, worked around how to maintain IR control.
Step 1: Hang Your Beautiful TV on Your Wall
Step 2: Strange Your Components
Step 3: Mount Your Components
Given that I had a dresser right below the TV, already covering where the cables came out near the baseboard, why not hide them there?
I thought of putting them in a drawer, but didn't want to sacrifice storage. Plus, then the IR signal wouldn't be able to get there without a repeater. More cost, more wires!
I thought of mounting them in the room behind the TV, but that common wall wasn't well suited for the purpose. Once again, IR repeated needed.
I finally settled on mounting them to the back of the dresser. Easy solution and they are thin enough components to not have the dresser stick out more that two inches.
A few measurements later I went to the garage and started creating my "brackets". A few thoughts/recommendations here.
- I settled on using peg board. I had scrap laying around and thought the perforations would help with airflow.
- Look carefully where your cables plug in. Don't block any cable ports needed with your mounting hardware.
- Measure twice, cut once. Always saves frustration.
15 minutes later I had mounting brackets that held my components perfectly. The cable box and Apply TV now sit just behind the dresser and can't be seen from the front, and not really from the side either. The tops with their IR receivers sit just a hair below the top surface level of the dresser.
Step 4: Looks So Much Better! But Does It Work?
Apple TV - check. This device works great with just pointing the remote at the TV and the signals bounce down to the box just fine. Nice!
- Cable Box - blah. The cable box is super sensitive to getting an IR signal head on apparently. So this got me thinking. What is a simple solution to improve the IR reception?!?
Step 5: The IR Periscope!
This is simply just two quarter circles with radii of approximately 1 inch. A piece of paper 1 inch wide with a length equal to the circumference of the quarter circles. (2*pi*R*0.25) for those of you that didn't pay attention in school.
Slap some tape on it as shown to create the rounded hood shape. The take your small piece of aluminum foil and tape it inside alone the curved piece leaving the shiniest side exposed.
Tape this over the IR receiver of your component and BAM! Custom solution that is far cheaper and more effective than anything sold commercially.
Step 6: Finished
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