You're Doing It All Wrong
The TV setup mistake you might regretThe way you set up your home cinema equipment matters. Sharon Profis explains why on "You're Doing it All Wrong."
If you have stacks of set-top boxes in a closed TV cabinet, you're doing it all wrong. Putting all your devices away in a closed cabinet seems like a nice way to make your living room look less messy. But when you have things like a router, gaming consoles, cable box, and dvd player all hanging out in one cabinet, things can get steamy. Without proper air circulation those devices can overheat and eventually fry. Anyone who remembers the red ring of death knows this intimately. For starters, never ever stack your devices. No matter what kinda cabinet or tv stand you have, each device should stand alone. If you have a closed cabinet like this one, you have two options. The first is to remove the doors and go with an open style cabinet. Or for the do it yourself types, you can install a cooling fan. Some versions include a thermal controlled fan that turns on when the cabinet reaches a certain temperature. This way you can keep all of your devices hidden away without worrying about them overheating. And now you are doing it right.