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Where Do I Put My Cable Box?

Cable companies are the equivalent of sleazy politicians in the electronic services world. They cost a fortune, deliver unreliable service and insist on bringing unwanted nonsense into your home – and that includes a cable box. The dreaded cable box – an unsightly black wart on the otherwise acceptable complexion of your living room. It sprouts wires like a grotesque digital Medusa; ugly snakes that threaten to poison the beauty of your home. How do you stop the madness? Well … luckily you have several options. <ul style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>1.       </strong><strong>IR (Infrared) Extender    </strong></li> </ul> Okay, so at first blush this doesn’t look like a good answer, because it’s actually one more cable that you’re adding to the mess; however, it’s better than staring at the cable box. IR extenders come in varying lengths, although a common length is 12 feet. You can stash the cable box somewhere out of the way – even in another room or a closet – and plug the extender into it. The extender receiver is very small compared to the cable box, and your remote will be able to access the box through it once it’s mounted near (or even on) the TV. <ul style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>2.      </strong><strong>RF (Radio Frequency) Modulator</strong></li> </ul> These are arguably even better than IR extenders because they don’t add any more cables thanks to the magical powers of radio frequency. RF modulators let your remote communicate with the cable box via radio frequency, which means it will no longer require line of sight. Typically, a universal remote will have an RF setting that will allow you to control the cable box no matter where it sits once it’s outfitted with a modulator. <ul style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>3.      </strong><strong>Mount Wisely   </strong></li> </ul> Have you ever noticed how amazing TVs look in the store? One of the reasons is because they hide all the wires. But, when you get it home … wires. There are so many wires it starts to seem like that’s what you really bought – a big box of wires. The trick to avoiding disappointment is to know your limits and adjust your expectations. If you’re planning on mounting the TV on the wall, for instance, understand that you’ll have to put the wires in the wall to achieve the in-store look in addition to hiding the cable box. Or … <ul style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>4.      </strong><strong>TV Stands / Entertainment Furniture  </strong></li> </ul> The final alternative is to hide the hot mess in your entertainment design, and <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/tv-stands-entertainment-furniture_993.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">TV stands and entertainment centers</a> are one of the easiest ways to accomplish this. Many wall units allow you to achieve a wall-mounted look without having to actually dig into the walls, which is especially helpful for renters, while <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/tv-stands_1076.html" target="_blank">TV stands</a> provide a convenient storage area for components. It’s always tempting to use any old console, but the benefit of those designed for TVs is that they come with places for all those nasty wires. <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> is no fan of cable boxes or their troublesome wires and is happy to offer ways to camouflage the chaos. If you have other advice or recommendations on how to hide the black box, please feel free to share it!
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