So I have my man cave looking pretty good, what with the arcade and all, and I knew that I wanted to have a flat screen mounted on one of the walls downstairs. There was one wall that I had in mind as it was adjacent to a small closet. My end goal for the whole project was to have a clean looking flat screen mounted, with all my current consoles hooked up, as well as my media server. I like the idea of having a TV mounted to the wall with nothing showing around it, but all this great entertainment coming from it.
So here is the initial setup of the TV. As you can see I have a drop ceiling in the basement, and also the power and coaxial cable are on the bottom of the wall. I also have my PS3 HDMI and USB cables, Wii Component cables, and audio cables all coming down from the ceiling. It looks pretty bad. The game console cables run up to the ceiling and then over (to the left) into the closet, or what I am now calling the media closet.
First, I need to move all my media cables behind the wall. Now this is more difficult than normal since this is an outside wall, and it has insulation within it. I had to buy a fish tape to get this completed. I used some wire coat hangers that I unbent, and then duct taped together. This works pretty good if you just need to guide the cable and you have nothing in your way; but if you have a wall with insulation then you are gonna need something like a fish tape to get the job done.
After I moved the ceiling tile back in place I then needed to move the power plug behind the TV. First, I shut off the breaker to the plug and then went about daisy chaining the electrical cables and sending them 5 feet up the wall. I cut a hole at the TV mount and re installed the power outlet. It really didn't take too much time, all I needed was about 5 feet of electrical cable, and an electric box. I also bought a face plate to cover the bottom hole that was left where the electrical outlet used to be.
Here is a final shot of the setup without the TV mounted...it looks like my wall is throwing up cables...kinda badass actually.
Now I have the TV mounted but my motion controlled games are not able to be played in the current setup. The issue is two fold. First, the Wii needs a light source for the motion controller to work. Since the length I needed to go was too long for the standard Wii sensor bar that comes with the console, I had to buy a wireless one. I found one on eBay for pretty cheap, around $5.
On the left you can see the media closet door. This is where I have the PS3 and Wii stored, and I am planning on moving the Media Server down there and streaming all my media through out the house via the home network.
Kung-Fu Live! Until next time.