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Entertainment Center

This is the wiring behind the entertainment center. I absolutely hate this piece of furniture. It's a cheap Ikea unit that I got for my first apartment. First off, it's way too narrow. You can see my left, center, and right speakers up there, and they're practically on top of each other. It's made out of cheap pressboard, and has scratches on it from being moved. I haven't been able to find a new one that will work for me, so I'm in the process of designing a replacement.

However, the cable management did come out pretty nice. John and I just screwed hook and loop strips into the pressboard and wrapped them around the bundles of wire.

Behind the [soon to be ex-] entertainment center.

This is the wall behind the entertainment center. Most of the wires go to that box, and from there to the wiring closet. The rest go to the main automation computer.

The rear wall and main HA computer.

This is a close up of one of the two break out boxes that are behind the entertainment center. The one on the left is for IR emitters, and the one on the right is for the SmartLinc detector probes.

The box and the 1/8" stereo jacks are from RadioShack. I just mounted them in the box, wired them up with a piece of cat5 and crimped a connector on the end. The box plugs into a jack behind the entertainment center, and from there to the input ports on HV.

Break-out-box close-up.