Originally Posted by TMcG
Sort-of. It will be located on the other side of the theater wall in an area underneath the steps. I *could* put the satellite rack through the wall in a double layer soundproof back box that matches the construction of the theater shell so I would have access to it from the theater, but on second thought I decided there wasn't a hard-core reason to NEED access to the gaming system from the theater since everything is either ripped or streaming. I do have an alcove set aside for storing and charging controllers, 3D glasses, Buttkicker turn-off switches and everything else I want handy access to from inside the room.
Right - in my case the primary motivation was to be able to put in a movie or game without leaving the room. But considering that the only location for this would involve going into the wall of the very noisy adjacent utility room, I didn't want to "go there".
I'll have a storage closet in the room (no gear) and pull out shelves under a built-in couch-bench where I can store misc stuff and gaming controllers. The AV controller/remote can go in the chair armrest. Tho it seems like it would be useful to have some sort of hidden panel or something to store some of this misc stuff in.
Tell me more about the Buttkicker switches. I hadn't thought of that.
Originally Posted by wkearney99
Games in theater rooms will have issues if you can't get access to the front for motion cameras and the like. Extending USB3 is non-trivial for the Kinect sensor. It's one of those things worth planning for ahead of time.
Good point. I'm not interested in Kinect of a camera. But sometimes USB is needed, such as for games like Guitar Hero. I am putting two USB plugs in the riser that will run back to the equipment rack. What type of "live" / active USB cables should I use for this? The total run length would be about 40 feet.
Also I am wondering - how well with the XBOX and PS4 wireless controllers work through the double layer DW? The rack will be in the adjacent room about 35 feet from the seating area. I know that 35 feet is in range, but not sure how well it'll work through the isolation shell. Is there some sort of extender?
The real question on rack placement is just what is it that'll require interaction, and who do you want to allow into the area? It's one thing for you do wander over to another room/garage/whatever to 'do something'. It's another to end up in a situation where kids are wandering through somewhere else. Thus sometimes it's worth considering having two setups, one for things "nobody's ever going to fiddle with" and another for game consoles, DVD players, etc.
That is an EXCELLENT point. "Hey what's this do?" when your not around, which can then take days (if ever!) to figure out what someone touched.
In my situation there's one rack, but the "never fiddle" gear will be rear-facing, while the rest faces into the theater. I'll still end up with an arrangement near the front for the Xbox & Kinect, but for that I'll just run CAT5, HDMI & IR repeating back to the rack.
Speaking of IR repeating... I forgot about that and am in the process of running low voltage stuff now. What type of wires should I be running to support that?