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    Does glass cause a problem.

    Here's another dumb electronics question. Now the wife wants a credenza to put under the wall mounted TV. The one she likes has two glass doors with shelves behind the glass doors. She wants the Satellite control box & the DVD player to go on a shelf behind the glass door. My question is will the glass cause a problem with the remote signal to the devices? My gut tells me there should be no problem unless the signal from the remote to the device gets bounced back by glare from the glass.

    I know my questions are so dumb, but I am so electronics challenged & all this junk is so expensive to buy & really a problem if you want to return an item so I need to be careful with what I do. Don't worry, I won't file a law suit on you if it doesn't work out. I hate this stuff. Why can't they make it with nuts & bolts cause that's what I know.

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    This is a real good question to ask before spending money on something that might not work! My in-laws have their DVD player and cable box inside a glass door credenza. It works fine.
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    I have no issues.

    Ps3 with wireless controler, dvd player, and stereo all work fine.

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    I have a bunch of remote controlled stuff in a cabinet. I have 2 Xboxes , a WII and a 500 watt surround system in the cabinet. I worry about the heat sometimes. I just open the door to let it cool.
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    Same here. No problems with the control boxes/DVR behind the glass door. The remotes works just fine.

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    The first thing that came to my mind is heat dispersion - but it seems folks have already posted their equipment inside a caninet with doors.

    All I have to go by is my Tivo unit which does give off heat. In fact it is no different than a desktop PC that has air intakes and an exhaust fan. When the room gets warm I can hear the fan ramp up.

    I also have Roku units that have no active cooling but feel warm to the touch when being used.
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    Most remotes will not have a problem with glass or wood doors for that matter, heat can be a issue but unless it is on 24/7 should not be issue either.
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    If the glass blocks the infrared signal I guess it could cause problems (but it isnt likely). If you have access to the cabinet before buying, you could always take the remote and a digital camera with you and test it.

    Cameras can "see" well into the infrared spectrum that remotes use. To see this, point your digital camera (including cell phone cameras) at the remote and press a button on the remote. You will see it light up as it works.

    If you can put the glass between the remote and camera and still see it lighting up on the camera, I would think you would have no problems.
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    You should be good as long as you have a line of sight with the IR remotes. If you are using UHF remotes, it will not make any difference. To see what type you have, look at the back of your unit, receiver box. If there is an antennae sticking up, you have UHF remote. Other wise it will be IR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillieS View Post
    You should be good as long as you have a line of sight with the IR remotes. If you are using UHF remotes, it will not make any difference. To see what type you have, look at the back of your unit, receiver box. If there is an antennae sticking up, you have UHF remote. Other wise it will be IR.
    What about WiFi? My Roku 3 remote is WiFi.
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