Apple TV 3 on top of AirPort Express 2nd Gen.

hamiltonDSi

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I was wonderring if anything could happen if I put the 3rd Gen Apple TV on top of the 2nd Gen Airport Express since they are the same size and my furniture is not so big.
Will this lead to overheating one of the devices or will the metal inside de aTV will effect the WiFi signal ? :eek:
Thanks.
 
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I was wonderring if anything could happen if I put the 3rd Gen Apple TV on top of the 2nd Gen Airport Express since they are the same size and my furniture is not so big.
Will this lead to overheating one of the devices or will metal inside de aTV will effect the WiFi signal ? :eek:
Thanks.
Heat will probably be the biggest factor. I had a switch sitting on top of my AEBS briefly and it only took two days before the heat between them affected network performance. Once I set them side by side and they cooled down, things worked as there should have.

Having them on top of each other will affect the wifi, but it will probably be negligible and you won't notice it.

I would recommend not stacking them unless you have plenty of separation and/or active cooling such as a fan blowing on them.
 

hamiltonDSi

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Heat will probably be the biggest factor. I had a switch sitting on top of my AEBS briefly and it only took two days before the heat between them affected network performance. Once I set them side by side and they cooled down, things worked as there should have.

Having them on top of each other will affect the wifi, but it will probably be negligible and you won't notice it.

I would recommend not stacking them unless you have plenty of separation and/or active cooling such as a fan blowing on them.
Thank you.
Perhaps I can get a USB Hub and connect it to the Airport ; In the first slot I will connect the printer and in the second slot a USB fan.
Will this work ?
 

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Thank you.
Perhaps I can get a USB Hub and connect it to the Airport ; In the first slot I will connect the printer and in the second slot a USB fan.
Will this work ?
I don't see why not. I'd get a powered USB hub just to be safe in case you ever need to run devices that need it.
 

Mrbobb

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I always wondered how those Apple boxes dissipate heat, I mean it looks plastic all around and the bottom has a felt covering.