stacking mac peripherals

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by CultHero, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. CultHero macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2007
    I just got an Apple TV and Airport Extreme and was surprised how much heat the Apple TV puts off. I was hoping to save rack real estate and stack them but don't want to fry the extreme. I have googled and can't really seem to find anything about stacking them. They look like they are meant to be stacked, wondered what everyone else is doing.

    for the record, I will be stacking the apple TV on top, as it is quite a bit hotter.
  2. devman macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    FWIW I wanted to stack them too but didn't because, as you've said, the ATV gets so damn hot.
  3. CultHero thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2007
    no one? I am thinking this may be an issue as the apple TV is making a lot of noise? Sounds like a fan, but from what I have read, it doesn't have one.
  4. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I would not recommend you stack them, since you will want the Airport Extreme on top for best reception (and mine is a bit warm), but the :apple:tv is so hot.

    You could use some tallish "struts" (say about 5cm/2in) to allow adequate airflow between the two, but that's going to affect the look.
  5. macleod199 macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2007
    I stack my AEBS on top of two usb hard drive/hubs designed to fit under a Mac Mini. In the summer sometimes it starts to buzz (as far as I can tell it's coming from the AEBS), so I'll turn off the HDs.
  6. CultHero thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2007
    FWIW, I decided not to stack them due to the heat. It seems like they would be meant to stack but they both seemed to get too hot.

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