How to Mount a FiOS Box Behind the TV
Verizon FiOS is a bundled home communications and networking package marketed directly to the average household consumer as well as small businesses. With FiOS service, customers can receive telephone, Internet and television services through one provider over fiber optic cables, which is where its name is derived. To connect the digital television service, a box is required to send the digital channels to the television. This set-top box is designed to sit on a shelf or inside a home entertainment cabinet. As most televisions are moving to flat screen technology, it is dangerous to mount the box directly to the television. However, the box can be mounted to the entertainment system using brackets.
Find a clean, accessible area behind the television and on the entertainment console to mount the FiOS box. Use a measuring tape to assess the dimensions of the FiOS box, and locate a flat surface on the wood entertainment center that is slightly larger than these dimensions.
Purchase metal brackets that are equal to or slightly larger than the width of the FiOS box. Keep in mind the box should be mounted with the brackets parallel to the front face of the box to avoid remote control or wiring obstructions.
Remove any hardware from the entertainment console.
Create an outline for the mount. Using one hand, hold the box where it will be mounted and draw a straight line on the wood with a pencil. From this base line, apply the brackets and draw four dots onto the inside of the entertainment console where the bracket holes touch the wood.
Drill four holes into the entertainment console behind the television. Avoid drilling into other compartments or crossbeams.
Screw the lower end of both brackets into the newly created holes. Insert the box between the brackets, and screw in the remaining two screws at the top of the brackets. Tighten the brackets to hold the box into place, but not so tight that they damage the box.
Attach any necessary wires to the FiOS box, and replace the television.
- Always wear safety goggles while drilling to prevent eye injury.
- It is not recommended to mount the box directly to any television, as the box and some televisions produce a lot of heat, which can destroy the box or television.
William Paul Wentzell is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, holding bachelor's degrees in English and photojournalism. His work has been published in the New York Times, Deseret News, The Victoria Advocate and The Daily Texan.
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