Installing Xbox One in a Media Closet With Kinect Sensor

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As of the publishing of this post, the Xbox One is not in the hands of consumers yet, but I’m already running into an issue. With my current living room setup, all of my devices; cable box, blu-ray player, roku, etc., are neatly tucked away in a closet about 15 feet from where the TV hangs on the wall. This was done so that we didn’t have to have any unsightly boxes and/or wires visible in the living room. The TV is above a central fireplace that divides the living room and the dining room, so there is really nowhere to put an entertainment center anyways. I guess we could have put a rack in the corner of the room, but where’s the fun in that.

Anyways, with the Xbox One coming on the 22nd, we have to figure out a way hook it up so that the Xbox One console is in the media closet and the Kinect sensor is above the TV in the living room. Now when we setup the TV and ran all of the cables through the wall, we ran a few extra cat5 lines to sort of “future proof” things in case we ever needed to hook anything else up. The question/problem I’m having now, is will we be able to splice the Kinect’s cable into the cat5 wires which will allow us to keep the Xbox One in the media closet? I really want to be able to take advantage of the TV/Cable integration the Xbox One has to offer, so the cable box and the Xbox need to be connected to each other, which could be a problem if we can’t extend that Kinect sensor cable. And unfortunately it’s not that easy to run new cables through the wall and ceiling to connect the Kinect to the console.

I’ve read numerous posts about people figuring out ways to do this with the original Kinect, but the new Kinect uses USB 3.0 and it seems like there might be some problems there. I’ll keep this post updated on our experiments in getting it to work, but if anyone has any helpful tips that may make this process easier, please leave a comment.

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This is our TV setup above the fireplace. No room for boxes.