Hiding One Connect Box & One Connect Cable Out of Sight
If you’re wondering how to hide or where to put the One Connect Box for your wall mounted Samsung Frame TV or QLED TV with “No Gap Wall Mount”, there’s a solution for hiding that while complying to building code.
This article is written for Samsung Frame TVs & QLED TVs (7 series & above) from 2017 models & later. These are the generations that come with One Connect Box & One Connect Cable that also supplies power to the TV.
One Connect Cable that comes with the TVs mentioned above are not rated for in wall application. Therefore, it’s against the building code to hide it in wall. We’ve actually confirmed this with Samsung Canada rep.
How to hide Samsung One Connect Box (and One Connect Cable) up to code
In order to properly hide One Connect Box & One Connect Cable up to code, you’ll need an AV Back Box for in-wall storage installed recessed into the wall behind the Frame TV or QLED TV.
This AV Back Box will provide the space needed for One Connect Box and One Connect Cable to be nested & hidden behind the TV.
Your wall also has to have some cavity with at least 4″ of depth from the surface of the wall in order to fit this AV Back Box into a wall.
For example: 2×4 studs + 1/2″ drywall equals to 4 inches in depth which is pretty common in modern houses and town-houses. 4 inch clearance is the minimum depth required for AV Back Box to fit inside a wall.
Applicable walls include (But not limited to)
- Drywall with Wooden Studs which is commonly found in newer Houses & Town Houses.
- Plaster Interior Wall with Wooden Studs in older homes with at least 4″ of clearance
- Drywall with Metal Studs in Condo wall with at least 4″ of clearance
Important: AV Back Box cannot be installed in concrete wall, brick wall nor exterior plaster wall.
Can I Hide Samsung One Connect Cable in Wall?
You cannot hide One Connect Cable that comes with the Frame TV or QLED TV as it’s not rated for in-wall installation. But there is an in-wall rated version available which is sold separately (albeit, it’s only compatible with very few models). Continue reading this article to find out more information on this in-wall rated One Connect Cable.
Samsung’s Frame TVs and higher end QLED TVs (7 series & higher models) from 2017 and later don’t have a standard power cord of its own that plugs directly from TV to wall receptacle. Instead, the power is actually supplied from the One Connect Box to the TV using One Connect Cable included with the TV.
What is One Connect Cable?
One Connect Cable is essentially a Power Cord with Fiber Optic Cable wrapped around together in transparent sheathing. Not only this cable carries AV & Data signals to the TV, but also carries power (voltage) to the TV as well. One Connect Cable that’s included with Samsung Frame TV or QLED TV is not certified for in wall application. Which means it’s against the building code to hide it in wall.
Samsung One Connect In-Wall Cable for QLED & Frame TVs
As you can see in the photo above, the In-Wall Certified version of the One Connect Cable looks different than the one that comes with the Frame or QLED TV.
In wall certified One Connect Cable has an extra layer of thick white jacket that wraps around the One Connect Cable that ends with what appears to be some sort of “cord grip fitting” at the end of the white jacket on both sides of the cable.
There are 2 wall plates also included to secure the cable by the “cord grip fitting” at the entry & exit points of the wall as shown in the photo below.
Samsung One Connect In-Wall Cable for QLED & FRAME TVs is certified for in wall application. This cable can be purchased separately but apparently it’s only compatible with very specific Frame TV & QLED TV models.
At the time of writing this article, Samsung listed following models to be compatible with One Connect In-Wall Cable;
If your TV is listed above, you can purchase this One Connect In-Wall Cable on Amazon.com and hide the One Connect Cable in wall and place the One Connect Box elsewhere away from your TV.
If your TV is not listed above, you will need a Structured Enclosure Box installed behind the TV to hide the One Connect Box & One Connect Cable behind the TV since the One Connect Cable that comes with your TV cannot be hidden in wall.
FYI: Generally, power cords of any kind are prohibited from being hidden or buried in wall. But this specially designed Samsung One Connect In-Wall Cable VG-SOCR86U/ZA (which also carries power) is certified to – UL approval type OFNP FT6 (NEC, Article 770/UL 1651) USA and Canada. Hence, making this cable safe to be hidden in wall.
According to NEC Article 400.8 in USA & CEC Article 4-010 (3)(a)(ii) in Canada, they both state that “Flexible Cords” (referring to power cords) cannot run through holes in walls, ceilings or floors.
The reason behind this is because power cords are considered to be fire hazard if hidden inside a wall. This building code applies to almost everywhere in USA & Canada. And building codes exist to protect people from any potential accidents such as electrical fires.
AV Back Box dimensions required to fit One Connect Box inside
Samsung’s One Connect Box sizes vary by generations. It’s worth noting that they did get substantially bigger starting from 2017 to 2020 models.
At the time of writing this article, the biggest one dimension of any generation of One Connect Box is just under 14 inches (approximately 13.75 inches). So, you will need an AV Back Box with inner dimensions that is at least 14″ in width, 14″ in height and 4″ in depth as the minimal size requirement. This is also taking consideration of the power cord from One Connect Box being plugged into an outlet installed inside AV Back Box.
If there’s enough room in your wall, you may consider installing bigger AV Back Box for in-wall storage such as this 18 x 14 inch box shown below. As long as your TV can cover the enclosure box, that’s all it matters. As a matter of fact, “No Gap Wall Mount” can even be installed in front of the AV Back Box if necessary as the AV back box will be installed inside a wall.
Note: Samsung’s latest 2021 One Connect Box design has changed. It’s now little ‘Slimmer’ compared to the previous models. Though, it’s gotten slimmer, but wider – now, shaped more like a square than a long rectangle. We will update this article as soon as more information is available to us.
Important Note: All the actual installation photos shown in this article is with the 14 x 14 inch box.
Although the actual inner dimensions of this particular AV back box is 14×14 inches, there’s a lip that goes around the inner edges on all 4 sides of this enclosure box. And longest dimension of this One Connect Box being approximately 13.75″, it couldn’t be inserted into the enclosure box without making slight fabrication.
The bottom lip of this 14×14 inch enclosure box had to be cut in 2 places with a small hand-held hack saw to cut the lip & bend it outwards in order to slip the One Connect Box in and then it was bent back to its original position which was not difficult to do.
You can see 2 little slits on the bottom lip of the AV back box in the photo below. If 18×14 inch enclosure box could have fit inside the wall, that would have shaved off maybe about 20 minutes of the job but not a big deal.
Power Outlet Inside AV Back Box
Power outlet is required inside AV Back Box to plug One Connect Box power cord like the photos shown below.
How do I connect more devices to my One Connect Box in the future if it’s hidden behind the TV?
Instead of worrying about possibly having to run more wires in the future, you can just future-proof yourself by running all the cables that you might need in the future now. Hence, it is strongly recommended that you run several HDMI cables at the time of installation even if you don’t plan on using any at the present time. That way, you’re ready to connect any new devices in the future without having to do this work all over again.
You can pre-run any low voltage wires such as HDMI, Coax & Ethernet cables that are fire rated for in-wall application from your components to your One Connect Box hidden behind the TV.
What Ports are on the Samsung One Connect Box?
It depends on which generation it’s from. But, generally One Connect Box includes following connections;
- 4 x HDMI (3 x HDMI + 1 x HDMI ARC/eARC)
- 1 x Digital Optical Out (Toslink)
- 2 x USB 2.0 Port(s) 0.5A / 5V HDD Port
- 1 x Ethernet Port (Not included with One Connect Mini Box)
- 1 x Antenna In (Not included with One Connect Mini Box)
- 1 x One Connect Port
- 1 x Power
For more information, you can refer to Samsung (Australia) website to compare generation by generation. Please note that Australian versions are slightly different than the ones in USA & Canada. For some reason, Samsung USA & Canada websites don’t publish this information.
Where can I buy AV Back Box for in-wall Storage?
You can buy AV Back Box for in-wall storage right on our website by clicking the links below. We ship to USA & Canada.