HDMI long cable alternative

6iron -- Thu, 07/17/2008 - 10:32

Running HDMI over 100ft is problematic because of the high data rate and cables are not readily available. Most available at stores are 6ft only.

There are solutions like this HDMI Etherenet extender that converts the HDMI so it can be run over a pair of Ethernet cables and will carry 1080 for 150ft using standard CAT6 cable.

Steven Stone -- Thu, 07/17/2008 - 12:33

Many companies have HDMI/DVI to CAT 5 converters.

The problem is that many do not offer proper copy-protection protocols. If players/sources and displays can't "talk" to each other a connection will fail.

Also, 30 feet with any decent HDMI cable is easily doable, which should be long enough for most one-room home theaters. It's only extremely long runs associated with multi-room high-end configurations that have issues.

Steven Stone
Contributor to The Absolute Sound, EnjoytheMusic.com, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and other fine publications

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