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Is there a meter or gauge to be able to test HDMI signal strength?

Hello all,

I am looking for a way to test the source and target of the HDMI signal strength so I can test it to make sure it is "good enough" for video to the TV.

Thanks a lot.
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Hello all,

I am looking for a way to test the source and target of the HDMI signal strength so I can test it to make sure it is "good enough" for video to the TV.

Thanks a lot.
Not for the average user.

The best test is to simply hook up a TV and a 1080p source and see if signal passes.

If this is for work that will be done behind drywall, the best rule is to pull conduit, the second best rule is to pull several pieces of cat-6 wire along with the HDMI cable.

HDMI will eventually be gone, so conduit is best, while multiple runs of cat-6 cable give a nice option for extenders.

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Has anyone tried this product?

or this one?

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What cables are you looking to 'test'?


HDMI signal strength is a function of the Source + Cables + Sink not just the cable alone.


The Cable test units you link to have very limited usefulness - and many of them can be easily 'blown'* if you inadvertently connect to a cable with a 'live' source on the ‘Source’ end of the HDMI cable!


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I used a similar product when we installed CAT-6 in a conduit to extend our connections. It basically shows if the wiring scheme was connected properly but nothing about throughput or quality of connection.
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