First post, hope I got it in the right category
I have a question or three about distributing VGA. Last Thursday I got a disturbing phone call from my mom who lives 400 miles away from me. She asked if I had an extra gun that she could burrow and if I would teach her how to use it. That's not really what you want to hear your mom ask. Someone had been standing on the sidewalk in front of her house videoing her and her house at night. When confronted by a neighbor the guy ran. The police said technically speaking that it was not against the law but it was strange behavior for sure and that they would keep an eye out.
The long story short, I left for her house 10 minutes later. My brother met me there and she bought the Samsung 5001n 16 Camera DVR from Costco. We chose that one because they are POE and that was just less wire that I had to pull.
On with my questions...
For the sake of doing it right, we put in a Leviton panel for her. The Samsung DVR is going in the closet and I need to distribute the video from there. I am moving her existing low voltage to the panel. I used to do low voltage data for a living, it's been awhile but I do miss it sometimes.
Besides viewing the cameras over the network, i'd like it to be available in 2 other places. A monitor in the closet and her television. At this moment it's just video, no audio, but I would like to have the option of audio if we decided to at some point.
The DVR has RCA out and VGA. The television will be about 60ft - 75ft away. I'm not sure of the exact distance because it goes into the crawl and then back up.
I've been looking at the Leviton MOS gear, in particular, this http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/SectionDisplay.jsp?section=47179&minisite=10251
It got me thinking though. Would I be better to convert VGA and the RCA (for audio only of course) to HDMI in the panel and then send it out as HDMI? If I need (Want...) to send it to 2 monitors, what would be the best way? As VGA, then convert and send, or just stick with VGA and not worry about the audio? Will I get the same distance with HDMI converted from VGA as I would with any other navtive HDMI device? I dont want to shoot myself in the foot and loose the option of audio but on the other hand, I want to do what is most reliable for my mom and keep her safe.
Edit: It's gonna be sent over Cat5, that's important and I forgot to mention it. So it would be VGA over Cat5 then back to VGA at the wallplate. For the TV, the monitor in the closet can just be the standard VGA cable. Or if HDMI is better, it will be HDMI over Cat5.
Thank you for taking the time to read this long winded post! Open to anyones suggestions!
Thought I better add this, the Romex for power is long and ugly on purpose until we find an electrician. It's going to have it's own circuit and is pulled all the way to the breaker in the basement.