Originally Posted by zijincheng
So here's my confusion, 1080p24 runs at 2.98Gbps (I'm guessing its 25x1920x1080x60), while 1080p60 runs at 7.46Gbps. I've read enough to know people have used Cat5E/Cat6 cables and just put HDMI adapters on the end. How is that possible, seeing as Cat5E has a max rate of 100Mbps while Cat6 has a max rate of 1Gbps? I guess Cat6A would be fine though.
Cat5e will run gigabit Ethernet (and is specified to do so) to 100m... The HDMI baluns run higher data rates (this is NOT Ethernet, remember) over shorter runs (like <100 feet), and in one direction.
HDBaseT borrows the technology from 1Gb/10Gb to do HDMI to 100m.
My dad wants to wire a Cat5E cable through the walls and put passive HDMI wall sockets at both ends, will this work?
The passive HDMI-over-category wall plates have mixed results, mostly depending on distances (if it's <50' probably ok), and avoiding 3D. The "active" / powered baluns works better, and the less-expensive ones require two cables (cat5e or cat6).
If you want something that will definitely work, use a single-cable HDBaseT solution.
I would run multiple cat5e/cat6 runs, plus a flex conduit to any critical AV location. A Redmere HDMI cable would be a good "today" solution as well, but isn't futureproof the way the category + conduit will be...