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I am looking to hook up one PC to 3 TVs in different rooms throughout the house. Just looking for comments/suggestions on my plan.

The layout:

  • The PC is in the family room, hooked up to TV #1.
  • TV #2 is in the Living Room (right behind the wall.. but thick stone separates them, so I will have to go through the floor, to the basement, and back up the wall to the area I have a Cat6 cable already ran.
  • TV #3 is in the Bedroom. It is on the opposite end of the house... roughly 50 feet away.


The supplies:

1. HDMI Splitter: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003JAXBWW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

2. USB over Ethernet x 2: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0..._mini_detail?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

3. 1 x 75 foot Cat 6 cable. 1 x 25 foot Cat 6 cable for the above.

4. 1 x 75 foot HDMI cable. 1 x 25 foot HDMI cable.


I am going to run the USB over Ethernet to each room for keyboard and mouse control. I am also going to run HDMI cables to each room.

I could also run HDMI over Ethernet. Could I run HDMI and USB over the same Ethernet cable, or would that not work? This would require an HDMI over Ethernet adapter and an Ethernet splitter: http://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters...1427729036&sr=1-2&keywords=HDMI+over+Ethernet

http://www.amazon.com/RJ45-Ethernet...=1427729124&sr=1-2&keywords=ethernet+splitter

Comments/suggestions would be appreciated.
 

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Have you considered testing out powerline connections? If you get a good connection, it has more than enough speed for media playback.

For me, I would tend to perhaps have one storage on the network and then each TV have its own "media player" (htpc or possibly a streamer or Dune type unit) that accesses the storage unit (NAS).

Perhaps if you gave us your playback criteria it would be helpful.
1) Types of files you wish to play (including audio stream quality - think stereo vs DVD quality vs Blue Ray HD audio)
2) How to select a file to play (will each TV use a keyboard or remote or ....)
3) How large is your library of files?
4) Do you also expect to stream from services like Hulu or Netflix or Amazon or Vudu?
 

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My plan is to be able to use the computer in each room... web browsing, media (PLEX), etc.

I know I could buy a couple cheap laptops or mini PCs, but I'd rather utilize the same PC.

The powerline idea might be something to look into... it might be cheaper to just run a cat 6 cable though. I have full access to the basement.

This is actually for my mom, at her house (makes it easy for her to use the same PC, rather than a different one on each TV). I wouldn't mind doing this with my living room and family room, but I have a finished ceiling in the basement, where the family room is (split-level).
 

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I am looking to hook up one PC to 3 TVs in different rooms throughout the house. Just looking for comments/suggestions on my plan.

The layout:

  • The PC is in the family room, hooked up to TV #1.
  • TV #2 is in the Living Room (right behind the wall.. but thick stone separates them, so I will have to go through the floor, to the basement, and back up the wall to the area I have a Cat6 cable already ran.
  • TV #3 is in the Bedroom. It is on the opposite end of the house... roughly 50 feet away.


The supplies:

1. HDMI Splitter: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003JAXBWW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

2. USB over Ethernet x 2: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0..._mini_detail?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

3. 1 x 75 foot Cat 6 cable. 1 x 25 foot Cat 6 cable for the above.

4. 1 x 75 foot HDMI cable. 1 x 25 foot HDMI cable.


I am going to run the USB over Ethernet to each room for keyboard and mouse control. I am also going to run HDMI cables to each room.

I could also run HDMI over Ethernet. Could I run HDMI and USB over the same Ethernet cable, or would that not work? This would require an HDMI over Ethernet adapter and an Ethernet splitter: http://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters...1427729036&sr=1-2&keywords=HDMI+over+Ethernet

http://www.amazon.com/RJ45-Ethernet...=1427729124&sr=1-2&keywords=ethernet+splitter

Comments/suggestions would be appreciated.


With your proposed set up all 3 rooms will be viewing the same content. There is no way to differentiate between the rooms. Which is fine if you live alone, and just want a "change of scenery" as you watch whatever you are watching.

If you want to be able to view different content in different room, you will need to think outside of the proverbial box, and think wither Windows Media Center with Extenders, Sage with extenders, or Kodi with extenders.
 
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