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Reading of a lot of people getting a lot of cat6 cables run in their rooms. What all are they used for?


Fairly new to this HTPC setup. Do I use an HDMI cable to hook the HTPC to the receiver or a cat6 and is that all I need?


Also, I have a wireless router up on the second level which runs wifi to the basement no problem. Would this be sufficient or Should I get a second wireless router in the basement to plug the HTPC in to?
 

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You need hdmi to connect the pc to the receiver. Hdmi will transfer video and audio signals.


Cat5 (or cat6 if your devices support it) are network cables to share data or remote controls across your network.

If you want to stream 1080p content you Probably need network cables, Otherwise wifi will be fine too
 

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Oh ok so through the HDMI hooked up to the Receiver and HTPC, I can play movies stored on my HTPC correct? Or does a cat6 need to be run between the two as well.


I'm going to be accessing all of this through iRule on a Kindle Fire.
 

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Originally Posted by mijotter  /t/1469815/a-few-simple-questions-htpc#post_23241810


Reading of a lot of people getting a lot of cat6 cables run in their rooms. What all are they used for?


Fairly new to this HTPC setup. Do I use an HDMI cable to hook the HTPC to the receiver or a cat6 and is that all I need?


Also, I have a wireless router up on the second level which runs wifi to the basement no problem. Would this be sufficient or Should I get a second wireless router in the basement to plug the HTPC in to?

The reason you read so much about cat6 cables being run is that they can be converted to do a lot of different things when connected to the right equipment. The main purpose cat5e/cat6 is used is for ethernet or to pass a wired internet connection. However if you buy a special device called a balun you can pass lots of other types of signals over a cat6 cable. A very useful one in home A/V is called HD-BaseT which allows you to pass an HDMI signal over a cat6 cable over 300ft. You need an HD-BaseT converter device on each end of the cable from which an HDMI cable goes to the TV or receiver or source equipment (like your HTPC).


So if your HTPC is located close to the TV you would simply run the HDMI cable. If however your HTPC was in the basement and your receiver or TV was upstairs, it would be much simpler to run a cat6 cable between the two rather than an HDMI cable b/c you can't properly terminate an HDMI cable yourself and also HDMI cables start becoming more prone to issues once you go over 20-25 feet and definitely over 50 feet.


Other things cat6 can pass in addition to hdmi is other forms of video, audio, control, ir, internet and a lot more.
 

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Just to make sure...the Onkyo 809 is capable of streaming HD video from a HTPC right?
 

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Just to make sure...the Onkyo 809 is capable of streaming HD video from a HTPC right?

I don't think any of the AVRs will stream video - you need a source device (Roku, ATV, etc.) for video... The DLNA and Internet radio streaming services built into the AVRs, AFAIK, are all "audio only".
 

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Oh wow. But as far as playing the BD from my HTPC in HD video and audio the Onkyo 809 can do?


How would I go about playing video's that are on my HTPC, not BD but video projects i've done?
 

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Originally Posted by mijotter  /t/1469815/a-few-simple-questions-htpc#post_23515546


Oh wow. But as far as playing the BD from my HTPC in HD video and audio the Onkyo 809 can do?

Same as any HDMI source - the HD video is rendered by the source, and passes through the AVR (which extracts the audio along the way).
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How would I go about playing video's that are on my HTPC, not BD but video projects i've done?

Well, the HTPC would normally be the source, and would output video via HDMI... If you're trying to do this over the network, you'll need an HD video/streamer device (HDHomeRun, XBMC device, etc.).
 

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Ok good to know. I will have an HDMI cable connected from the AVR to the HTPC. Would I still need a streamer device?
 

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Originally Posted by mijotter  /t/1469815/a-few-simple-questions-htpc#post_23515918


Ok good to know. I will have an HDMI cable connected from the AVR to the HTPC. Would I still need a streamer device?

No, your HTPC is providing HDMI output, so whatever comes out of it - there you go...
 

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ok good to know. So what would having a Roku or HDhomerun benefit me if any since I'll have the HTPC?


Also, is it possible for my HTPC to be accessed by a Kindle Fire HD via iRule?
 

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ok good to know. So what would having a Roku or HDhomerun benefit me if any since I'll have the HTPC?

They pull content over Ethernet from a PC or NAS storage, allowing it to show anywhere Ethernet is wired in the house.
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Also, is it possible for my HTPC to be accessed by a Kindle Fire HD via iRule?

Will depend on the software you're using to run the HTPC. Questions better asked in the HTPC forum...
 

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will do thanks. Is it possible to pull the content and show it wirelessly? The only Hard wired portion will be in the basement but say my wife wants to watch a movie on her laptop in bed or something...
 

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will do thanks. Is it possible to pull the content and show it wirelessly? The only Hard wired portion will be in the basement but say my wife wants to watch a movie on her laptop in bed or something...

Your starting to get more into the category of a media server. What is it on the HTPC that you'd want to stream wirelessly, internet content or local videos? The laptop could of course stream something from the internet without needing the HPTC. If you want instead for the laptop to play something stored on the HTPC you would need it to be a server streaming the video over the network. An HTPC can serve as both a source device and a server but it will definitely impact the type of hardware you would want to purchase. I use a separate PC as a server to stream media through my network.
 

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What I would want to stream is Bluray that is in my library. With that being said would you recommend a dedicated video card for the HDMI to the AVR instead of using the HDMI on a motherboard?
 
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