Originally Posted by kyrnel /forum/post/12896325
Just wondering if anyone makes a switching matrix that takes HDMI inputs and distributes them via Ethernet?
I only need a 8 input 4 output model.
Originally Posted by stickyfingers /forum/post/12896403
Is there some device that only outputs HDMI and not component..? Component over Cat5 would be less hassle (I hate HDCP) and far less costly.
If, for some reason that's not readily apparent to me, you are bound and determined to to use HDMI, I'm not aware of a matrix switch that does so, but Intelix makes a set of HDMI, HDCP-compliant baluns for sending HDMI over Cat5 (but they're like $500+ per pair, as opposed to something like $150 per pair for component baluns), which you can use with the HDMI matrix switch of your choosing...
If WAF was even a consideration, I'd invest in a RF-based remote control processor (something like RTI's RP-6 or URC's MSC-400). Yes, I know this enters you into the morass of DYI vs. CI, but it's my experience that long macro strings over IR work ~90% - 95% of the time.
If you have a loving patient wife, then that 5% - 10% won't be that big of a deal. If you don't, it'll be an ongoing source of marital frustration that "THE #$#$##% $X SYSTEM DOESN'T EVEN WORK RIGHT!!!"
Originally Posted by robertmee /forum/post/12901884
Just as a point of clarification, these solutions DO NOT convert HDMI or Component to ethernet. They convert unbalanced signals that normally run on 75ohm cable to balanced 100ohm compatible signals. But you cannot run them through any Ethernet switches, hubs, etc. You are simply using the medium of Cat5 for the wiring and that is all. It is a point A to point B installation. No star topology.
There are a couple of solutions out there that will run component + analog audio on one Cat5, but most use two cat5's as without any transcoding or analog to digital conversion, it takes 10 conductors to run balanced component and analog audio and cat5 of course only has 8.
Originally Posted by stickyfingers /forum/post/12903652
Fair enough (and excellent point). Frankly, I'm not entirely sure what it would mean to "convert to 'ethernet'." Hrmmmm... I suppose that would be some type of encoding and decoding on both ends, que no..? Too late for me to think that deeply...
Just for giggles (and because I don't think I knew of it when I setup this first system last year), which products carry component + stereo on 1 Cat5 (and how the heck do they do it without the requisite number of connectors?)..?
Originally Posted by robertmee /forum/post/12910896
Gefen and NTI
They are encoding the analog audio into something digital and then decoding on the other end...But they are considerably more expensive.