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HDMI various functions, descriptions and typical applications
An HDMI Switch (also called a HDMI Switcher) will select one input from several HDMI input sources (e.g. DSTV decoder, TV Box, Blu-ray player, Video game consoles, PC etc) and switch it to a fixed output on your television/monitor e.g. HDMI IN 1 on your TV. The number of inputs are model dependent and range from 3, 4 to a maximum of 5.
Purpose: If your current television / monitor does not have sufficient HDMI inputs for the numbers of sources you wish to display on it. Plugging HDMI cables in and out is NOT recommedned and can lead to connector failure and are then expensive to fix. Using a switch is also much easier and faster to select the desired inputs than selecting the source button on most televsion remotes.
Example: if you only have 1x HDMI input available on your television but would like to connect 4x sources. Connect all the 4x sources HDMI outputs to the inputs of a 4×1 switch. Connect the switch single HDMI output to the available HDMI input on your television. Selecting the various desired sources to display is now done manually via the select buttons on the switch or if supplied the switch remote control.
An HDMI splitter will distribute (or split) a single HDMI source (e.g. DSTV decoder) to multiple outputs. The number of outputs aremodel dependent and range from 2, 4, 8 to maximum of 16.
Purpose: If you wich to add HD signals to televions other than the main TV. Connect the source (e.g. DSTV decoder) output to the switch input. From here you can connect as many TV’s as the switch allows (e.g 2-16).
Example: If you wish to extend a HD signal form a single HDMI source (e.g. Decoder) to other televisions located in bedrooms, entertainment area etc. Note if these televisions are less than 15m away you can use an HDMI cable. For greater distances up to 120m you will require an HDMI Balun Extender which extends via CAT 6 cable (see HDMI extenders below).
An HDMI extender is a pair of devices (a transmitter and receiver) that will extend your High Definition (HD) signals to distances up to120m away via CAT6 cable. The transmitter is located near the source (DSTV decoder) and can be a single unit or it can be incorporate several transmitters in one enclosure. The reciever is located at the remote televison (bedroom ect.) and is connected to the transmitter via the CAT6 cable which uses RJ45 connectors (same as a LAN connection on a computer). The reciever has a HDMI output connector on it which connects to the televsion via a short HDMI cable (0.3m recommended). Most homes currently use AV coaxial cable (same cable as used from the dish) with splitters etc to extend signals to remote loactions such as bedrooms – but these do NOT support High Definition signals.
HDMI connectors do not fit into the existing conduit (trunking) of most homes/ offices and as such extenders are the prefferred method for distributing HD signals to emote loactions. Extender can be offered as splitter extender or a matrix extender.
Purpose: If you wish to extended a HDMI source (DSTV decoders, DVD, Blu-Ray payer & TV Box etc.) in your home/office to one or more remote locations such as bedrooms etc.. If you require multiple inputs (4 or 8) to multiple extended locations (4 or 8) then a Matrix Extender is the perfect product and ultimate in home/office HDMI distribution. (see Matrix Extenders)
Example: If you wish to extend a HD signal form a single or multiple HDMI sources (e.g. Decoder) to other televisions located in bedrooms, entertainment area etc. which are between 15 – 120m away. Note extenders with a ‘HDMI Pass-through’ feature have a 2-way splitter incorporated. For greater distances up to 120m you will require an HDMI Balun Extender which extends via CAT 6 cable (see HDMI extenders below).
An HDMI Matrix is an inteligent device which can select any selected HDMI source and route it to any specified television (anyone to anyone). For example with 4×4 Matrix the first digit is the number of sources/inputs and the second digit is the number of outputs e.g. anyone of 4x inputs to anyone 4x idividual televisons/monitors.
Purpose: If for example you have 2x DSTV decoders (dual view) a media player and a DVD/Bluray player. Dad can watch sport on anyone of the 4x connected TV’s while the kids can watch any other input on anyone of the 3 remaining TV’s. Mom can watch DVD’s/movies on any of the 2 remaining TV’s or all can watch the same on all TV’s etc. Choice is yours – any source to any TV! Full remote control to the decoders from any location.
Example: select anyone of 4x HDMI inputs to any of 4x individual televisions/monitors. Note if these televisions are less than 15m away you can use an HDMI cable. For greater distances up to 120m you will require an HDMI Balun Extender which extends via CAT 6 cable (see HDMI extenders below).
An HDMI switch/splitter will simultaneously both switch and distribute (split) a single HDMI source (e.g. DSTV decoder) to multiple outputs. The HDMI input may may be more than one source. The number of inputs and outputs are model dependent Inputs range from 2, 4 and 8. Outputs range from 2, 4, 8 to maximum of 16.
Purpose: If you wish to add HD signals to televions other than the main TV. Connect the sources (e.g. DSTV decoder1 and DSTV decoder 2) outputs to the switch/splitter inputs. From here you can connect as many TV’s as the switch allows (e.g 2-16).
Example: A 2×4 switch/splitter will allow either one of 2x HDMI inputs to be selected and then split to 4x HDMI outputs. Note if these televisions are less than 15m away you can use an HDMI cable. For greater distances up to 120m you will require an HDMI Balun Extender which extends via CAT 6 cable (see HDMI extenders below).
An HDMI converter will convert any specified signal to HDMI. These signals may be VGA (9pin DB connector often found on computers as an external display output), AV/Composite common 3way RCA cables (yellow, red, white/black), SDI (TNC connector), component, or YPbPr (all use RCA cables).An HDMI scaler will convert an existing HDMI HD ready signal (720p) to Full HD (1080p) of Ultra HD (4K) signals.
Purpose: convert the signals of older generation technologies and enable them to connect to the latest UHD televisons via HDMI.
Example: If you would like to connect an older generation DVD, VHS, Betamax or Wii console etc. to the HDMI port of your new HD TV you will need a AV/ Composite to HDMI converter. To connect your older version computer you will need a VGA to HDMI converter.
An HDMI Media Player (also known as Android TV Box, OTT Box, Media Box or Set Top Box) is a physically small device that can play any format of electronic video and photo files available such as .avi, mp4, .mkv etc. Files are accessed via a LAN file server, external Hard Drive or memeory stick and connects to the device via USB. They can also connect to the internet via WiFi or other means and offer exceptional gaming and browsing capabilities. The device connects to your television via a HDMI cable.
Purpose: If you wish to watch electronic media files, view photographs, browse the internet or engage in high end gaming.
An HDMI Game Capture device allows you to capture (record) any portions/sections of the video signal displayed on either your televison or computer. The device has a record start/stop button and will immidiately commence recording once pressed. Records in 2GB segments in .AVI format files. The device stores the video via a USB port which can accomodate any suitably sized memory stick or external HDD. Once recording is complete the storage device can be removed.
Purpose: If you wish to record your achievements on certain levels of your favorite Playstation 3/4 or XBOX 360/One games and then share them with your friends. Once recorded you can also upload the video/s to YouTube etc. to share with others.
An HDMI CABLE is required to connect the video, audio and in certain cases the data from a source device (decoder etc.) to your television. Not all HDMI cables are made equal, therefore if you have a 4K UHD source (TV Box, Blu-ray player) and TV then don’t spoil your experience with a cheap low quality cable. Unfortunately most of the cables ‘supplied’ with your TV or source device fall into this category. High Speed Data, 4K UHD compliant HDMI cables are available from us.
The recommended maximum length for an HDMI cable is 15m. For greater distance you will need a HDMI Extender (see above) which offers ranges of upto 120m via CAT Cable, 300m via Active Optical HDMI Cables or 20Km via Optical cables.
The most common method to extended HDMI signals is via a CAT Cable. CAT cables are NOT made equal and several variants are available. We recommend CAT6 but CAT 5 will work. The internal wire material, thickness and shielding also vary greatly and we recommend solid Copper (Cu) as opposed to the much cheaper CCA (Copper Clad Aluminium), 0.5mm (24AWG) wire thickness and FTP (foiled Twisped Pair) Shielding. CAT cable is available in various lengths from us and also in a 305m (1000ft) drum or pull-out box.
Various Tools are required to complete a HDMI Extender installation. These include the RJ45 Connectors and boot, Cable Prep tool, Crimping tool and Cables Tester. We sell these in a complete DIY Kit