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Max HDMI Cable Length for the mini

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by ainocencio, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. ainocencio

    ainocencio New Member

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    I just purchased the Tivo Roamio and the mini. I have everything in a closet av rack downstairs of my home. All my devices are in this rack including these 2 new Tivos. I ran a 100' HDMI cable from my downstairs to my upstairs bedroom and was working perfectly fine with my cable box a couple of days ago. That same cable, I cannot get signal on my Mini. My question is, do I need an HDMI extender/booster to get a signal off the 100' HDMI cable? The Tivo mini works because I tested it with the 6' HDMI cable in came with. Thanks!
     
  2. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    There is no max length specified in the spec, but based on the physics of it a high quality 24AWG cable can only go about 50' before the signal starts to degrade and error correction kicks in. At 100' who knows if error correction will even be enough to overcome the signal loss.

    My question is why are you attaching a 100' cable to a Mini in the first place? The whole point of the Mini is to put it in the room where you're watching and use your network to transmit the video.
     
  3. ncfoster

    ncfoster Member

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    I have to concur with this sentiment. It seems hard to imagine a scenario where this would be worth it. Run the necessary coax and/or Ethernet, instead. I'm guessing that you want the whole unit to be hidden. Given the size of the Minis, I am guessing that you could somehow attach it to the back of most TVs. The only issue after that would probably be getting IR signals to the Mini, which is no doubt already an issue that you've considered, given the setup that you are using.
     
  4. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    TiVo has a solution for that...

    https://www.tivo.com/shop/detail/ir-adapter-wall

    You can mount the Mini on the wall behind the TV, or use some double sided tape or Velcro and stick it right to the back of the TV. If you'd rather not have that IR eye you can buy a Slide Pro and get an RF remote instead. (get the one for the Premiere/Mini with the dongle)
     
  5. AdamNJ

    AdamNJ New Member

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    What are the stats on the 100 foot cable? gauge...etc
     

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