Originally Posted by pmiranda
I've seen a few HDMI baluns that only need a single Cat5e run. Although I haven't used them so I don't know if they're reliable or if they support all features. They are active devices that require power, so maybe they're actually repacking the 6 channels of data from HDMI into the 4 signal pair of the CAT5 cable and even using multilevel signaling?
No doubt, always better to run more cable than you think you need. I ran 2 CAT5e and 2 RG-6 to my living room and wish I'd run more to support multiroom HD from there.
I read this on AVS Forums:
So a solution that is bringing a signal via CAT6 with an HDMI extender in between should solve my HD output issue no?
Yes. Best products for that on the market are the HDBaseT units (cheapest ~$180). There are other solutions, but single-cable ones are generally over $100 anyway, and HDBaseT will give you remote repeating as well for that price.
So then, your overriding determinant with the HDBaseT original suggestion is based on the ability to connect over further distances right?
No, although that's a feature of HDBaseT, it rarely comes into play for residential uses - <100' is a typical run length, so any of the "powered" baluns can handle that distance.
The things in HDBaseT that are important are 1) single-cable solution, 2) built-in IR, RS232 repeating/control, and 3) Ethernet pass-through.
Doing all that will other solutions will require at least two, and likely three or four cat5e cables. If you have a short-ish run, have enough cable and don't care about any of those things, a ~$100 HDMI balun set can work just fine. But I'd vote for the HDBaseT solution anyway.
So there is a 1 cable HDMI solution in an HDBaseT extenders which can basically carry a lot of data including full uncompressed 1080P, 3D, 7.1 Audio & bi-directional IR functionality via Cat6.
However, if I disregard the one location for all the boxes & just stick a mini on the wall behind the TV (low profile) - doesn't the Mini have an HDMI out to the monitor? Thus - it is an HDMI extender itself - no?