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Old 06-16-2014, 06:12 PM   #1
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HDMI switches that work with Roamio Plus

I recently purchased a Roamio Plus to replace my dying S3 (intermittent HD problems). I thought I'd be able to just swap it into my existing configuration and keep going, but no such luck.

I have my source devices all going through a 4 x 2 HDMI matrix switch so I can route any of them to one of two TVs and it has never been a problem. It has worked with every device I've connected, including my S3 Tivo, for the past 3 years. The Roamio Plus is the first device that refuses to send signal through the switch to either TV. I can successfully directly connect the Roamio Plus to either TV and I have eliminated particular cables and ports on the switch as the culprits.

Has anyone found an HDMI matrix switch with at least 4 inputs (5 or 6 would be even better!) and at least 2 outputs that plays nice with the Roamio? It seems like the problem may relate to particular HDMI specs or EDID settings, but I'd really like input from a Roamio owner who has had reliable success before I just start buying devices hoping they will work.

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HDCP may play a role here.
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:34 AM   #3
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If you already have a hdmi switch, try a ViewHD hdmi splitter. Those are known to solve most hdmi issues, search Amazon.com for them, a simple 2 port splitter model should work, put one for the output to the existing input of your hdmi switch and you should be fine.
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Old 06-17-2014, 01:27 PM   #4
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I am using one of these to feed a local TV and one in a bedroom about 30 ft. away from a basic:

If a 4X4 is overkill they also have a 4X2: http://www.bestlinknetware.com/Product/110510

The 4X4 I am using replaced a 4X2 from Monoprice that would not work properly in the bedroom. Surprising, since I've always used/liked their products in the past.
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Old 06-18-2014, 07:29 AM   #5
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I'm using a Monoprice one, but it's not a matrix. What I've found with the MonoPrice stuff in the past is if the version I have has compatibility issues, if I upgrade to the latest version compatibility issues go away. While it sucks that there's no fw upgrade path, at monoprice's prices, you can afford to upgrade every once in a while.
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Old 06-21-2014, 10:25 PM   #6
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This - more or less - did the trick for me. I ordered 3 different Monoprice matrix switches as well as the recommended BestLinkNetware switch and an HDTVSupply 4x4 matrix. Then I started with the cheapest and moved upwards until one worked. The Monoprice 5312 (aka the HDX-402e) worked fine and actually handshakes much more quickly than my old switch. I returned the other 4 switches. Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions!
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