24th April 2012 11:01 AM
I have a problem with a Sony HS20 switching inputs when using HDMI I cured the problem for a long with a inline HDMI powered extender. I sold that when I got a powered spliter and as it worked fine for a while and is now doing it again. Is there any advantage of the Cat/5 over what I have used. I have about a 15m HDMI cable to the projector, any advice appreciated.
24th April 2012 04:30 PM
Over that sort of range boosting with what you had or conversion to ethernet is the only real option. Not all splitters are made equal, and many just split without actually boosting.
Sometimes the contacts of the HDMI cable can have corrosion or dirt build up(even if never pulled out) where if it is margional it will lose signal.
One advantage of Cat5/6 runs is you can tidy up with new contacts.
25th April 2012 08:59 AM
A 15M run with HDMI cable is easy to do as long as it is 24AWG grade, many are 26AWG and they will be very problematic!!! All our HDMI cables are 24AWG from 12M up and they well not drop the signal all the way up to lengths of 25M.
I still prefer to use a cable any day rather than cat5/6 extenders, a cable has two connections, an extender needs eight plus power, too many things to go wrong!
25th April 2012 09:31 AM
Thanks for the reply's the HDMI cable I have is a good quality one I got years ago from Bluejeans, the picture is perfect even without an extender, the Sony projector I have has this issue with switching inputs when using HDMI intermittently, I searched forums years ago lots had the problem but no cure, so I just used component. Then I found a powered HDMI extender and it cured the problem. Murray do you have any powered extenders for HDMI?
25th April 2012 09:55 AM
I think you mean you need a repeater again for the 15M HDMI cable, correct?
If so this one is great for boosting the signal, you dont need power for it but can add a power pack if ever you wanted to, but I know you wont need it. It has a dial on the side and you set it to the length of the cable, but I would set to full. You place it close to the projector but take care with the cable you use after the repeater as all short ones are often too thin.
What is the AWG of your 15M cable, it still might only be 26AWG, thats just no good for 15M. Problem is most Sellers don't tell you what AWG cable they sell, most don't even know!
25th April 2012 10:27 AM
I have just checked and it is definitely 24 AWG. I never knew that the extender was supposed to at the end of the cable when I had it I put it at the beginning. I have a couple of your flat 1m HDMI cables are they going to be thick enough?
25th April 2012 10:35 AM
I wouldnt use those flat cables to be honest for this job. The repeater must be at the display end. Most short cables are 30 to 28AWG and often too thin. Even we dont sell 24AWG short cables, no one would they are overkill. I would test the system first with the repeater in the correct postion and see what happens, if it doesnt work I will help you and get you a 24AWG short cable.