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Topic # 150772 2-Aug-2014 16:53
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Guys currently I distribute Sky TV via a Sky supplied RF modulator (model number ASM6311) via coax
This picture is adequate on a small TV but poor on a large TV
Does anyone have any experience with other modulators noting that I know that digital modulators are available but from what I have seen the cost is prohibitive ie in the $800 plus category
On a related point my house which is around 10 years old was wired up with Smart Wiring but so far I'm yet to discover if this an alternative to coax, possibly time has moved on and it's now not so smart, any thoughts on this would be welcome




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  Reply # 1100713 2-Aug-2014 16:56
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Assuming you have cat5e cable a HDMI splitter and HDMI extenders at each end is the best (and only real) option.





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  Reply # 1100720 2-Aug-2014 17:02
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Thanks am I right in thinking that distance is an issue with HDMI ie my cabling goes from the main TV, then to a distribution point in garage which then goes around the house, so it goes a fair distance. Would this likely then be an issue

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  Reply # 1100722 2-Aug-2014 17:04
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HDMI modulators will work to roughly 100m, which coincidently is the maximum for a cat5e Ethernet run anyway.




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  Reply # 1100789 2-Aug-2014 18:44
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Thanks I have checked my "Smart" wiring, it is a blue cable saying CAT5 UTP, would this work?


Also can anyone recommend any installers in Christchurch

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  Reply # 1100936 3-Aug-2014 01:48
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Cat 5 should be fine, and if the cabling is already terminated to network jacks in your wall you won't need an installer either. I suggest you have a look at Rapalloav.co.nz (I'm not affiliated, but they have good products and great customer service IMHO). The products you want are a HDMI splitter (does what it says on the tin) and a HDBaseT unit to send the HDMI over a single ethernet cable. You will need some short ethernet cables to plug from the HDBaseT box to the network jacks in the wall, and probably a few more HDMI cables as well. If you are able to easily check the network wiring, make sure that all 8 wires are connected. If you only have 4 wires connected the HDBaseT won't work.

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  Reply # 1100942 3-Aug-2014 08:17
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To summarise the above, 

You will need the HDMI splitter, and the HDBase T unit and some cat5 patch leads.
From the SKY unit, take the HDMI and plug it into the HDMI splitter. From the splitter plug in 2 HDMI leads (one to your TV and the other to the HDBaseT unit). From the HDBaseT unit plug in the cat5 patch lead and then plug this into the wall outlet. 
Depending on where this wall outlet ends up (you might have a patch panel in the garage)? make sure the outlet is patched to the outlet in the room of the other TV.  
In the room with the other TV, plug in the cat5 patch lead to the wall outlet and then plug this into the HDBaseT unit (second one) and then plug in an HDMI lead to this unit and plug that into the TV. 

Easy ! 

The only tricky part for you will be to make sure the cat5 outlet in the main room is patched to the cat5 outlet in the second room and as above, you may have a patch panel somewhere in order to do this (which will mean you need another patch lead maybe to connect the two outlets at the patch panel).  Be wary of using patch leads i.e. make sure they are all 'straight through wired configuration'.  





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  Reply # 1100965 3-Aug-2014 09:34
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Thanks for your suggestions, it sounds like a good plan. It may be a step to far for myself so if anyone has recommendations for anyone in Christchurch please let me know

Thanks again all

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  Reply # 1104616 8-Aug-2014 10:04
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DavidChch: Thanks for your suggestions, it sounds like a good plan. It may be a step to far for myself so if anyone has recommendations for anyone in Christchurch please let me know

Thanks again all

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David


Hi David, may have the solution for you!!
Could you please give me a ring 03 3430362 or 021326698

Cheers

Mike





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  Reply # 1104706 8-Aug-2014 10:55
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The other option to consider (though no doubt an unpopular one on a tech site) is Sky Multiroom.

It's cheap enough (something like $10/mth) that the cost of a decent HDMI splitter alone will cover it's expense for an entire year, and you get the benefit of an entirely independant decoder & remote control.   (So you can watch different channels in different rooms)

Simple, straightforward & cheap.
(but zero geek cred ;-)

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  Reply # 1104717 8-Aug-2014 11:09
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That is definitely an idea I looked at, having just installed an HDBaseT unit, etc. The only real downside of multiroom is that the extra decoder is not a Mysky DVR, so you wouldn't be able to record anything OR watch programmes that you recorded on the box in the other room.

With the addition of a 4x2 HDMI matrix switch to the HDBaseT, you can transfer any source to a second tv in full HD. Much easier to keep the wife happy...

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  Reply # 1104732 8-Aug-2014 11:19
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drdrake:
With the addition of a 4x2 HDMI matrix switch to the HDBaseT, you can transfer any source to a second tv in full HD. Much easier to keep the wife happy...


A slight correction re: full HD.
If one of the TV's in the home is only capable of 720p, then all other TV's connected to the matrix switch will only be able to display... you guessed it, 720p.
It's called EDID, and it's annoying... but it's part of life.

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Reply # 1104742 8-Aug-2014 11:28
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Thanks - my bad!

Although, in the spirit of spending money on not strictly necessary components to achieve the aim (multiroom -> HD distribution, etc), surely that would be excellent justification to go and purchase a new tv as well :-)

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