Receiver Set for 2 TV's (Cable Suggestion)

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  1. Jan 1, 2014 #1 of 22
    StangGT909

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    Hi, I have a question about setting up a receiver for 2 TV's (including a cable recommendation)

    My primary HR24 outputs component to my slingbox and HDMI to my TV, both outputs work great no issues.

    I have a H24 in my bedroom that's not frequently used.

    I'm adding a treadmill (new years resolution) to my unfinished basement.

    I have a TV down there but no Directv box, as prior to this treadmill project I never go down there.

    Since both the bedroom and basement will be only used 5-7 times a week, I'd like to run a long cable and share the box via 40' HDMI cable and a RF remote. I have an extra RF remote due to getting an NFL remote before they were discontinued. I have a box of old component cables, I'll just use that for the first tv (no need for HDMI splitter)

    Questions:

    1) Component to 1 TV and HDMI to a second should work, correct? Even if it does work, I will never need to watch both at once

    2) Anyone have a suggestion for a 40' cable?
    I'm looking for a cable with the SMALL HEAD possible, because I'm going to be drilling a hole in the floor and want to drill the smallest possible
    I found a ultra slim with Redmere technology cable on mono price for $52.80 but that seems expensive.

    Any suggestions?

    3) Can you program 2 different RF remotes for the same HD receiver? It would be cool to leave one downstairs and one upstairs.


    Just wanted to check with some experts before ordering the $50 cable and drilling a hole.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Jan 1, 2014 #2 of 22
    peds48

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    1. yes, it works.
    2. I don't think you should have any issues with a 40' HDMI, but before you install it, try first.
    3. Yes
     
  3. Jan 1, 2014 #3 of 22
    StangGT909

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    Thanks! I'll go forward with the project.

    Really need to find a skinny head cable though, to minimize the hole I'm drilling in the floor. Any recommendations would be great.
     
  4. Jan 1, 2014 #4 of 22
    StangGT909

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    Would it be a crazy idea (signal loss?) to convert it from HDMI to mini- HDMI at the point where I drill the hole in the floor to reduce the diameter?
     
  5. Jan 1, 2014 #5 of 22
    peds48

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    not sure, never tried it. but you can always put some putty on your wood floor to cover the hole
     
  6. Jan 1, 2014 #6 of 22
    willardcpa

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    Hmmm, new years resolution
    Seems like a lot of work and expense for something that's only going to be used for a month or so!!!
    . :bang
     
  7. Jan 2, 2014 #7 of 22
    StangGT909

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    Trust me, the treadmill cost much more than the HDMI cable...lol..
     
  8. Jan 2, 2014 #8 of 22
    bpratt

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  9. Jan 2, 2014 #9 of 22
    StangGT909

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    It's a little more money, but this one looks like it has a chip inside that boosts signal.
    http://www.monoprice.com/Product/?c_id=102&cp_id=10255&cs_id=1025506&p_id=9431&seq=1&format=1&utm_expid=58369800-11.KFcpHWqASSutMqNPOqaJVg.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.monoprice.com%2FProduct%3Fc_id%3D102%26cp_id%3D10255%26cs_id%3D1025506%26p_id%3D9431%26seq%3D1%26format%3D2#largeimage


    Option 1 is to get that one at 40' for $52.80, drill a large hole in the carpeted floor behind the dresser, and go straight from box to TV.

    Option 2 would be to get a short-medium length HDMI-Micro HDMI cable with a smaller size plug, allowing for a smaller hole in my floor, then get the 30' RedMere cable for cheaper at $40.02 and a micro to full size step up adapter to attached to the end that went through the floor.

    I like the smaller hole idea, but generally speaking I thought as a rule having 2-3 cables and adapters strung together is BAD, but if it's digital, does it really matter?
     
  10. bpratt

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    My 60 foot cable is a 35 foot and a 25 foot connected together without any signal boost. Works great.
     
  11. harsh

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    The monoprice HDMI over CAT5 wall plate solutions are typically much cheaper than HDMI cables and you only need to poke a couple of CAT5 cables through the floor. The other thing CAT5 has going for it is that it has many other possible uses. If you don't already have wired networking down there, I'd run a third cable for media streaming (music to exercise by).
     
  12. StangGT909

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  13. bpratt

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    The in-wall cables are generally very stiff. If you have any 90 degree bends at either end, you may find it difficult to get the ends to stay in without some kind of ties.
     
  14. StangGT909

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  15. inkahauts

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    Get the Redmere hdmi cables from Solid signal or monoproce an you will have a small ul rated cable that works great through walls and over long distances.
     
  16. M3 Pete

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    Those monoprice "regular" cables are super stiff, I had to use a 90 to plug it into the wall mounted plug. I'd use a Redmere just because it is easier to route, you are only talking about $25-30 more than a regular cable. You probably spend 3-5 times that every month on DirecTV. But you can only use one Redmere cable per run, you cannot link them together, they won't work. (I tried).
     
  17. StangGT909

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    I agree the diff wasn't significant, but with shipping the Redmere one was just about $60 and the Dynex one at best buy was $25, free shipping, and I had a $25 BB gift card so $0 vs $60 was easy.
    If it comes and it's too stiff, I'll just return the a best buy brick and motor and order the Redmere.
    Reviews on BB's site point to it being thick, but flexible. To be honest, the cable is probably 5-8 feet longer than I need so I can deal with kind of a wide loop to turn 90 deg.
    If it works, $25 is a great deal, and I'll report back.

    Came up with a solution for the hole in the floor.
    I'm going to drill a hole from the top with a really small drill bit.
    Go to the basement and locate the hole, then drill a 3/4" hole from below, very slowly and carefully.
    Goal will be to break through the wood, but not the carpet.
    Once that happens, I'm going to try and just make a "slit" with a utility knife, and if successful, pull the cable through.
    If I ever were to remove the cable, the slit hopefully would not be noticeable, or at least much less than a 3/4" hole.
     
  18. Laxguy

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    If you have good wood under the carpet, you might want to slit first, and drill large from above, Then save the cut out.

    Either way, good solution!
     
  19. bpratt

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    I didn't have any luck with the RF remote working from the TV that is 60 feet away so I used this IR extender as a solution. I placed the IR emitter about 4 inches away from the IR port on the front of my HR44. It would require you to run an audio stereo cable along with the HDMI cable but this solution works great.

    http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=109&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011009&p_id=9895&seq=1&format=2

    Monoprice also has an IR extender that shares the HDMI cable. I haven't tried it so I don't know how well it works.

    http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=109&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011009&p_id=9964&seq=1&format=2
     
  20. StangGT909

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    Good point, but it's just plywood style flooring, not hard wood.
     

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