Question HDMI over Cat5/6

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  1. whazza22

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    Hi all,

    Going to be renovating my property and will be mounting all TVs on the wall.

    Cat5/6 cable is easier and cheaper to put in pvc trunking rather than a long HDMI cable and also easier to replace if faulty.

    What's the best way to do this?

    What would I terminate the Cat5/6 cables to?

    Is there an HDMI faceplate that you can patch them to or the extenders?

    I basically need a HDMI port behind tv on the wall and one above skirting to connect sky box or dvd player.

    Thanks
     
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    Hi Whazza22,

    We follow these practises in our own test labs/rigs and have written some helpful support to answer a question like this:

    http://support.hdconnectivity.com/2012/11/hdbaset-wiring-guidance/

    With 4K and UHD becoming more and more requested, we have upgraded our baseline installation standard to Cat 6, we would highly recommend this.

    If you need any further help, give me a shout on here or send me a private message!

    Dee
     
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    Solid core CAT6 is the best option if you have to go long with HDMI signals.

    Never use the CCA (Copper Clad Aluminium) CAT6 - it will not handle the bandwidth HDMI requires.

    HDMI over CAT6 requires a powered Extender Set (Transmitter + Receiver) to run the signal over the CAT cable - the best systems are single wire using HDBT.

    Ideally you avoid terminated wall plates and simply terminate the CAT6 cables with RJ45 plugs and connect directly into the Transmitter and Receiver devices.

    Run the CAT6 outside your conduit - leaving the conduit free for future expansion or run two conduit.

    SKY at skirting board - would need to see a schematic of what you are planning to advise on a wiring plan.

    Joe
     
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    Thanks for the replies.

    I would definately use Cat6 if i go with that option.

    The length of run would be 5 metres max so would if be more cost efficent to just use a 5 meter hdmi cable??
     
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    5m is well within the capabilities of HDMI - look for the official High Speed logo when purchasing a cable.

    HDMI :: Manufacturer :: HDMI 1.4 :: Finding the Right Cable

    Ideally you run a spare cable or ensure you have the ability to replace the installed cable should it ever fail/get damaged.

    Joe
     
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    Yeah I will run 2.

    Probably best to use some bigger trunking rather than conduit as it will be easier for future use
     

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