Need to connect 4 sources to 8 tvs

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  1. Shaun Pillai

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    Hi everyone , building a new home and its time to cable while I can before finishes to the house are set in.

    I have 4 sources I need to distribute to 8 tv sets.
    I'm pretty new to running HDMI signal. I don't think I have the space to run a bunch of HDMI cables to each tv from my source signal. that would mean 32 HDMI cables.
    The distances vary with the longest distance being about 25m.

    This is what I could think up so far.

    Please help with your thoughts and ideas.

    My sources consist of Satelite TV box (will need to browse through channels)
    Media player (For Netflix and Plex-Synology)
    AppleTV (So I can wirelessy share my macbook or iphone screens on any tv)
    CCTV cameras (To check if anyone is trying to steal my hdmi setup :) )

    HDMI setup.jpg
     
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    What you require is HDMi over Cat6 (use Cat6 rather than cat5) Matrix with 4 inputs and 8 Outputs over Cat6. Then at each TV location you have receiver that converts the Cat6 back to HDMI.

    You dont use an ethernet hub as the Cat6 in this case is not ethernet traffic.

    http://store.aclasstechnology.com/p...baset-outputs-and-2-x-hdmi-outputs-2549-p.asp

    I would then also run a coax Aerial backbone to each TV and a couple of extra Cat6 cables foe Smart Tv functions and a spare and for this you will need a Gigabit Network Switch
     
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    Thanks for your reply. That unit would seem to do the job but its a bit pricey for me. Would HDMI over IP work?
     
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    HDMi over IP is not really suitable for home use, and needs a lot of setting up and maintaining. Also it isnt full HDMI as it has to use compression.

    If you can get the number of Tvs down to 4 then the price drops dramatically.

    http://store.aclasstechnology.com/p...ivers---4k2k-version-limited-stock-1670-p.asp

    Alternatively you could use a HD modulator and Coax cable, though each TV would need to have a HD Tuner. A modulator turns a HDMi signal into a "freeview" HD Channel which is then injected into the coax aerial cable and picked up by the HD tuner as just another channel on the TV down the aerial cable.

    If your TVs are SMart Tvs then you wouldnt necessarily need a media player centrally, so that would just leave the Satellite, CCTV (depending on the Tvs and cameras this could be done via IP to Smart Tvs) and Apple TV.

    So potentially 2 or 3 modulators.

    http://store.aclasstechnology.com/digital-single-channel-full-high-definition-modulator-2070-p.asp
     
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    Thank you so much for your time and advice. Will definately looks into these options.
     
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    Just drop me an email if you need anything else
     
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    'That unit would seem to do the job but its a bit pricey for me' - what budget are you looking at?

    Can't help thinking an Apple TV at each TV may take care of most/all of your requirement!

    HD over LAN (current generation) utilise M-JPEG* compression so whilst it can be use for Residential systems you are giving away some image quality.

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    *Some of the newer high end/cost systems are now using JPEG2000 and H264.
     
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    My Setup.jpg

    Ok thought of something else. Will This work? It will also allow me to have control from each tv.
     
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    Wouldnt go that way for a number of reasons.

    Setting up the IR to make sure it only controls the switch and the source you want it to will be a nightmare.

    The cost wont be a lot less once you factor in decent (HDBaseT) extenders, maybe around £2500-£3000

    Managing EDID for different Tvs and sources using a combination of splitters and switches will be a nightmare

    HDMI with IR Adapters are not a supported HDMI spec and best avoided
     
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    If you are looking to cut the cost

    8(or less) x Apple TVs £59 each (inc Vat)
    3 x HD Modulators £299+VAT

    Seb
     

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