When you think of networking, hooking up a modem or router to your computer probably comes to mind. While that is one type of network, there is another one that you may want in your home: an HDMI network. One HDMI cable can connect everything – your computer, gaming device, DVD player, stereo, and CD player – into your TV to enrich your video and audio experience every time you use a device.
While an HDMI cable is a powerful accessory, there is much more needed in order to make your home compatible with all of your devices and connect them all. Many devices now feature HDMI Ethernet Channel functionality, which makes this task easier.
Adapters are primarily used for computing uses, such as monitor use and video applications. Cat 6 and 6A products – such as keystone jacks and cables – are products used for high-speed applications. Extenders can help out for those times when a 25-foot cable just isn’t long enough to reach your computer. If you need to transmit data over long ranges, consider fiber optic cables, which work well for this use.
Switches and splitters can help expand your network so you’re not stuck using one component. You’ll be able to add more components and use multiple devices at the same time and really take advantage of all the benefits HDMI has to offer.
Networking wall plates contain outlets for USB and HDMI devices, making it easy to use your existing electrical outlets. Just snap on keystone jacks, and you’re good to go. Networking can seem complicated, but, with the right parts, your home theater will be up and running in no time.