Amazon Basics HDMI Coupler (2 Pack), 29 x 22mm, Black
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Cat cables have several distinct advantages over HDMI for longer cable runs. First, they are lightweight and more flexible than HDMI cables. If it’s something you’re interested in, we have a more in-depth guide for you to review, but you should also consider an HDMI Balun kit. Unfortunately, advances in sound and picture quality have outpaced WiFi’s ability to transmit them efficiently. Because WiFi is limited by bandwidth, you may not be able to take advantage of UHD, 4K, 8K, or surround sound, with a wireless kit, or it may be very expensive. There are a number of solutions for extending your HDMI cable, and all have various advantages and disadvantages compared to an HDMI coupler. But for the most part, HDMI couplers should be your last resort in extending your HDMI cable. What is an HDMI Coupler or Barrel? Further, having a long cable with a disconnectable part in the middle is a recipe for disaster–especially on the floor.
Unfortunately, we live in a world of radio interference and mechanical malfunction. To prevent radio interference, HDMI cables are shielded with woven alloys and rubber. This effect is reduced when there is a break in the shielding.This is because Cat cables only have four wire pairs and are unshielded. As a result, they are much easier to run along walls than your standard HDMI cable. You can also get special pieces of trim for a more elegant look. Or you could route them through your walls to get them out of sight altogether. Another reason why Cat cables are a better alternative to HDMI for longer runs is that you can actually find the cable at a reasonable price. Most brands don’t make HDMI cables longer than 25 feet. And cables longer than 12 feet can begin to cost quite a bit if you don’t want to sacrifice quality. Tips for Extending HDMI Cables First, keep cables out of the way of feet and furniture. Cables in the path of travel through your home theater room may result in trips and snags that damage to the cable, your wall, or your mounts.
Second, use the shortest HDMI cable as your setup will permit. For wireless HDMI kits, this usually means getting the smallest HDMI cable or cables you can find. For the HDMI Balun kit, you will need to decide whether you want to mount the receiver or receivers to the wall, so take that into account when planning your setup and cable needs.Finding the right HDMI adapter depends on the device you're looking to connect, though. Most modern electronic devices feature a universal USB Type-C port (or USB-C) that can easily be converted to HDMI with an adapter. However, many devices use older video standards, such as VGA or Mini DisplayPort, and require a separate adapter. No matter what kind you're looking for, though, there are options for everyone on this list.
If you’re extending an HDMI cable, chances are you have come across HDMI couplers. Sometimes called “HDMI barrels,” HDMI couplers seem like they are a straightforward solution to extending HDMI cable. Simply get another HDMI cable, connect them with the coupler, and you’re done. Simple, but is it the best solution? An HDMI Balun kit has two components. The first translates the HDMI signal into one that can be sent via an Ethernet or “Cat” cables. We have a more in-depth discussion on how to extend the length of HDMI cables using a Balun kit for you to reference, but here’s some general guidance extending your HDMI cables, no matter what method you choose. Run cables along walls without nearby furniture–particularly furniture people sit in. If you must run cables on the floor, run them under rugs, or affix them to the floor with gaff tape.An HDMI coupler will degrade your signal. And through use, the HDMI connector will loosen and may break when cables are tugged. The best solution is an HDMI Balun kit, which uses Ethernet to transmit the signal between your devices instead of an HDMI cable. Third, minimize the corners your cables need to go around. When you crimp a cable at a 90-degree angle, you create a point of tension that damages the wire. It might take some rearranging, but avoid routing your cables around corners where possible. Conclusion In addition to being easier to keep clear of foot traffic, Cat cables are also easier to mount. When it comes to mounting, there are several options to choose from. The cheapest option is to install cable clips. The clips are attached to the wall with either a nail or adhesive and the cable underneath them.