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Sharing a DTV HD Box with 2 HD receivers...

isszguy
03-19-2009, 11:27 PM
I have two low use HD tv's in my basement that I wanted HD signals to reach (one in the laundry room and one in my office). And since I already have two additional moderate usage HD tv's that have their own box, I wanted to cut the cost of the basement units.

So, the DTV setup feeds an HD box in the laundry room (component hookup to that tv) and now my office is fed from the same box via the HDMI output. The only trouble with this setup is that I have to go to the laundry room to change channels, but I can live with it.

To make this work I had to buy a long (30') HDMI cord which I ordered from monoprice.com. The first thing I learned from this is to order extra length as every little bend eats up cable. My 30' was JUST long enough to the point where I was starting to think I should have gone with a longer cable.

The cable I bought is listed as PID 4033.

Its an HDMI tin-plated copper CL2 (rated for In-wall installation) cable (22AWG)--30' (Goldplated connectors). This cable is huge or to be more accurate, very big in circumference and rather ugly looking. It certainly is not something that you would want to see and for my installation, it does go mainly through walls to my office. The cable looks like something that might feed 220 volts! I only just hooked it up this afternoon so don't have much experience with it. However, the HDMI signal seems very good on the tv that is connected to it.

I don't know if anyone makes a HDMI cable in this length that is standard HDMI size. All I can say at this point is that the cable I bought is monster size and costs $35.82 plus shipping.

End of story...

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joed32
03-20-2009, 06:55 AM
The "in wall" cables are thicker and stiffer than the regular ones. I got a 25' in wall from them a couple of days ago because the other kind was out of stock at that length so I paid the extra cost.

Sam Spastic
03-20-2009, 07:06 AM
If you have an RF remote or 2 you could use them for this setup. Would save you running to the laundry room to change channels. I think the RF remotes have the FCC sticker on the back.

isszguy
03-20-2009, 11:48 AM
If you have an RF remote or 2 you could use them for this setup. Would save you running to the laundry room to change channels. I think the RF remotes have the FCC sticker on the back.

Can you or anyone reading this recommend an RF remote? I like that idea a lot!

Can a DTV receiver (H23) respond to both an IR and a RF? I would like to have the RF in my office and leave a IR remote in the laundry room for my wife to use. Or would I need 2 RF remotes for this split operation?

I programed the laundry room H23 to use the RF remote that came with my HR22 DVR and it works find up to about 3/4 of the way to my office, but then it won't work any further. I saw one RF remote on the web that came with an antenna, but there is no place to plug an antenna in on the back of the H23 receiver. DTV says their RF remote will work anywhere in the house, but that's not true for me. I'm about 30' directly away from the H23 (lot os dead space and 4 interior walls).

Anyone have a idea about boosting the range of an RF remote. Of course, if my wife can't change the channels on the H23 with an IR remote because I have it setup for a RF operation, then I guess it doesn't matter if I get a RF with more zip or not.

isszguy
03-23-2009, 04:02 PM
FINALLY solved my problem for $44 at Radio Shack. I bought their Wireless Remote Extender (15-1950) at my local dealer today. Works great! To recap, I was trying to control a DTV H23 from another room with a RF remote and it just didn't have the power to reach. For the A/V I have a 30' HDMI cable feeding my office TV from the H23 and a short component cable for my wife in the laundry room. Both sets get great HD video.

The short course on the Radio Shack is that there is a IR station in my office which converts the IR signal to RF. At the other end of the line is another IR station which switches the signal back to IR and then on to the DTV.

The box advertises 100' range. My situation is only 30'. There are probably cheap units available, but I wanted one I could take back to Radio Shack if it didn't work.