Chrispy_ wrote:You could just get a 50ft HDMI cable and run that from your graphics card to the TV in clone mode. Should give you enough slack to get over a door frame or two.
Don't buy super-cheap HDMI cables longer than 25ft though, you're going to want high-quality, shielded, certified HDM1 1.4 spec beyond about 10ft. No need to go bonkers, you should be able to find that for around $50.
Buy a 50ft USB extension cable and stick a USB hub on the end for the keyboard/mouse/gamepad dongles
Best gamepad in my opinion is the Xbox 360 pad for Windows.
I don't think your HDMI to CAT5 would work over a powerline network. You're need at least 200Mb/s for that to be reliable at 1080p, and the powerline networks are only higher than that in theory. In practice it's like WiFi that promises "Up to 300Mbps" but actually only delivers 60Mbps. I've seen 200Mbps powerline setups synchronise on new cabling at 120Mbps and as low as 36Mbps in an old house.
Chrispy_ wrote:I've only tried those HDMI-to-CAT5 cables once, they were fussy and rely on good quality cabling (ie, shielded CAT5e or CAT6). You might as well spend the money on a good quality HDMI cable that you KNOW will work, rather gambling on some obscure hardware that MAY work.
Bluetooth controllers are fine. I suggested the USB hub on an extension for a few reasons:
- You're already running an HDMI (or CAT5e) cable anyway. Why not run two at the same time for almost no extra effort.
- Bluetooth hardware is more expensive, unless you already have it. Do you have a bluetooth keyboard and mouse?
- You can plug a usb stick into a hub and download photos, play movies, save files connect your smartphone, connect the play & charge kit for your controller.
Essentially, I used to do this in my own living room when there was no space for the HTPC near the TV. I started off without a USB hub and in the end I bought one and ran it under the carpet before screwing it to the underside of the coffee table. Everyone thought my house was awesome just because they could play movies and charge their phone from the coffee table
Chrispy_ wrote:HDMI is not without it's flaws. 1080p over 50ft needs good quality cables.
On the other hand, 720p runs like a dream even on cheap 50ft cables. If you're not sure about it, buy a $10 cable off ebay and try it at 720p first. Hell, you might get lucky and find a $10 cable that runs 1080p over some long distance (I highly doubt it). FWIW I run my HDTV at 720p most of the time anyway (42" screen, sofa is 10' away, windows dpi scaling is awful).
Chrispy_ wrote:Buy a 50ft USB extension cable and stick a USB hub on the end for the keyboard/mouse/gamepad dongles
Glorious wrote:Chrispy_ wrote:Buy a 50ft USB extension cable and stick a USB hub on the end for the keyboard/mouse/gamepad dongles
Just to be clear, the only kind of "cable" like that is really a self-contained/self-powering chain of USB hubs. Because of timing issues, you can't get over 5 meters with any one USB 2.0 link.
Such products exist, and they may work totally fine, but they're kind of kludgy...
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