HDMI Switchers, Splitters and Hubs

By Seth Bracken
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Whether you have recently purchased a TV or are still using an older model, you are almost sure to have the option to use HDMI connectors. Because HDMI is such a recent development there are a variety of different devices that can help you expand the number of ports available for your TV, extend and split the HDMI audio and visual content, convert old audio-visual formats to HDMI and even extend the range of your HDMI cables. However, with so many different types of products and so much technical information, it can be overwhelming to find all the right products for your needs. HDMI accessories include HDMI switchers, HDMI splitters, HDMI converters and HDMI extenders.

 

 

 

HDMI Switcher
HDMI switchers are much like a power strip for HDMI cables. If your TV is an older model and only has one HDMI port, but you have several media sources, such as Blu-ray players or video game consoles, the HDMI switcher is exactly what you need. Connect all the media sources to the HDMI switch box via an HDMI cable and then connect the HDMI switcher to the TV. The HDMI switchers will recognize when a media source is turned on or off and will automatically switch between the inputs. Many of the HDMI hubs also come with a remote. Some of the best HDMI switchers include models from Monoprice, Rosewill and CMPLE. These HDMI switchers have built-in equalizers to extend the range of the HDMI cables.

HDMI hubs are compatible with all the same audio formats that HDMI cables can use. HDMI hubs are also compatible with all different types of HDMI cables, including the latest versions and even the high-speed versions. There are a few features that aren’t included in the latest HDMI cable versions that are not available with the HDMI switches. The unavailable features are Ethernet capabilities and audio return options.

HDMI Splitter
An HDMI splitter will split and extend your HDMI signal from one source to multiple TVs. For a clear example, think about a TV display at your local electronics store. The HDMI splitter would show the same content on multiple screens. For your personal home use, this splitter can be used to show the same DVR content on your bedroom TV and your living room TV.

HDMI to DVI
There are a variety of different converters that will change old audio-visual formats to the HDMI format. Digital Visual Interface (DVI) formats are standard ports that are common on computer displays and digital projectors. You can connect all the different formats and convert other formats to HDMI with a small and affordable switch.

HDMI Extender
HDMI extenders are powered boxes that will increase the signal strength and range of your HDMI cables. HDMI extenders typically include equalizers and amplifiers. However, an HDMI switch already has these different features built in. If you do not need any more HDMI ports, but need to have a larger range or a more powerful signal, we suggest purchasing an HDMI extender.

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