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Old 11-15-2016, 07:05 AM
 
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I would like to be able to watch some internet stuff on my TV which is approximately 36-40 ft away (bedroom to living room). My PC probably doesn't have widi and screen beams get bad reviews.

Seems the simplest thing to do would be to run a really long cable, watch, unplug the cables till next time.

The HDMI cable at Best Buy was too pricey to even begin to be feasible. So I checked amazon and there are long cables but there seems to be a lot of technical variations listed and I have no idea what it all means. Some for Xbox that look like they fabric on the outside.....or they have weird shaped and colored plug ends.....some list transfer speeds.....

Can anyone help tell me exactly what I would need to do this so I can see if I can find it at a reasonable price?

Edit: Seems I don't have an HDMI port on my PC? Hm. GA cables come in 25' lengths so I would have to have one plus another one shorter and then adapters? Would I lose too much signal?

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Old 11-15-2016, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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I run a 50 ft. HDMI from my home theater receiver to my projector. It's good quality and was less than $20.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Anything more than 50', and you're looking at the need for a repeater. Also, I would suggest adding a video card with HDMI output to your computer. It will modernize your PC and a decent card will allow you to stream HD video without an issue. Do not daisy chain two 25' cables along with adapters. You'll lose signal strength.
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Old 11-15-2016, 08:24 AM
 
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Thanks for you input and advice. I don't think there is a spot in the hard plastic case to add an HDMI output....?

The HP 20 envy all in one PC has 2 USB ports, mic, headphone jack. Unless there is a USB to HDMI jack converter?

Edit:

Aww crap - my tv only has 2 HDMI ports and they are both being used!

I feel like I've been boxed in and there is no solution
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Old 11-15-2016, 09:59 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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There's always a solution.

You need an HDMI switch. Google for more info.

Does your TV have a VGA input? or Component? You could buy an adapter, there are many.

You could also buy an inexpensive laptop with HDMI and wireless mouse/keyboard. There are also many in all price ranges. I have a hand-me-down laptop with HDMI that I use as a home theater and leave it next to my TV for just that purpose.

I would recommend against a very long HDMI cable, they can become quite cumbersome.
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Old 11-15-2016, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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There's always a solution.
Agree. Not starting multiple threads helps, too.
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Old 11-15-2016, 02:36 PM
 
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Yea, the cable idea isn't going to work. I need WiDi. Which is why I started asking for computer recommdations in computers.
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Old 11-15-2016, 02:48 PM
 
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Chromecast is the cheapest but not by much. Fire TV or Roku would be next. You need good fast wifi and a free HDMI port. If you don't have any get a switch. You can get one for under $20. I use Fire-TV and that offers other endless possibilities of streaming. Fire TV stick is $40.
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Old 11-18-2016, 10:14 AM
 
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a switch.......I need to figure out what that is?
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Old 11-18-2016, 11:19 AM
 
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I guess you are having trouble keeping up with your own posts. I already responded to that in another thread you started about a looong HDMI cable. A switch will give you more HDMI ports for little money. I have a TV from 2006 with only one HDMI and use a 4x1 switch. Here is the link to my response. Please read the post.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/46215848-post10.html
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Old 11-18-2016, 02:48 PM
 
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That was this thread and you mentioned a switch and I responded that I needed to figure out what that was.

Which I did when I googled it but thank you for your responses.
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