I've been looking at products to send video and control signals over cat5/6 cable per the diagram in a previous post. I have not found much info on the web about how specific models do or don't work (but the manufacturers claim they work great!) I'd love to know if anyone has any comments on the products below or similar. I have a lot of cat5e cable but I've heard that using cat6 might make the difference between a setup that works and one that doesn't. Also, it seems that all the USB extenders I found were 1.1. Maybe that would be OK for watching a movie on the external DVD, but might be a problem if I later upgrade to an external blu-ray.
In selecting components 'm primarily looking at three factors...
- LinuxMCE compatability
- Power usage (trying to minimize the use of A/C adapters)
The video baluns I'm looking at are all passive. I've come up with three options for powering the USB devices.
1. Power everything from the computer's USB port - baluns, 1:4 hub, DVD, Gyration receiver, and USB to RS232 cable to control the TV. (this might draw too much from one USB port on the computer)
2. As above, except get an external DVD that has an A/C adapter (puts the biggest power hog on its own supply that I could switch on/off when I get up to insert the DVD. I still might be overloading the computer USB port with all the other devices, though)
3. Power the baluns from the computer's USB port. Get a 1:4 USB hub with an A/C adapter. Power the Gyration receiver, external DVD, and USB to RS232 cable from the hub. (this may be my best option)
Here are some of the products I've found... Component Video over Cat5/6 (called variously - converters, extenders, or baluns)
MilesTek (kit incudes sender and receiver) integrated with wallplate $50http://www.milestek.com/video-over-cat5.html?gclid=CJCS88WQiJ0CFRQpawodcjjcbg
MCM (two required) $52.95 bulk price for 4 or morehttp://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/50-7722
Muxlab (two required) $74.95 eachhttp://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/MUXLAB-500050-/33-10060USB over cat5/6 (Note: none of these work for my application, need a USB extender not a balun - 20 Feb 2010)http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/515655-REG/Intelix_DIGI_USB_F_Digi_USB_F_USB_Cat_5_Modular.htmlhttp://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/IOGEAR-GUCE51-/83-9610http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/DISTRIBUTED-BY-MCM-VAD-1110-/83-11534USB Hubshttp://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16817201031External DVDhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135195&cm_re=external_dvd-_-27-135-195-_-Product