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February 01, 2020

Add More HDMI Ports to Your TV

One of the problems I ran into with the TVs at Loudoun Escape was that we needed to add more HDMI ports, since we had limited access to the existing ports. Our TVs are all mounted on the walls, which makes port accessibility more difficult after the initial install.

To solve this problem, I found a great solution that allows you to easily extend the use of a single HDMI port. This HDMI splitter was the perfect solution. It is doesn’t require any additional power, supports 4K, and has a switch to easily change between your HDMI devices.

If you want to allow guests the ability to plug their own devices into the TV, this HDMI switch is a great start to putting that solution together. I have a few recommendations on the types of HDMI cables you can use with the HDMI switch, or directly to your TV, and what they could be used for.

1) Male-to-Male HDMI Cables: These are perfect to allow users to connect to laptops. Depending on the type of laptop someone has, a guest may need to have their own adapter. I would recommend a six-foot cable if someone will be connecting their laptop to avoid putting strain on the TV HDMI port or the HDMI switcher (accidentally pulling this cable out for example).

2) Male-to-Female HDMI Cables: These are perfect to allow guests to connect the Roku Streaming Stick, Amazon Fire Stick, Chromecast or similar devices to the TV. Again, I would recommend a six-foot cable to avoid any strain on the HDMI port or the HDMI switcher.

3) Smaller Male-to-Female HDMI Extension Cables: As with the option above, these cables are perfect to connect the Roku Streaming Stick, Amazon Fire Stick, Chromecast or similar devices to your TV. Sometimes it’s hard to connect the Amazon Fire Stick directly to a TV or even the HDMI switch. This extension cable is a little over four inches long and allows you to easily connect devices.

Using the cables is less likely with different types of video connectors on laptops now. Most guests also want to be able to stream directly from their mobile devices using AirPlay, mirror their screens over wireless, or cast their screen directly to a TV screen. I still find these HDMI splitters incredibly useful along with the smaller extension cable I mentioned above with Google Chromecast.

I’ll blog more about this later about allowing guests to be able to stream directly to the TVs with Apple AirPlay and Google Chromecast. Avoiding cables is the way of the future!

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