HDMI wall passthrough

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    HDMI wall passthrough

    Having a computer in every room for media playback is great but there are times when the PC itself can be an eyesore or in the way.

    If you need to hide the PC and access the functionality here is what you can do.

    Find a location for the PC such as a closet or even an adjoining room.

    This is a home media server mounted above my incomplete pantry:


    The mission is to use it as a playback device as well as a server. To do this requires less than 100 dollars in parts, screwdriver, box cutter, pencil, something to put a round hole in the wall (I just used a screw and wobbled out the hole because I did not want to wake up the kids with a drill) and two drywall anchors of appropriate size for your faceplate mounting screws.

    First you must get the components for this:

    The pass through



    Two HDMI cables (one from PC to pass through and one from pass-through to TV), Wireless keyboard and mouse and a USB extension cable.

    Begin by marking


    Next cut your hole with your box-cutter; mind the depth as not to cut any wiring (I have customized this home and run the wiring myself so I am aware of wire placement). Disclaimer for my protection and that of tech-Reaction: If you are worried about this read no further as I nor tech-Reaction are liable for your mistakes.



    Next install appropriate mounting anchors



    Attach plate


    Run lead from PC to pass through and hook up wireless keyboard/mouse (I had to run my 2.4 Ghz TX/RX unit for the KB/Mouse in the wall with a 4 foot USB extension to avoid the reflective insulation)


    Install TV




    A remote power on switch may be needed if your PC is in an inaccessible location such as this unit. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

    I suggest using Gold plated connectors for all AV work. It makes absolutely no difference in the quality of digital media but they also will not corrode in a harsh environment. Just saying.

    For a wall pass-through from one room to another you will need an additional 3 foot HDMI cable.

    Any questions? Feel free to ask and I will help in any way I can.
    Last edited by Archer; 05-30-2011 at 01:09 AM.
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    Very nice
    You know what the max length for HDMI are these days?
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    I have seen 18' but I think they can go quite a bit further.

    EDIT: WOW http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812270217
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    Great idea Archer. Wanted to do that myself for a while now, even have a 25' in wall rated HDMI cable I bought a few years back to make the project happen *sigh going to have to update it for 1.4 spec probably if I go 3D tv. (doubtful)
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    I figured the Intel dual (clark) was enough to play movies and serve media at the same time. If it is not I could always get an i7 or a quad i5 but I don't want to because of the location and heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Archer View Post
    I have seen 18' but I think they can go quite a bit further.

    EDIT: WOW http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812270217
    Wow indeed wiki says ~50ft is possible, so 100ft might be pushing it But depends on what you use them for as well I guess.
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    I have to wonder what they are pushing that signal with. I don't know the specs on HDMI but I know there is resistance so the power must overcome this resistance.

    Side note: Personaly I think the next move will be some sort of optical cable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Archer View Post
    Side note: Personaly I think the next move will be some sort of optical cable.

    Intel Light peak?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neuromancer View Post
    Intel Light peak?
    Don't know I have not even looked into it I guess that could be an option though if it has the price/bandwith. I really think we need a ▄ber wire capable of carrying video, audio, massive amounts of data and I/O all at the same time.
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    Its supposed to carry everything you can transport across PCIE.

    Intel is developing it and Apple is supposed to be interested in it. So no, it probably will not have a good price point. Not for a couple of years after implementation (IE, it will be available on motherboards as integrated parts for 2 years before the peripherals that use it are worth considering purchasing)
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