How to Use Cat 5 Cable to Run HD Video & Audio

Written by marshal m. rosenthal | 13/05/2017
How to Use Cat 5 Cable to Run HD Video & Audio
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Cat 5 cable, also known as Category 5 cable, is well-suited for transmitting high-definition video and audio from a device to a TV at a distance of more than 50 feet. To use a Cat 5 cable as an audio/video cable, add a Cat 5 transmitter/receiver kit. The kit converts the signals from a HD source device into a format that can be transferred through the Cat 5 cable. This gives you the ability to send HD video and audio at distances of 50 feet and greater---something that difficult to do with conventional video and audio cables.

Things you need

  • 2 HDMI cables

  • Cat 5 transmitter/receiver kit

  • HDTV

  • Blu-ray player

  • Cat 5 cable, 100 feet

Place the Cat 5 transmitter next to the video source device, for example, a Blu-ray player. Plug one end of a HDMI cable that transfers HD video and audio into the HDMI input on the Blu-ray player. Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI input on the Cat 5 transmitter. Plug the power cord of the included power supply into the Cat 5 transmitter and the AC plug into a wall socket for power.

Place the Cat 5 transmitter next to the video device that will display the HD video and audio, for example, a high-definition TV. Plug one end of a HDMI cable into the HDMI output on the Cat 5 receiver. Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI input on the HDTV. Plug the power cord of the included power supply into the Cat 5 transmitter and the AC plug into a wall socket for power.

Screw one end of the 100 foot Cat 5 cable into the coax output on the Cat 5 transmitter. Screw the other end of the Cat 5 cable into the coax input on the Cat 5 receiver.

Turn the HDTV on with its remote. Press the "Menu" button. Select "Settings," then "Video," then "Video input." Select the proper HDMI input.

Tips

  • Component cables and audio cables can be attached to a Cat 5 transmitter/receiver kit that has the appropriate connectors for sending HD video and audio in the same manner as that of a HDMI cable.

Tips and Warnings

  • Component cables and audio cables can be attached to a Cat 5 transmitter/receiver kit that has the appropriate connectors for sending HD video and audio in the same manner as that of a HDMI cable.

Things you need

  • 2 HDMI cables
  • Cat 5 transmitter/receiver kit
  • HDTV
  • Blu-ray player
  • Cat 5 cable, 100 feet

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