Saturday, 13 June 2009

[UNSOLVED] Connect Mini HTPC to TV

Display1: Wall-mounted Samsung LA32R71WDX (1080i via HDMI)
Display2: Panasonic PT-AX100 (720p via HDMI)
Source: Mini HTPC running XBMC on Ubuntu Jaunty (DVI)

In-wall cabling to Display1 = RF Coax WTF??

RF Modulator

  • A$40
  • 576i
  • Resolution sucks

Attach Mini HTPC onto back of TV

  • $42+shipping
  • 1080i
  • Can’t use HTPC for Display2

Wireless AV Sender

  • A$89+shipping
  • 576i
  • Can link other displays
  • Resolution sucks

Get electrician to install HDMI cable

  • A$59+labour
  • 1080i
  • Capital improvement

HDMI over Powerline (Acoustic Research HDP100)

  • US$272+shipping
  • 1080i
  • Elegant but expensive
  • Wrong voltage

Wireless Media Extender (Zyxel DMA100P)

  • A$386+shipping
  • 1080i Elegant (powerline)
  • Proprietary interface (c.f. HTPC)
  • Good but limited codec support

HDMI over IP (Just Add Power IP HDMI) +
Ethernet over Powerline (TP-Link TL-PA201)

  • US$450+shipping
  • A$166+shipping
  • 1080i
  • Not elegant, but provides wider options
  • Wrong voltage
  • Possibly won’t work
  • Expensive
  • Low WAF

Wireless HDMI Extender (Atlona AT-WHD200)

  • US$600+shipping
  • 1080i
  • Elegant but expensive
  • Wrong voltage

Wireless DLNA TV (Samsung LA32B650)

  • A$1,494
  • 1080p?
  • Display1 can become Display3
  • Fiddly, unproven with Ubuntu

Wireless HD TV (Sony KDL40EX1)

  • A$4,295
  • 1080p
  • Very elegant and expensive
  • Display1 can become Display3
  • Matches the room (white)


Kate said...

I wish I knew the answer, RK. xx

R Ko said...

In the end this was solved with these little boxes: