HDMI cables support the transmission of picture and sound at the same time.
That’s why they have become standard items for connecting devices in homes and offices. It is likely that you are using them already and that you will use them in the future. The question is whether you are using them efficiently. For example, what kind of HDMI cable do you have in your home? Is it a premium one? Is it a standard version? Remember, these cables are different depending on the connection and the level of performance that you desire. Another question is whether you are using them in an orderly way. To make the best of them, here are 4 tips to using HDMI cables in an organized way.
- Twist-Tie HDMI Cables
There are different types of HDMI cables in the market. For example, the Active Optical HDMI cable can be as long as 98 feet. That is over half the length of a football stadium. Imagine having such a long chord in your house. You have to organize it neatly so that people do not trip over it. Tying it with a twist-tie is the best way of securing it to a specific area away from people’s path. Start binding it close to the component as possible and then tie it again every four to six inches. Handling this bound cable including relocating it is easier for you and your family than when you leave it untied.
- HDMI Pass-through Boxes Are Helpful
Another name for these boxes is HDMI switches. This device helps you select a specific HDMI source for the TV. In other words, this pass-through box is an interface. It takes in multiple HDMI cables including ones from the cable box, the DVR, and the DVD player. However, it only has one output that leads to the TV. Consequently, the connection behind the TV is neat because it only has one HDMI input. Choose a pass-through box that can handle as many as five HDMI inputs. Automatic switching should also be possible in addition to a high resolution of 1080p.
- Keep Your Components Together
HDTVs receive HD signals from various components including cable boxes, game consoles, Blu-ray players, and media streamers. HDMI-enabled projectors and AV receivers can get these signals as well. Unfortunately, scattering these components around your home or office increases the chances that you will have HDMI wires zigzagging across your room. Preventing this disorganized scenario is possible if you keep all the components together. That means the HDMI wires will move in one direction. Keeping them close to the HDTVs, projectors, or AV receivers is an excellent idea as well. More specifically, it shortens the distance between the components and the receiving device.
- Wrap HDMI Cables Together
Keeping these components in one area is an excellent idea, but there is room for improving the organization of these cables. For example, they are heading in the same direction, and that is a good development. However, are they moving towards to the receiving device as one unit or as a bunch of disorganized cords? Keeping them together using zip-ties means that they will crisscross the room as one unit. Doing so improves the organization of HDMI cables. Keep them bundled together in this way until they get to the switch box.