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Old 05-28-2019, 06:56 AM   #1
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AppleTV + the spare HDMI cable

Before I go exploring the cable configuration between the front tv and the cabinet with the dvd playing, I think I should ask if any other 3343 owners already figured this out.

I have this spare HDMI cable sitting in the cabinet above the televator. The dealer says it is prep for a satellite tv system. I want to use it for my AppleTV instead, because I have to use the cable dedicated to the DVD player today. I have to do the same for the bedroom, so in hindsight I should have asked for an extra hdmi input for each cabinet.

In my old coach I simply plugged the AppleTV/Amazon Fire into a spare hdmi input located in the cabinet for the satellite box and choose the corresponding input on the tv.

In the NA, I plug the spare hdmi into the AppleTV and none of the tv inputs finds my AppleTV. The dealer just gave me that 'oh you are a silly man' smile and told me that idea isn't going to work. I guess I am too stubborn to believe it.

The televator area contains a large volume of CAT cables running through a black box. Eventually those CAT cables transition to HDMI and those go into the tv. Ok, I get that decision. I did the same in my B/S home because of the long run.

I don't see anything detached, so I believe that spare HDMI is 'live'. I image through some trial and error I can figure out which cable/s belong to this spare hdmi cable. But first I wonder if anyone else already solved this or never had this issue to start? If so, did you have to do anything more than plug it into the AppleTV and find the right tv input?

Thank you
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:50 AM   #2
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I use Apple TV and Satellite. I have a switch (not a splitter) for the Apple TV and DVD to that HDMI. When I select DVD input I can watch whichever I select. This set up allows me fo watch Sat in BR without needing 2nd receiver also. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-28-2019, 10:34 AM   #3
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Your New Aire may be different so what I'm telling you here may be of no help.

I have a base plate with 2 HDMI connectors in my electronics cabinet above the TV. One is marked Satellite, the other one is unmarked. Both go to a 3 way HDMI splitter (located under the kitchen sink on the back wall). From there it goes to the main TV, the front TV and the outside TV.

I have my Apple TV plugged into the Satellite connector and the DVD player into the other one. I can switch between those inputs using the TV remote.

I'm surprised Newmar would put an HDMI via CAT Extender in your coach. The cable runs are not that long. I used those in my house though and they can be finicky so it is possible you have a loose connection somewhere or a bad component.

Look how many HDMI cables go into your TV. I assume there are 2. If so, you should be able to select those inputs on the TV. You may also want to try your other TVs (assuming you have front and/or outside TVs) in case a splitter is faulty.

One other problem could be that the input the HDMI is connected to on the TV is removed from the selection menu. On my TV (Sony), you can remove unused inputs so only the ones you are actually using show up.

Good luck troubleshooting!

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Before I go exploring the cable configuration between the front tv and the cabinet with the dvd playing, I think I should ask if any other 3343 owners already figured this out.

I have this spare HDMI cable sitting in the cabinet above the televator. The dealer says it is prep for a satellite tv system. I want to use it for my AppleTV instead, because I have to use the cable dedicated to the DVD player today. I have to do the same for the bedroom, so in hindsight I should have asked for an extra hdmi input for each cabinet.

In my old coach I simply plugged the AppleTV/Amazon Fire into a spare hdmi input located in the cabinet for the satellite box and choose the corresponding input on the tv.

In the NA, I plug the spare hdmi into the AppleTV and none of the tv inputs finds my AppleTV. The dealer just gave me that 'oh you are a silly man' smile and told me that idea isn't going to work. I guess I am too stubborn to believe it.

The televator area contains a large volume of CAT cables running through a black box. Eventually those CAT cables transition to HDMI and those go into the tv. Ok, I get that decision. I did the same in my B/S home because of the long run.

I don't see anything detached, so I believe that spare HDMI is 'live'. I image through some trial and error I can figure out which cable/s belong to this spare hdmi cable. But first I wonder if anyone else already solved this or never had this issue to start? If so, did you have to do anything more than plug it into the AppleTV and find the right tv input?

Thank you
I have my  tv connected to the spare HDMI, and it works. Obviously, you have to make sure that it is on, etc., but I am not having any problems. You may have already tried this, but both HDMIs should be connected to the tv, so you might try putting the DVD in the other port for fault isolation. And put the  tv where the DVD currently is. If the  tv works and the dvd no longer works, it probably is either the HDMI cable or the HDMI port on the tv itself. If the DVD works in either plug, then it may be something wrong with the  tv itself.
Also, if you have the 4k  tv, you may need to get a high speed cable to watch 4k  tv on the 4k tv.
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I have a DS4369, and I'm sure they're run the same on most all late models.

I took the spare HDMI and connected it to my DIRECTV.

I took the HDMI that ran to the DVD and used it for my APPLETV.

This works perfectly, since I don't need the DVD.


The goofy issue I ran into, is that NEWMAR didn't use the same inputs for the Main and Front TVs. This means, that if you select INPUT 2, the two TVs won't be on the same source!! Stupid mistake.

This makes the use of a remote really squirrel, because when you want DIRECTV and tell a smart remote, like the Harmony, to select INPUT 2...you've now got AppleTV on the Front, and DirecTV on the main.

And, today, I tried to unplug the Cat6 cables that go into the Baluns to make an easy swap and they must have glued them in. So, tomorrow, I'll have to tear the Baluns off the back of the TV and move them around so the HDMI cables will reach when I swap inputs.


Hope this helps.
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Old 05-29-2019, 07:57 AM   #6
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I appreciate you sharing your stories. My takeaway is to not give up.

I seems the only input that wants to work is this fancy (new to me) ARC input; unless I bi-pass what Newmar wired and run a HDMI cable directly to the back of the tv.

I will spend some time testing ideas out this weekend.
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