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Old 04-03-2014, 01:18 PM   #1
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Video distribution control box for HDMI

Recently purchased a 10 year old motor coach. I'm trying to update the electronics with a new smart TV, DVD player, etc. all the new electronics use HDMI and/or USB connections. The Winegard control box, model VS-0604-6412 only accommodates coaxial cables. Does anyone out there make a newer control box? Winegard says they no longer make boxes and referred me to Quest Technologies. Quest says they will have a unit to market by 2015. Sorry my wife won't wait that long for me to upgrade the system.
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For both cables and switch boxes I would suggest using Monoprice.
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Yeah, you've got to skip the old box, run new HDMI cables, and either an HDMI splitter or a matrix switch, depending on how many sources and destinations you want to use.

Probably one of these: HDMI Matrix Switch and Splitters - Monoprice.com
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It sounds like the old style Winegard controller box with a dozen buttons is a relic then? If I go with DirecTV since I already have a box at home I could use it sounds like I could just plug all my electronic accessories into that. Pretty much similar to a house install only the RV is mobile. Am I missing something?
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Your DirecTV box wouldn't be able to direct the signal coming from a BluRay/DVD Player or Antenna to your TV /TVs. In other words if you are going to have anything running to the TV aside from the DirecTV box you would need either run everything into an AV Receiver or a switch box and then select what device input you want directed to the TV. The only alternative to this is to run an HDMI cable from each device to the TV and select the input on the TV. This will work great if the TV is close to all of your devices and would be a very good option. IF your TV is a distance away then you would have a bunch of HDMI cables to run and that could be a messy proposition. If you have multiple TVs then a switch box is really the best way to go.
I hope this makes sense but just ask if I am being confusing.
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It sounds like the old style Winegard controller box with a dozen buttons is a relic then? If I go with DirecTV since I already have a box at home I could use it sounds like I could just plug all my electronic accessories into that. Pretty much similar to a house install only the RV is mobile. Am I missing something?
Yes, that BOMB is a relic, if you want HD. They were only usable for SD when distributing the content via RF signals.

Yes, it's similar to a home setup, but no you can't plug other things into the DirecTV receiver (as already noted).
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Yes, that BOMB is a relic, if you want HD. They were only usable for SD when distributing the content via RF signals.

Yes, it's similar to a home setup, but no you can't plug other things into the DirecTV receiver (as already noted).
BOMB will pass HDTV from Over-the -air OTA signals from the TV antenna, but nothing else.

For all other HD signals a HDMI switcher is required from other sources.
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BOMB will pass HDTV from Over-the -air OTA signals from the TV antenna, but nothing else.

For all other HD signals a HDMI switcher is required from other sources.
Yeah, sorta. It's routing an RF signal, not an HD video signal. And if the only RF you're dealing with is the OTA (or cable) signal, there's no point in using the BOMB at all. It's just another point of failure, as well as a signal loss (compared to a straight wire or simple splitter). However, many of them do provide the power to the OTA antenna booster, so that needs to be addressed if removing the BOMB.
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Actually it makes lots of sense. The TV, DVD, and Bose are all in the front upper cabinet over the windshield. The only issue is if I can't convince my wife to forego the TV in the bedroom. We don't watch TV in our home bedroom now so can't see why things would be different in the RV. Wondering if taking it to a place like the Best Buy installation shop if they could resolve for me.
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To distribute HD via coax you could use the Genie (DirecTV) or the Hopper (DISH).

However, the only HDMI substitute for the old RF video control center would be an AV receiver with multiple HDMI inputs.
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