How do I connect four HDMI devices to an HDTV with only TWO HDMI ports?

March 9, 2014
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I have an older Vizio 50″ HDTV. It has only 2 HDMI ports. I have the need for:

1. HDMI for my Comcast Cable
2. HDMI for my Samsung VCR/CD-DVR recorder
3. HDMI for my LBB. (Little Black Box). Thank you for your most recent article or the XBMC.
4. HDMI for my RCA Digital Receiver.

My question is, Is there a way, or maybe the easiest way to hook up the devices to make life easy for me?

Also, do you have the knowledge of a manual for the LBB or the XBMC system?

Thank you very much in advance for your assistance and keep up the great work.

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  1. Harry W
    March 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Hi again Dalan.

    Here is the link on Ebay for this device. Let me know your thoughts on this device and if you think there is a better one in your thoughts. Please let me know. Also, keep in mind the price of others that you have in mind.

    Again, thank you.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=281210603961&fromMakeTrack=true

    • Dalsan M
      March 12, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      You are wanting to "switch" inputs, meaning multiple inputs into the device, and one output into the tv. Splitters take one input and "split" the same single input signal into multiple outputs, so you can display the same thing on multiple tvs. You need something like this: http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=101&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011002&p_id=8463&seq=1&format=2 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812197008. Both run between $25-30 each.

      If you want higher speed and capacity switches that can handle 3D and/or 4k display capabilities, you would need to get a compatible switch, though they cost more. You can keep looking in EBay for switches if you like, but I, personally, would rather purchase things like this from a reputable store.

  2. Harry W
    March 11, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Hi Dalan and thank you for help. I have heard of Microcenter and I do not have in my state, that I know of. I have found on Ebay, a HDMI (1) in and HDMI (4) out. Let me get the info about it and send it to you and see what your thoughts of on this device.

  3. Harry W
    March 10, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Thank you all for your input. I will check my area and then EBAY to see what is the best for me as I am located in USA>
    Again, thank you all very much

    • Dalsan M
      March 11, 2014 at 9:39 am

      If you have a Microcenter or Fry's nearby, try there as they may carry them fit a decent price. Otherwise, Newegg.com or Monoprice.com may be better than Ebay, mostly because of returns/refunds being easier and better. Monoprice offers the best lifetime warranty I've seen in a long time, though the guarantee is limited to cables and some devices.

  4. Rajaa C
    March 10, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Obviously you can use a HDMI switch or can purchase two 1X2 HDMI splitter and connect them to both your HDMI ports to connect 4 HDMI devices. Something like this : http://www.ebay.com/itm/HDMI-Male-2x-HDMI-Female-Y-Splitter-Adapter-Cable-/170493554366?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27b2352ebe

  5. Dalsan M
    March 9, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I agree about the HDMI switch, and there are plenty of options out there. There are ones that will switch automatically to the input that has video and audio going through it, though that means making sure that all of the other devices are turned off to make sure the source you wish to view will be automatically switched to. Monoprice offers a great warranty/guarantee on their products; most of the products have lifetime replacement guarantee where they send you a free replacement should anything go wrong. http://www.monoprice.com/Search/Index?keyword=hdmi+switch

    Not sure if you checked out the user guide found here: http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/xbmc-full-html. There are plenty of forums to check out if you run into trouble or wish to get more out of XBMC and the channels. http://forum.xbmc.org

  6. Oron J
    March 9, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Use an HDMI switch. Connect one input directly to the TV, and the others to the switch, which will go to the second input. Switches are cheap nowadays (I recently bought one for £5, or about $8), and are available in a wide range of models and features.

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