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HDMI Cables With Ethernet

"Conventional wisdom" says that you don’t need to spend a ton of money for an HDMI cable (hello there, "Giant" cable!) – because you get everything you need in any quality HDMI cable. That’s generally correct, but there’s one major exception to that rule.

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When the latest HDMI 1.4 standards were released in 2009, they included provisions for a new channel in HDMI cables: the HEC channel, also known as the Ethernet channel. This was an important development back then, but it’s even more important now. Since so many devices are now "Internet ready," they need a way to connect to Internet data streams, in addition to requiring cables to transmit and receive the video and audio streams necessary for picture and sound.

HDMI cables with Ethernet meet that need.

Why Ethernet?

Lots of people buy new components or equipment, see the words “Internet ready” on the box, and either don’t understand what that means or simply don’t care. Others, however, count on being able to connect their HDTV, Blu-Ray player, PS3 or Xbox 360 for all of the reasons that make home entertainment “so entertaining” these days:

  • Direct Internet streaming on their TV – services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Vudu allow you to stream content directly to your television. If you have an Internet ready TV, you don’t need an interface like a video game system, Blu-ray or Chromecast to receive those signals; as long as you’re connected to a home Ethernet, your television can receive them just fine.
  • Interacting on social media on their TV – many high-definition televisions now have the capability to not only allow you to monitor Facebook and Twitter, but to use multiple screens to watch a live show and discuss it simultaneously on social media platforms.
  • Web browsing on their TV – internet-ready televisions often allow limited Internet browsing, which extremely useful for watching content like YouTube videos.
    Streaming through Blu-ray – many who don’t have Internet-ready TVs use their Blu-ray player to access streaming video. Additionally, BD-Live is a function which allows access to bonus content for the movies that you’re watching on your player, and is only accessible through an online connection.
  • Online gaming – the true power of modern gaming systems like the Xbox and PS3 are their connectivity, letting you play against others. Obviously, you need Internet access for that, as well as for game updates and downloads and many other gaming features.

Internet connectivity isn’t just the future of home theaters and entertainment – it’s the "now."" Eventually, all devices will be Internet ready, but it’s likely that you already have some of them in your home, and need HDMI cables with Ethernet to connect them and make your home Ethernet available for their use. Even if you have a stand-alone TV or component with Internet capability, sooner or later you’re going to want to share that connection with your other devices.

The Beauty of HDMI Cables With Ethernet

Of course, you could use a separate router that’s on your home Ethernet to connect all of your Internet ready components. But why deal with that hassle when you can use your TV’s IP address and share the connectivity by using the same cables you’re already using to transmit video and audio signals back and forth?

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HDMI cables with Ethernet don’t give up any of the advantages of “regular” HDMI cables just because they can also transmit on the separate HEC channel. You still get unparalleled transmission of digital signals throughout your home theater, easily handling the most common 720p and 1080p high-definition resolutions but also capable of sending and receiving today’s newest 4K and 3D signals with perfect picture reproduction and audio clarity. You still get the additional color palettes allowing the display of stunning x.v deep color, plus additional color spaces to support options like Adobe RGB and YCC601 color, sYCC601 color and sYCC601 color. You still get the all-important audio return channel which makes HDMI cables bi-directional and allows them to handle all of the back-and-forth control signals simultaneously. You still get support for modern high-resolution audio standards like Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio

But you also get bi-directional data flow at speeds up to 100 Mbps for transmitting data to and from the Internet, so you can enjoy all of the bells and whistles that a modern home theater system can offer. What could be more convenient and economical than that?

One important note: HDMI cables with Ethernet don’t automatically make any TV or components able to access the Internet. The devices still need to be Ethernet compatible in order to benefit from the advantages of these cables.

Cmple HDMI Cables With Etherne

Cmple has the most complete collection of high-speed HDMI cables with Ethernet that you’ll find anywhere. We have cables made from different wire gauges, from 26AWG to 30AWG, in lengths of 1 ½ feet, three feet, six feet, 15 feet and even 25 feet (utilizing 26 AWG wire and available in both black and white). All of our cables have reinforced quad-layer braided and Mylar-foil shielding to minimize interference with your video, audio and data signals, and we also offer cables with ferrite cores for added protection against radio frequency interference and crosstalk.

Our Cmple HDMI cables are quality from end to end. They all have a molded strain-relief design to lessen the pressure put on plugs and sockets, gold-plated connectors which ensure the highest quality signal transfer while also being corrosion resistant. And the cables’ large gauge PVC jackets ensure that they can be used in extreme temperatures while also protecting against normal cable wear and tear.

If any of your televisions, components or devices are Internet ready, you need these Cmple HDMI cables with Ethernet in order to get the most out of your home theater system. If they’re not Internet ready, rest assured that when the time comes to replace them, the new components will be. Even if you don’t need an Ethernet channel in your cables now, you will soon – so there’s no sense in buying regular HDMI cables which will soon be outdated. It’s time to get with the program and be ready for the future, because it’s here right now.

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