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Have a client that needs to set up a HD Video camera in one room and broadcast that signal (though a PC) to up to 5 different rooms at the same time.

They only are concerned with the Video feed as they already have the ability to broadcast the sound.

All of the TVs are Flat-screens and would typically have VGA, HDMI and RCA connectors available.

Hard-wiring is not really an option as the building is over 100 years old with multiple additions and is 2 story.

I will be using a single Wireless IP camera that will connect via a router or access point in the area. Using a browser - in full screen mode, I want an extended screen to be able to broadcast back over the same router (or if necessary on a separate router) to the 5 different locations withing the building.

The router I have is capable of both 2.4 and 5 Gig

Need some options here

Thanks Guys
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by:hench01
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Hi, if it exist the internet is making it real hard to find :)

I will check with a friend tomorrow that runs a tv/media company, if it exist he will know.

In the meantime, have you considered to place 5 small pc's behind the screens with wireless network cards?
That way they can access the feed from the camera directly.

My guess is that if there is a solution to transfer video to 5 screens via ip wireless it will cost big bucks.

Now I don't know if money is a problem but anyways.
I'll come back with hopefully more info tomorrow.

Cheers!
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by:Don Thomson
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We have taken another look at the building and some of the TV locations we can wire for CAT5 - If we use an RCA or HDMI to Cat5 Converter - we may be able to do it. Then it's just a matter of getting some type of amplifier/Switch  to drive all 5 devices.
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by:Rob Knight
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Hi,

Why don't you use a Video card supporting 5 or 6 outputs and mirror them? AMD and Matrox make such cards. Eyefinity 5/6. Alternatively, if the PC supports it, 2 video cards?

For wireless, you could use HDMI over wireless using kit such as http://www.iogear.com/product/GW3DHDKIT/ - I believe there may be cheaper units but you also need to consider penetration through walls/range etc.

If the wireless camera can support multiple connections simultaneously and uses Flash or some other form of widely supported video rendering, you could consider using mini-pc HDMI sticks (running Android or Linux) that's plugged into each TV and accessing the camera over WLAN?

Regards,


RobMobility.
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by:Rob Knight
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Hi,

You'll find the stick-pcs probably advertised as Android media players - look for dual core or quad core units based on RK3066 or i.X6 processors - Minix X5 for example.

Regards,


RobMobility.
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by:Don Thomson
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In order to ensure a strong and clear signal - I think we really need to Wire the Camera back to the router.

The stick-pc looks interesting - Let me think that one over
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In the end, although some of the suggestions were good, none would apply to our situation. We ended up going with a fully wired solution - With the camera wired back to a router, and using a laptop connected to an 8 port HDMI controller that extends the signal about 150ft each to the various TV sets
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None of the responses would have worked in the way that we needed it to work
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