Connecting a HTPC with a TV in a different room

ChrisR

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I am using a HTPC to watch movies on an older plasma TV (LG 60PK990, built in 2010). For this purpose I am using:

a) a wired connection via HDMI cable from the HTPC to the TV b) a wired connection from the audio output of the HTPC to a Denon DRA-F107 stereo receiver + stereo speakers c) a Logitech K400 Plus wireless keyboard and mouse d) The HTPC runs Windows 10 and for playback I use MPC-HC with madvr and some custom settings

The problem is that the PC is also used as an office machine in a different room, so every time I want to watch a movie, I have to carry the case to the room with the TV (15 m further away).

I am looking for a solution, which solves this problem, so that I don't need to physically move the HTPC.

My questions are the following:

1) Is it possible to connect a device to the TV which will give me the possibility to use the TV as a monitor and at the same offer the feature of opening a remote session on the PC, so that I can start MPC-HC from the TV room? I have Ethernet LAN and Wi-Fi in both rooms. Would Google Chromecast for instance do this job?

2) If there is such a device as listed under 1): Can I connect the Logitech K400 Plus or any other external keyboard/mouse combo to it? I still need some peripherals to control the playback.

Your input is appreciated! Also, if you know an easier solution, don't hesitate to tell me. Thank you!
 

EXCellR8

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I would just use a switch and run a thin HDMI cable through any walls between the office and TV room and call it done. The wireless keyboards don't reach very far from what I've experienced but you could just as easily run a USB extension cable alongside the HDMI cable for the nano receiver or whatever Logi calls them.
 

TeeJay1952

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I use Playon for media server and download client
Long network cable and Puter in one room TV and all thing media in another.
 

Aikouka

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I would just use a switch and run a thin HDMI cable through any walls between the office and TV room and call it done. The wireless keyboards don't reach very far from what I've experienced but you could just as easily run a USB extension cable alongside the HDMI cable for the nano receiver or whatever Logi calls them.

This is what I would recommend. Although, you could do it a less destructive way and go through natural openings (i.e. doors) to get to the destination TV. Do note that this will end up with a longer cable, but you're likely going to want an active cable anyway. Active HDMI cables are a little more expensive, but they are thinner, and support distances that passive HDMI cables can never support.

You may also run into problems with USB distance. Fortunately, wireless device receivers only require USB 2, which has a longer distance than USB 3, but even if the distance is too long, active USB 2 cables exist and are far cheaper than the USB 3 variants.