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by 65tbirdsteve / March 10, 2013 1:13 PM PDT

hi all, does anyone have a solution for the needs below? I am looking for a simple way to switch different sources.

#1 I have 3 large LED TV's and I would like to be able to run the same satellite signal (like CNN) on all three TV's and then to be able to view different channels independently on each TV like CNN on one TV and FOX on another. Is there a switch made that I can do this? I understand that I will need to have more then one satellite receivers.

#2 I also want to be able to switch from satellite signal to DVD source and Laptop source.

Is there some kind of matrix switch that can do these tasks?

Thanks for your time.
Steve

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Is that all the equipment involved?
by Pepe7 / March 10, 2013 4:01 PM PDT
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Or do you also have an AV receiver/surround speakers/etc. in the mix?

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forgot to add the link
by Pepe7 / March 10, 2013 4:19 PM PDT
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If you are not incorporating any other equipment, you could go with a 4x4 HDMI matrix switch, like this one from Monoprice-

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011002&p_id=5704&seq=1&format=2

It's probably the least expensive 4x4 powered switch around. It's possible you would have to spend more/find a component to HDMI converter too if either your laptop or DVD player didn't also use HDMI. Mixing analog/digital can be more expensive in this regard. Example:
http://www.octavainc.com/HDMI%20component%20%20vga%20Converter.html#componentvgaHDMIzoom

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Clarification
by 65tbirdsteve / March 10, 2013 6:19 PM PDT
In reply to: forgot to add the link

I will have 2 large LED monitors on the left & right of a Smart Board panel. This smart board panel is a waist of money but it exists. What I had in mind is to be able to push a button and I can display a DVD, satellite laptop for power-point presentations and live video conferencing feed signals on all 3 displays. I also would like to be able to put a DVD program on the right display and a TV satellite broadcast on the left and maybe another source in the middle on the smart board. I know this can be very complicated but I was wondering if such system already exists. The laptop will probably use the VGA output. Oh crap and then there is the sound issue. Yes, I believe a sound system is required and the sounds needs to be switched at the same time. Wow this can be complicated. I will need to check out the links you provided.

Thanks,
Steve

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It's definitely more complicated when you...
by Pepe7 / March 11, 2013 12:26 AM PDT
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...have more than just HDMI.

Get back to me when you have more specifics on your equipment involved (laptop ports, sound accessories, etc.). Sound can be even more complicated obviously.

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equipment switching
by 65tbirdsteve / March 11, 2013 3:12 PM PDT

so each monitor including the smart board will have the capability to view signal sources such as multiple satellite channels, DVD, Live Video from VOIP, Laptop & desktops.

Most likely all HDMI connections except for the laptop & desktop which I will need to add the converter.

I'm not sure how to switch the audio. The HDMI matrix switch sounds good but I am looking for a good control panel that I can walk up to and push a button to select the type of sources. I guess each monitor will have the ability to view the signals independently and the same. If the control panel would have the following on it.

A button for each of the following:

MONITOR 1
Desktop button
AUX (like a laptop) button
DVD button
Satellite receiver 1 button
Satellite receiver 2 button
Video conferencing button

MONITOR 2
Desktop button
AUX (like a laptop) button
DVD button
Satellite receiver 1 button
Satellite receiver 2 button
Video conferencing button

MONITOR 3
Desktop button
AUX (like a laptop) button
DVD button
Satellite receiver 1 button
Satellite receiver 2 button
Video conferencing button

All connections should be HDMI except for the audio.

Tell me what you think & thank you for your time

Steve

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This sounds like an expensive single device
by Pepe7 / March 12, 2013 2:35 AM PDT
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If it exists with such permutations beyond what a 4x4 matrix switcher can do, it will likely be out of your price range ($1K+).

What other equipment in the house is supplying your VoIP video content?

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VOIP
by 65tbirdsteve / March 12, 2013 10:28 PM PDT

I'm not what the video VOIP will be. It hasn't been purchased. Any recommendations?

Thanks,
Steve

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Save your money
by Pepe7 / March 13, 2013 2:32 AM PDT
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Just use something free like Skype via your broadband service, or upgrade to their Premium product if you find extra value in that. There's also Adobe Connect, Join.me, Go to Meeting and WebEx. Grab a decent web cam and you are good to go.

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Perhaps this big boy can do it all
by Pepe7 / March 12, 2013 2:53 AM PDT
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It's an 8x8 Matrix switcher with digital & analog audio options. Keep in mind it doesn't have VGA or other video besides HDMI. This company is not as specific as I would like documentation wise, but it could help you get started on the premise of what you need. No idea of the price. You should call them. I'm guessing it's in the $1500-2000 range.

http://avocationsystems.com/hx-0808ha8/

http://avocationsystems.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/HX-with-Audio-Manual.pdf

There's a video here-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8opTYX1GKKo&feature=player_embedded#!

They mention a future release of a web interface too.

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avocation systems
by 65tbirdsteve / March 12, 2013 10:29 PM PDT

looks like really nice equipment. thanks for the info and I will be calling them.

Steve

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Please let us know what they say
by Pepe7 / March 13, 2013 2:32 AM PDT
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I'm wondering if they would give you any other advice beyond what we have come up with here thus far.

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let u know
by 65tbirdsteve / March 13, 2013 11:06 AM PDT

I will let u know

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