Ends today. Tiger Direct has the Actiontec MWTV200KIT-01 MyWirelessTV WiFi HDMI Transmitter & Receiver HD Video Kit for $150 - $15 unique coupon [Exp 9/30] - $30 off with coupon code RTX137299 [Exp 8/13] - $30 rebate [Exp 8/13] = $75 with free shipping. Costs around $180+ on the web. Supports full high-definition 3D content, IR and USB back-channels, and up to 150-foot range.
$187 Retail: $230

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    Goob Ben's cred: 213
    Posted 7:27 pm PDT 08/13/14

    So if you have a long run for the HDMI feed you have a few options.
    1) They have 25' long HDMI cables.

    2)They have HDMI over Ethernet (Cat 5E or 6)(requires 2 lengths of cable).



    3) They have devises like these wireless transmitters which are usually pricey. This one will cost me less than $70 after checking out through Discover Card (5% additional discount) if the rebate goes through.

    I used to use a 25' HDMI to a small monitor in the kitchen. I will no longer use this method because oddly enough I've burnt out the HDMI port on two monitors in the last year and it always occurred during thunderstorms. The damaged monitors continued to work through the DVI or analog ports but HDMI didn't. I guess the 25 HDMI cable acts like a long antenna and somehow damages the HDMI port during close lightning strikes. So I'm going to try this Actiontec and avoid burning up anymore HDMI ports. Maybe this is a problem specific to the Asus monitors I was buying because I couldn't find anyone else with this problem using a Google search. Maybe Dave have a theory on the HDMI's going out.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3864
    Posted 8:04 pm PDT 08/13/14

    ^ My guess would be the surge came in through the AC power line or cable line, then among other directions it also traveled down the HDMI cable, but that if it had been connected via DVI or ethernet, the surge might have traveled that route too, that the length of the cable doesn't matter much unless you had it ran outside elevated enough that it took a direct lightning strike.

    There are 50' HDMI cables on the market, though I've never tried to use one that long, don't know at what length (or resolution and refresh rate) it becomes more important to use a high quality cable.

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    Goob Ben's cred: 213
    Posted 8:21 pm PDT 08/13/14

    Yeah tuff to say which path the surge came from. Mine is a completely indoor setup hooked up to the integrated HDMI of a HTPC. Just seems strange that both times it was the HDMI port making me think it came from the HDMI cable and not the wall outlet DC adapter. I have several other PC monitor setups that are similar but standard 3' HDMI cable and they give me no trouble. Don't know....I guess my solution will be to try a different monitor brand, this wireless HDMI transmitter and maybe a surge protector at the outlet.

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