I knew I had a problem but wasn’t sure about the solution.
People sitting at the long end of the bar would need to turn their bar chairs around to watch whatever sporting event we would be watching. If they didn’t they would be listening to the game and staring at the wall behind the bar which would be the worst sports bar of all time.
The solution? Two (2) televisions.
My wife thought it was the dumbest idea in the world to have two (2) televisions in such a small space. As a man in the process of setting up his man cave I knew better. In fact, every person (man) that has been a guest in my man cave is a fan of my two (2) television setup. (Even a few women.)
With cable television going digital I needed a way to split the digital signal being fed to my main television (55″ Samsung) to the smaller (40″ Samsung) so that the picture on the main television could be shared with the smaller television.
After researching various HDMI splitters I settled on the Rocketfish 2-output 4K Ultra HD HDMI splitter. (Model #RF-G1603)
The HDMI splitter allows the digital signal to be split and distributed to multiple devices.
Setting up a HDMI splitter is as simple as can be.
How to Install/Setup a 2-Way HDMI Splitter
Although this is the rear of the Rocketfish RF-G1603 2-Way HDMI splitters, for the most part look the same. There is an input, output 1 and an output 2.
You’ll need your splitter and 2 additional HDMI cables
- Unplug the HDMI cable that runs from to your television from the back of the cable box.
- Plug the HDMI cable that was previously plugged into your television and insert that cable in the HDMI slot labeled “INPUT.”
- Using an additonal HDMI cable, insert one end of the cable into the HDMI slot labeled “OUTPUT1” on the back of your splitter.
- Insert the other end of the cable into the whatever HDMI input slot you like, located on the back of your television.
- Using the other additional HDMI cable, insert one end into the HDMI slot labeled “OUTPUT2” on the back of your splitter.
- Insert the other end of the cable into whatever HDMI input slot you like, located on the back of the other television.
- Plug in the HDMI splitter to power it on.
That’s all it takes to set up a 2-way HDMI splitter, Seven (7) easy steps.
If you’d like to see the above in practice check out the short video below.
Keep in mind the longer the distance from the splitter to the television the weaker the signal will be. In other words, the longer the HDMI cable needed the weaker the single will be.
For example, I have a 30 foot HDMI cable the runs from the splitter to my second television. As such, when I would like to split the signal I need to set my cable box to 720p because of the distance involved.
In addition when I turn my second television on (40″ Samsung behind the bar) my main television loses it signal for approximately two (2) seconds. If this happens to you it’s nothing to worry about as it’s normal.
If you utilize a 2 way HDMI splitter (or larger) in your man cave let us know whether you like it or not.
I personally enjoy having the two (2) television setup in my man cave and if I had a larger space I may have added a third television
If you’re thinking about utlizing a HDMI splitter and have questions, feel free to comment on this post and I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as possible.