It is possible for you to send video and audio signals over a patch cable instead of the usual AV cable, which your personal computer or home entertainment systems usually have.Â This will solve your problems in placing your speakers and TV screen in areas where your AV cables are too short to reach.Â This can happen often because AV cables that come with your entertainment system package have dimensions meant for ordinary set ups; the TV screen and the speaker system just a couple of feet away from the audio-visual player.
If you have a cat cable at home that is not in use, you can use this to connect the speakers and the TV screen to the AV player even if these are several meters away.Â This may require careful cable management to avoid splits in the strands that may affect the quality of the sound and picture later.Â You do not need any special equipment or tool in this job.Â A pair of pliers, a splice, and maybe some electrical tape will be all that you need.Â The job will not even take more than a couple of hours if you are quite good at cutting and splicing cables already.
1. Find yourself two network ports.Â You may have an old computer or modem that no longer works. These ports are usually used for Ethernet cables, which are the media for Internet or intranet connections.Â This time, you will use it for a simple AV signal delivery.
2. Get an old and unused straight cable and cut it in half.Â Manage both its cut ends afterwards.Â You can do this by stripping off the insulation from the wiresâ€™ ends.Â Do not strip off too long.Â Less than an inch would be enough.Â Thin the wires afterwards by twisting it.
3. Make a designated arrangement for the pins in the ports.Â You can have two pins exclusively set for video signals.Â Two pins may also be appropriated for one audio signal and another pair of pins for the remaining audio signal.Â In your AV stereo system, usually, there are two audio pins: the left and the right.
4. Attach the corresponding cable wires to the designated pins.Â You may use an electrical wire to fasten it but, if the connection is permanent, soldering it is the better method. Make sure that the pins and its respective wires do not touch each other and avoid a cross cable incident.
5. Repeat the same steps with the other half of the cable.Â After this, insert the ports to the jacks assigned and connect it to your remote speakers and TV screen.
6. Turn on your AV system. You should be able to send the signals from here through the cable patch.Â If you notice some problems in the reception, check the connections that you made, especially at the pins, since it is here that can most likely have problems.