Tech News and Commentary
Dave and the team discuss TikTok overtaking YouTube for average watch time, Siri and conversation recording, Apple TV movies available on DVD and Bluray, iPhone 13 and a new Apple Watch expected next week, the death of Locast, accessible gaming, and more.
Joshua in Nashville, Tennessee calling in by using the AskDave button on our site and asked: “We are looking to add two video cameras to our church building and would like to know if you think HDMI or a Cat5-type cable would be better for running it over a long distance to get a good 4K signal.”
Joshua, an ethernet cable is your best bet.
It doesnt need to be cat 5, there are newer faster standards out there these days, but a cat 5 or cat 5e will be enough to transfer the 4k video signals you want to transfer.
Cat 5s and the higher categories will transmit signals effectively to around 300 feet and you can buy better shielded pairs if you want to make sure you dont get interference from nearby wires. Just skip Cat 8 cables, theyre faster than the cat 5 youre looking at, but they have much shorter max run lengths.
Just for contrast since you asked if ethernet was better than HDMI, an HDMI cable has a max usable length of about 25ft. There are HDMI boosters you can use, but that will only get you so far before it gets expensive or before it stops working.
When you participate on the show – anytime 24/7 – and we HEAR you with any consumer tech question, comment, help for another listener, tech rage or just share your favorite App these days … you could win prizes.
The 2021 COOL “Into Tomorrow” HOT Summer Giveaway: Call anytime, 24/7 – 800-899-INTO (4686), click the Ask Dave button on the website, or use the “Message to Studio” option on the FREE Into Tomorrow App!
All CALLERS — using the AUDIO option on our Free App or 1-800-899-INTO(4686) – automatically qualify to win prizes.
Audio archived for at least 6 months