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So i was sorting through some wires and other computer related accessories, i came across a HDMI high speed with ethernet cable in it's package. I'm not sure where it came from, but being a 6FT cable it's a lot longer than the current cable i use for my Xbox to Tv. My question is, would it be ok to use the cable?
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Moved to appropriate forum - no tech related threads should go in the Lounge.

???? Are you using an HDMI cable now? If so, then there should be no issue in using another HDMI cable.

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Hi,

8m is pretty much on the limit for HDMI but you can get longer so 2m is more than fine

Click on the link at the bottom of this Hdmi entitled 'Further Reading: HDMI demystified'

You should have no problem using the cable BTW but some connectors can be funny and cause problems by not seating correctly.

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I do use a HDMI cable, but it's only like 3 FT, where this one is 6 FT. I was just confused with the whole "high speed with ethernet".

I currently use the gold one, the black one looks just the gold one.

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"high speed" is the technical term the manufacturers are suppose to use indicating their cable meets the current standard instead of saying it's vs 1.3 or vs1.4 compatible.

"with ethernet" indicates the cable will also carry network signals via the HDMI cable on those devices which have ethernet ready HDMI ports saving you from needing a separate cable for each device on your network. Think TV, Blu-Ray players, Apple TV, Roku boxes, etc. You could conceivably plug a single ethernet cable into the TV and be able to carry the network signal back to the attached devices via the HDMI cable. There are not many devices (TVs) on the shelves that have ethernet enabled HDMI ports at this time. (Unless they hit with the current model year - haven't looked at them in a few months.)

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Oh, ok. So it can just be used as a HDMI cable then. Thanks!
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Oh, ok. So it can just be used as a HDMI cable then. Thanks!
The connector for true v1.4 is somewhat smaller to my knowledge so it wouldn't fit in that case. HDMI cables are backwards compatible so if the connector fits then yes.

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Connector for v1.4 is the same size - The one we all recognize as HDMI is a Type A connector and was defined in v1.0. The type A connector we are all using has not been modified (the best I know) in size since 1.0.

However, I have seen some cables that have not been manufactured precisely and the male connector is in fact smaller - I've noticed them on some of the real cheap cables I've seen - they fit loosely and do not always provide a good connection and may tend to wiggle loose rather easily. Now I spend a couple dollars more for my HDMI cables - typically in the $10-$15 range and only from reputable sellers and haven't run into this issue in a couple years now. Have been recommending the Amazon branded cables for awhile. Still cheap enough and no problems.

v1.3 & v1.4 specs do provide a couple of different connector sizes. v1.3 provides a spec for a "mini" connector for portable devices and v1.4 has a spec for a "micro" and an automotive connector. I have yet to see/hear of any of these connectors actually being used on any hardware. When/If they do start hitting our devices, you won't confuse them for a type A as they're 1/2 - 2/3 the size.

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