Chris Schmidt (crschmidt) wrote,
Chris Schmidt

Cabling + Wires

What cables does every geek need?

For the first time since we moved, I'm not totally broke. All the little things I've been putting off purchasing -- the wireless antenna for signal boosting, USB connectors, stuff like that -- are going to be purchased relatively soon.

But I'm sure there's some esoteric things that would come in handy if I knew about them, or that I haven't thought of. Stereo to Mini-stereo headphone adapters, female to emale RCA extender dealies, and the like.

I'm not a quality-phile in this respect: I've never bought Monster cables, and I'm not ever likely to, but I'd like to create a system that's relatively decent and without dragging wires all over the place.

So, what do you think I would need to solve some or all of the following problems:

* Computer in living room. Has power, but not wireless receiver of any kind. How do I get it online? Current router is 2 floors up in opposite corner of house, so running cat5 to the location is not an option
* Computer in living room is in corner. Would like to use as media-ish device (can swap cables if needed), but don't want to have it right next to the TV: Wireless transmission of audio+video possible? suggested? Non-LOS pretty much neccesary given its location.
* Stereo in bedroom. Would like to be able to transmit tunes (when playing music) or other system audio (ie watching movies) to bed or desk. Max Distance is about 15-20 feet. Possible? Suggested?

I'm msure there's a few things I'm not mentioning - the fact that I lost my DVI->Video cable for the mac mini, for example, so I'll be buying a new one of those, but this gives you a general idea of the kind of things that I'm looking for. So, if you can think of something that I need but probably don't have, or that I might need someday that I could play with then forget about, I'd love to hear about it.

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