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When the new Apple TV arrived, I couldn’t wait to hook it up…after all, it would magically transform…well, I don’t know. I just knew I needed to get one to fully take advantage of my iPad. Unfortunately, after digging to the bottom of a small box, I realized I was missing a critical component–an HDMI cable. At least, I thought that’s what I was missing.
- Where can I get an HDMI to HDMI cable for less than Apple’s $19.00?
- If teachers are buying their own Apple TVs to put into their classrooms–presumably so they can mirror student iPads, as well as their own, is there an HDMI to VGA adapter?
- If teacher buying their own Apple TVs wanted to connect that device to a television with component cables (red, green, blue), how would they do that?
I admit that I am a rank beginner with my iPad and Apple TV. I have yet to buy the HDMI cable, although I may have a chance this weekend.
Fortunately, there were a few folks online who had some suggestions for alternatives:
|6 foot cable for $9.99 via Amazon|
Two other responses:
126 drrios: @mguhlin I hooked up my Apple TV with an HDMI cable from Altex. Much cheaper. 153 mmongardi: @mguhlin I just bought an HDMI cable at an electronics store. So yes, you can do better than $19!
|$0.99 HDMI to VGA Cable via Amazon – THIS WILL NOT WORK|
This is a good quality cable, but it does not convert HDMI to VGA. HDMI is a purely digital signal and VGA is analog, unless you have a device that can accept a digital signal via its VGA port this will not work. If you need to display HDMI on a VGA monitor this will not work for you. Probably cheaper to get a secondary video card.
|$40.96 HDMI to VGA Converter Box|
I needed a converter to convert the HDMI out of the Apple TV2 to the VGA in of a projector so that I could project my iPad2 screen. Works perfectly for this solution.
|VGA to Component Cable|
- Apple TV
- HDMI to HDMI Cable ($9.99 via Amazon)
- HDMI to VGA Converter Box ($40.96 via Amazon)
- VGA to 3 RCA Component Cable PC RGB LCD HDTV ($3.60 via Amazon)
- HDMI TV – $10 = (HDMI to HDMI Cable at $9.99 via Amazon)
- Digital Projector – $51 = (HDMI to HDMI Cable at $9.99 each + HDMI to VGA Converter Box at $40.96)
- Television or VCR with Component Cable support – $55 = (HDMI to HDMI Cable at $9.99 each + HDMI to VGA Converter Box at $40.96 + VGA to Component Cable at $3.60 each)
Given that you bought an iPad, an Apple TV, another $50 doesn’t seem that bad an investment…or does it?
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