Since I have quite a few devices with HDMI, and I got tired of getting behind the TV to plug or unplug the device, and sometimes I may want to cycle through them for testing, I bought an HDMI switch from Dealextreme for about $11. The device, called YS-189, features 1 HDMI output and 3 HDMI inputs so that you can connect 3 devices to one HDMI port of your TV. There’s also a 5V power jack, which is normally not needed, or so they say, and a small remote control (battery included!) with three buttons to switch between the inputs. First I’ll show a few pictures of the device, and talk about my experience connecting 3 Android mini PCs.
Here’s the package with the black box and the remote.
At the back there are more details about the device including specification and “user’s manual”.
Now a picture of the device with HDMI ports and power jack, as well as 3 buttons remote. The IR sensor is just to the side on the left of the 3 selection buttons.
When I bought it, I intended to connect the mini PCs directly into the box without HDMI cables, but the HDMI ports are to close from each other to do that for most mini PCs. CX-01 is just small enough to be connected directly, but most other devices are just too large to be connected in parallel, so for Hi802 and MK908, I just used the (too) short HDMI cables provided.
At first, I connected CX-01 to HDMI IN-1, MK908 to IN-2, and Hi802 to IN-3, but in some cases CX-01 would not be detected, or the screen would just become black regularly for a few seconds, and connecting a power supply did not help. So I shuffled all that with MK908 on 1, Hi802 on 2, and CX-01 on 3, and it’s working fine.
I’ve also checked the remote control range, and it can only work within 3 meters, which can be a problem if you plan to use it from your sofa.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.