What is an HDMI cable with ethernet

Which HDMI cable? Basic knowledge compact

HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface - an interface established in 2003 for the transmission of digital audio and video data.

This interface standardizes and optimizes previous processes in the field of digital entertainment electronics, especially with regard to their quality.

In addition, HDMI enables uniform copy protection (DRM).

Have you ever heard of HDMI 1.3 or 1.4a?

If so, you are certainly not alone in this. Because more and more manufacturers have highlighted their cables with this "product feature" in the past. But:

These creations originate from the marketing departments of the cable manufacturers and are never relevant for the selection of cables, ”says the HDMI consortium officially.

More important for you: All HDMI cables are compatible with each other and always deliver the best picture quality with a minimum bandwidth of 2.25 Gbit / s (70 Mhz). This is sufficient, for example, for the transmission of full HD content. However, new technologies, such as 3D films or the HD successor 4K, require more capacity.

  • The standard HDMI cable transfer rate 2.25 Gbps, for HD audio and video data
  • The standard HDMI cable with Ethernet, also network-compatible
  • The high speed HDMI cable, transfer rate 10.2 Gbps, 3D capable
  • The high speed HDMI cable with Ethernet, also network-compatible
  • The standard automotive HDMI cable for use in the car with smaller plugs.

Source: www.hdmi.org

Advantage: high-speed HDMI cable

Due to their higher transfer rate of 10.2 Gbps, HDMI high-speed cables are particularly recommended. They don't cost more than standard cables - on the contrary: they are often even cheaper due to the larger production volume.

High-speed cables are 100% compatible with all previous versions. They support all current HD standards and features such as 3D, 4K and HD audio (dts HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD) including the return channel. The new, extended color spaces (up to 48 bits) can also be reproduced. Make sure that the features you want to use are named in the function list of the high-speed cable.

The Ethernet variant also offers the option of connecting the television to the Internet without an additional cable (with supported devices). Most devices do not (yet) use this function.

Checklist: what to look for when buying?

The quality of the cables are almost all the same. When buying, just pay attention to:

  • Cable designation = high speed:Previously: 1.3, 1.4. Today: high speed. High-speed HDMI cables support modern standards and deliver maximum performance (including 3D, HD audio, etc.)
  • Choose the optimal length:Not too short, not too long. Longer cables are usually more expensive, 2 - 3m are standard goods and cheaper in comparison
  • Cable length is under 10 meters:Otherwise an HDMI repeater is required to amplify the signal
  • Connector type fits:HDMI type A is the standard for TVs, Blu Ray players, etc. Smartphones and tablets usually require type D (micro HDMI)
  • Optional: branded cablesCompared to non-name cables, these cost 1-2 EUR more, but are - as a rule - more reliable and better processed.
  • Optional: low priceUp to 3 meters: approx. 3-6 €, up to 5 meters: 6-12 €, longer than 5 meters: from 15 € / repeater necessary
  • Optional: Ethernet Ethernet HDMI cables have an integrated network channel. This feature is currently hardly supported. However, having it on board as a precaution does not bring any disadvantage.

In this way you can usually save money and get good cables for well under 10 €.

Our colleagues at Mint.com have once vividly expressed the madness between expensive and cheap HDMI cables with a great infographic, as we find (via blog catalog).


If you don't let yourself be dazzled, you can save a lot of money with HDMI cables without having to compromise on quality.

Whether gold-plated connector ends or silver components in the insulation - there is hardly any other topic in the technology sector that is discussed more and more than cables. The introduction of the new cable standard under HDMI should actually simplify the connection of devices such as game consoles (e.g. X-Box 360, Playstation 3), set-top boxes (e.g. Apple TV) or satellite receivers. The ambitious goal was complete compatibility with the best digital quality.

Today there are a large number of HDMI cable manufacturers and HDMI cable versions on the market, around which there are several myths. We hope that this overview was able to bring you a little closer to what is actually myth and what is truth.

Short and good: Certified high-speed HDMI cables guarantee the best quality, are reliable and available at low prices, e.g. 1.8 meters of cable for € 5.99 or 3 meters of cable for € 6.99.